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Sometimes confirmations come from the strangest of sources.

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has just approved a CMDA version of the Samsung Galaxy SIII (SCH-I535), all but guaranteeing its arrival on Verizon.


Earlier this month a device with the model number SCH-I535 appeared in a NenaMark benchmark test. The device was using the Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU and was Verizon branded. We suggested that the US version of the Galaxy SIII was likely to use the Snapdragon S4 chip, and the benchmark appears to confirm this theory.


Considering the fact that the Bluetooth SIG approved a CDMA version of what is clearly the Galaxy SIII, and since the model number of the device matches the NenaMark2 test, it is safe to conclude that Verizon should be getting the Galaxy SIII.

Maybe the GSIII will actually make it to all four big carriers. Hoorah.

[Source: Bluetooth SIG via Phandroid]

Abhiroop Basu
Abhiroop Basu is an opinionated tech and digital media blogger. As a doe-eyed twenty-something he started his first blog TechComet to comment on anything tech-related that caught his omniscient eye. Since then he has blogged for Android Police, Make Tech Easier, and This Green Machine. In the real world, Abhiroop Basu is a resident of Singapore and the Editor of The Digit, a subsidiary of The Potato Productions Group.

  • http://www.facebook.com/phil1000 Philippe Batigne

    I'm begging for it to be on Sprint soon. I'd think I'd have buyer's remorse if I was to buy the new EVO LTE then hear the SIII come out a few months later.

    • shabbypenguin

      no real changes IMO they both have the same chipset. all of the highend sprint phones this year will have the s4

    • http://twitter.com/pvwashington Patrick Washington

      If you are waiting for sprint, then you should expect it around sept-oct timeframe. Kind of a long time to wait for this. You would be better off waiting for the next nexus device, it will problaby crush this phone.

  • Spoken Word™

    It's a nice phone for sure. But without the quad-core CPU it's not enough to make me leave my Galaxy Nexus.

    • Josh Nichols

      The S4 performs just as well as the two quad cores chips out there.

      • Spoken Word™

        I'd still rather have a bit of future proofing built into the phone. Developers are already optimizing their apps for multiple cores. It only takes a few lines of code to make them quad-core aware. And as we've seen with Tegra 3, some games definitely benefit from having those extra cores at their disposal.

  • ProductFRED

    Qualcomm S4? No point getting it now. Might as well go for an HTC One X/S/carrier variant.

  • Ray

    Awesome, thanks.  The question now is: when, When, WHEN????

    • Porterhouse

       knowing verizon....we will have a month or two of pure speculation....followed by a rumor from a seemingly rock solid source...it will turn out to be true BUT release will be delayed due to an unknown business issue...that will be followed by a week or two of more speculation and zero questions being answered by verizon. Then after months of waiting...the iphone 5 will come out...

  • bachinphx

    Bring it on baby! I am READY!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1712821667 Andrei Poenaru

    If it has a quad-core S4, it's going to leave the rest crawling...

    • Kellic

      Actually I thought I read it was dual core?  

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1712821667 Andrei Poenaru

         It does say it's an S4 and all we've seen so far are dual-core S4's, so you might be right. But I believe few things would be able to stand in the way of a quad-core S4.

    • Josh Nichols

      It won't be quad core S4.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MPR3KPSSSXL2ZBPL7OA4V4B62U DanielG

    it's not the quad core S4, the quad core snapdragon is going to have an updated adreno 300 gpu series.  Looks like spec's wise it'll be worse than the AT&T One X

     If your on verizon, you're better off waiting a couple of months to get the a15 based nexi that'll be coming out 

    • fixxmyhead

      what makes u think verizon will get another nexus after the badly botched launch with the current one

    • Josh Nichols

      The US S3 and One X are the same phone on the processor side.

  • Kellic

    Does anyone know if this thing will take an extended battery or is this just another phone with a non replaceable battery in it?

    • xFenixKnightx

      It has a removable battery and knowing Big Red they will have an extended available.

      • Kellic

        Epic.  Thanks!

  • xFenixKnightx

    Hoping it looks just like the international version. I like the button! And please don't make the screen bigger like other carriers did to the GS2 last year.

  • Texas

    Awesome, now if only Verizon would let me keep my unlimited data package.

    • Deltaechooe

       They will, you just have to purchase at full price so it's not much better

  • oneeyejack
    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1712821667 Andrei Poenaru

       It's the same thing that went on with the int'l HTC One X and One S. But they're just benchmarks and I'm really not that sure how much they can prove alone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rauel.crespo Rauel Crespo

    I was hoping they wouldn't strip down the Galaxy SIII to a dual-core, espcially given how bad ass the Exynos Quad-Core is...With the HTC One X it wasn't so bad, because the Tegra3 and S4 are at least comparable...the Exynos is a different beast entirely. This is as if BMW imported the M5's over and swapped out the engine with one from a Mini-Cooper....poor ignorant sheeple will think this is a real Galaxy S III....I'm calling these stripper Galaxy S III's the Galaxy S 2.5 Let's hope T-mobile can keep the Quad-Core Exynos...hell if they could offer it with the 2GB of ram the Japanese model is getting, I'd be more than happy to spend $900+ for a true Galaxy S III from T-Mobile...I've spent more on smaller things, so this isn't much to me.

    • fixxmyhead

      u and me buddy. tired of these phones getting stripped down when they hit the US. i wish i had the money to buy it unlocked but i dont for now my s2 will have to do. right now its too much but if it gets down to about 500$ i might.

    • Josh Nichols

      No US carrier will have a quadcore exynos phone. The Exynos destroys the Tegra3, but the S4 is still pretty comparable in that it's based on A15 rather than A9.

  • biggerguy_sf

    Why do I get the feeling that TMO customers are gonna get screwed on this one???

  • RolandDeschain17

    No point upgrading to this since it's dual-core. I've already got a Rezound. Fail, Samsung.

    • Jackmeoffski

      You bought a Rezound? Now that a Fail! Lol

      • RolandDeschain17

        Uh, ok? It has an amazing screen. Better than even the SGS 3 will have, and I love my Rezound. Are you just an anti-HTC troll, or simply retarded with a double-digit IQ, or what?

        • Porterhouse

           lol relax...

        • Josh Nichols

          Jeez fanboy. The Rezound doesn't have a better screen than the S3, and a dual core A15 chip destroys a dual core A9 chip.

          And it performs just as well as the two quad core chips that are based on A9.

          You're one of those guys that thinks more core > better phone.

          Looks like you're the anti-Samsung troll, or the retarded one with the double digit IQ.

          I have an international One X by the way, so no anti-HTC trolling for me.

          • RolandDeschain17

            Actually, Josh, you are an idiot. While not optimal, they could have a separate LTE chip in them to maintain a quad-core SOC. The Rezound does, in fact, have a better screen than the SGS 3. It is the same resolution, at a smaller size and therefore higher pixel density, but that's not even the main reason why; the main reason is the Rezound uses the S-LED manufacturing process, and the SGS 3, like the Galaxy Nexus before it, uses pentile matrix. It's a cheaper, and inferior visual quality manufacturing process. The Rezound's screen will decimate the SGS 3 just like it does the Galaxy Nexus for pure visual quality.

            I also do not just automatically think more cores makes a better phone. The main reason I want my next phone to have four cores is so I can disable one or two of them, and undervolt it for supremely awesome battery savings because the power use is for the whole processor, not per core, meaning the cores on a quad-core CPU use ~half the power of the cores on a dual-core CPU.Who's the jackass now, douchebag? Shut up, already. I just gave two FACTUAL reasons behind my opinions that you can't refute, so give up.

        • Josh Nichols

          LOL. You're the douchebag. It's S-LCD for the Rezound, not LED for one. Two, the pentile matrix on the SGSIII is far superior to the one on the Galaxy Nexus, because the space between the sub pixels has been reduced by a wide margin. Thus, it has a better display than the Rezound, ask GSM Arena. You're also a dumbass for thinking higher ppi = better screen. You admitted yourself it isn't optimal to have a separate LTE chip, so you made yourself look like a jackass on that one too. I just refuted both of your "factual" reasons which weren't too factual because you denounced one yourself, and you don't even know what kind of screen your own phone has. Some fanboy you are.

          • RolandDeschain17

            Bleh, I just realized I typed LED. I meant LCD, my mistake; but either way, it's very simple, and your own GSM Arena backs me. 
            http://blog.gsmarena.com/we-take-a-closer-look-of-at-the-samsung-galaxy-s-iii-pentile-matrix-display/ The screen on both the Rezound and the One X has a ~3rd more sub-pixels than the Galaxy Nexus and the Galaxy S III. For someone (me) that reads e-books regularly on his phone and has good eyesight and keeps the font size very small, this makes a world of difference for easy readability at tiny font sizes. Mostly irrelevant in regular use when the phone is over a foot from your eyes, but laying in bed at night with the phone 6 inches from your eyes is another story altogether.

            I also cannot find anything on GSM Arena that points to the pixel arrangement being tighter on the Galaxy S III. If anything, it'll be looser due to the larger screen size and same resolution. Provide a link. Even if it DOES have a tighter pixel packing arrangement, which I doubt, it's still going to get SMOKED by the HTC phones which have far more sub-pixels than any equivalent resolution pentile matrix display. End of story. Here's GSM Arena talking about the sub-pixel arrangement on the One X smoking the holy hell out of the Galaxy S III: 
            http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_s_iii_vs_htc_one_x-review-759p2.php 936 versus 612 in the same area. It's not even close, and the Rezound is even TIGHTER than that because of its 4.3" size compared to the 4.7" One X screen size. Pentile matrix is a weak manufacturing tech compared to S-LCD, and it's not even debatable. How much you'll notice the difference is entirely debatable, but not which one is superior.

            One last thing - yes, a separate LTE radio isn't optimal, but that doesn't mean it sucks or shouldn't be done.

        • Not enough minerals

          can't reply to that comment so here goes: 

          "(...)meaning the cores on a quad-core CPU use ~half the power of the cores on a dual-core CPU."
          ok so (2+2) / 2 = 1 
          makes a whole lot of sense...

          fyi it's not the number of cores that dictate the power consumption, its the manufacturing process (32nm, 24nm, you know, transistor size) and it's effects (like allowing lower working voltages). 

          a dual core cpu made on the same manufacturing process as a quad core one uses half as much energy when at full load. at lower loads the difference isn't nearly as big because of the many power saving optimizations like lowering clock speed or disabling idle cores.
          still chances are a quad core with two disabled cores will waste a tiny bit (and really irrelevant) more energy than a native dual core.

          • RolandDeschain17

            Uh, I'm not sure you understand what I actually said. Look at the TDP of say, the Tegra 3, compared to the Tegra 2. They're almost the same, the power consumption under full load is not much higher than the Tegra 2. Manufacturing process differences definitely help, but it's FAR from the sole reason behind power savings or increased performance at the same amount of power. What I meant was, if you keep two of the four main cores in a Tegra 3 disabled, your power use is considerably lower while still having two full cores than having two full cores on a Tegra 2. It's definitely not a savings of half, because like you said of the integrated power savings functionality they put in, but it's definitely quite a bit better than a stock dual-core SOC; specifically, while under active use, where the cores are spun up in clock speed and not just idling.

    • Munsoned

      HOLY DONKEY BALLS BATMAN!!!! TAKE A CHILL PILL PEOPLE... they are just phones. So... relax... :) can't we all just get along?? The U.S. market will have their chance to check out the SGSIII soon...

      Based on a cryptic conversation I had with an AT&T rep a few weeks back, there will be a Samsung phone in June. He didn't say what phone. Then, the next weeks, I read that Samsung was dropping the Rocket HD release, which moves the SGSIII into play to compete with the HTC One X. I read, Samsung believes its only competitor is going to be the iPhone 4S/5. I also read somewhere that the release date for the SGSIII is June 1st, which is weird; on a Friday? Maybe someone can shed some light on this.

      When I went into the AT&T Store near my house, I was quite impressed with the HTC One X, but I want to compare to the SGSIII. I'm also going to get my wife the iPhone5 in Q4 this year so she can stop complaining about how crappy her Captivate is and screaming for reliability. I think Samsung, with the Captivate, has turned her off of the Android platform. Plus, she's not one to use her phone to the extend of an android user; phone calls, texting, emails, and some minor surfing. She doesn't even use apps for anything. She leaves the tinkering up to me.


    I bet these phones aren't getting Quad-core in the U.S due to 4G LTE not playing well with the quad cores. :O

    • Munsoned

      That was already stated/speculated a week or so ago. I can't remember if I read it here or on another site. Also, you are correct, it is because of LTE.

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  • OrdinaryAmerican

    I don't know, for the life of me, why I read these articles on up-coming tech. I'm still waiting for Jelly Bean on my One X. Until that update arrives I feel that my 6 month old phone is antiquated. I'm thinking seriously about the up-coming Nexus 5 and going with T-Mobile. That seems to be the only way to keep up with technology.