Confirmed: Galaxy S III To Pack Samsung’s New 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad Processor

Samsung has been doing their damnedest to keep their next Galaxy phone under wraps, but there’s one thing they just couldn’t keep quiet about — the processor.

The Korean electronics giant announced not long ago that their new 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 Quad chipset would be the one to power their next big smartphone, which is expected to be unveiled in London on May 3.

Alright, so the name could use some work. Fortunately, the processor seems to have more than enough oomph to make up for Samsung’s strange choice of nomenclature — the 32mm processor’s big claim to fame is that it provides twice the horsepower of its predecessor while cutting power consumption by a full 20%.

Those are some impressive numbers to be sure, but we’ll soon see how well those claims hold up in the real world. After all, scores and benchmarks are one thing, but much of a device’s feel when it comes to responsiveness and fluidity relies on how well the developers can handle that hardware.

Interestingly enough, the Exynos 4 Quad was designed to have the exact same pin layout seen on its dual-core predecessors, which means that manufacturers could easily adopt the new high-powered chipset without too much headache. It’s not like that many companies beside Samsung use Exynos chipsets (China-based Meizu comes to mind though), but hey — it’s the thought that counts, right? Oh, and if the sound of a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor sounds familiar, that’s because it seems to been the same chipset spotted in that surprisingly thorough Vietnamese leak from last week.

With the new Galaxy’s official reveal set to take place in one week, here’s hoping that Samsung gets even more gabby with details ahead of launch. I’m not really holding my breath since they’d effectively be stealing some of the event’s thunder, but I’m still betting on a massive leak making the rounds just before May 3 rolls around. Any takers?