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US-bound Galaxy S III to use Qualcomm processor instead of Samsung's quad-core chip?

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Yesterday Samsung unveiled its 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor which it said would be part of the "next Galaxy phone" — presumably the much-anticipated Galaxy S III. Those in the US looking to pick up Samsung's latest may be in for a surprise, however, with an unnamed Samsung executive reportedly stating that the quad-core chip will not be used in the US version of the phone. According to The Korea Times, the executive explained that Samsung will be using its own quad-core processor with 3G for Europe, while adding LTE to the mix for Korean customers. The US version of the Galaxy S III, however, will reportedly use a Qualcomm processor in its place. There's certainly precedent for this kind of split; we saw it just this year with the HTC One X, which features a quad-core Tegra 3 in the GSM model, while using a dual-core Snapdragon S4 in the the LTE version on AT&T. It's important to take this kind of information with a grain of salt until it's officially confirmed by Samsung, but if true, it could put a bit of a damper on US customers hoping to get their hands on the best Samsung has to offer. The picture should be much clearer after Samsung's May 3rd event in London, and we'll be there to bring you all the details.

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