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My reading on the Android 4 is that there is 1 thread always dedicated to driving the GUI while other service threads are relegated to the second core. This works great for benchmark applications and for standard user interfacing. Any instance where you have multiple services polling the cpu will benefit from the extra cores. A common scenario for me is listening to google music through my car stereo -> a2dp bluetooth while simultaneously using google maps GPS navigation. This combination locks up most single core phones. Dual core phones handle it better but I still hear occasional stutters in the audio stream. It may seem counter-intuitive to most to prefer a quad core and less ram, but it really depends on the applications you are using and the resource requirements. I expect that for most people the 2 gigs of ram would be of more benefit, but I do a lot of development and multi-tasking with my phone so I will always prefer more CPU.
1 year, 9 months ago on Samsung, You're Doing North America Right With The Galaxy S III
I'm sure you'll all be happy with your purchase. I'm a software engineer. I've been programming computers for a living for over 12 years now. I don't need benchmarks or anyone else's technical explanation to make my decision. If Samsung keeps cranking out new phones this quickly, we may not have to argue very long before a quad-core with 2 gigs of RAM makes an appearance.
Well I was sold on the galaxy S 3 but now that it's only dual core, never mind. The extra gig of ram is nice and all, but I'm not buying last years phone at this years prices for an extra gig of ram upgrade. I'll wait for the international quad-core version.