UPDATE: NVIDIA have confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy S II will indeed have a Tegra 2-powered SKU. Surprisingly though, Samsung will not differentiate between the two variants, according to ITProPortal. This means the Galaxy S II will be powered by both the Exonys and Tegra 2 SoCs, which will make it the third smartphone after the LG Optimus 2X and Motorola Atrix 4G to be powered by the processor that's made it under the hoods of so many tablets recently.
We all know the Samsung Galaxy S II was announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but what we didn't know was that there could another variant of the phone, possibly powered by NVIDIA's Tegra 2 mobile processor. The Galaxy S II shown off at MWC boasted Samsung's own dual-core processor based on the ARM architecture, but eagle-eyed AnandTech found out that the feature was mentioned in the official specsheet as “may not be applicable in some regions”. This theory is given more credence given the fact that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a Tegra 2 under its hood, and that Samsung and NVIDIA announced that they would indeed be working on a smartphone together.
S II with Tegra 2?
Either way, it certainly does make sense. We’ve got precedents, considering the Galaxy S and Nexus S both had region-specific variants, and we’ve got a reason – that being Samsung's SoC production might not be enough to meet the demand for the Galaxy S II, which will no doubt be popular considering how well the Galaxy S sold.
Either way, I say bring it on; I'm ready for the I9103.
Publish date: March 3, 2011 11:11 am| Modified date: December 18, 2013 7:20 pm