On Wednesday night, NVIDIA confirmed a rumour that had been swirling around for the last few days. According to a presentation they gave and attended by the folks at ITProPortal, NVIDIA's dual core Tegra 2 chipset is powering three major handsets right now: the Motorola Atrix, the LG Optimus 2X, and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S II.

Samsung Galaxy sII

When first announced, the Galaxy S II was said to be packing the Exynos, Samsung's own SoC. Now it is clear that they will be releasing two versions of the new device, either with their Exynos Chipset or NVIDIA's. ITProPortal speculates that Samsung is doing this to boost the number of handsets that can be moved to market, as production of the Exynos is still ramping up.

This isn't a surprising move, given that Samsung has previously released multiple hardware version's of a device when faced with supply shortages. For those in the US or UK who picked up a Nexus S, it came with the Super AMOLED display present in previous Galaxy S phones. For those in many other countries it came with the S-LCD screen to help conserve Samsung's reserve of the AMOLED screens. Like the Nexus S, Samsung will keep the different versions of the Galaxy S II confined to different regions to avoid confusion.

To be honest, I wouldn't complain about getting either version of this phone. Both of these new chipsets make my current phone look like a calculator, so I wait with baited breath to see which version comes to my hometown.

Source: ITProPortal via: Electronista

Zak Stinson
Zak is a neuroscience student residing in the bread basket of Canada. When not reading or writing Android news, he has been known to partake in dangerous backyard science experiments he is nowhere near qualified to perform. He also loves Thai food.

  • reddragon72

    I think it would be better off if Google did some roping right now. Seems we have game companies going with different chips and this is worse then OS version fragmentation. Google needs to really step in and make a "directX" kinda API so that any game can run on any phone independent of the chipset. Will this be Android's undoing? maybe, but only time will tell on that one, but the playing field needs to be revamped, not just leveled or all Android users will suffer and ultimately Google as well..

  • koopa

    why is the dell streak 7 always forgotten ?

  • Grammar Cop

    As an alleged journalist, you should have known the expression is spelled, "bated breath."

  • TareX

    Unfortunately way, way, way too expensive!

  • Dan

    Like DX on PC vendors optimise games for a chipset. I think this is how multicore android will work. I still have PC games that look much better on Nvidia than ATI and vice versa. I just hope that the Nvidia chipset version comes to Australia because I feel like people will lean towards optimising for that one at the moment. Next gen games will work on both but will look alot better on Tegra

  • Simon

    I just can't get over how much it looks like the iPhone :(
    also how does it work with only one button? are the settings, search, and back buttons touch? i haven't used the SGS before

    • mikeymop

      The back button and menu button are capacitive and sit on either side of the center button which acts as a home key. A long press on the back button acts as the search button.