The credit for the first smartphone with quad-core processor will go to HTC: The One X with Nvidia Tegra 3 appeared in April. Samsung opted for the now Exynos 4 quad from its own production - and thus created the rounder concept. After all, unlike the One X, which proved to be outspoken firebrand, was the S3 superior. While the clock down to three Tegra benchmarks repeatedly had to not overheat the loose Exynos sprinted to the top. Only after intensive test runs in summer temperatures will also occasionally slowed the S3's performance - a sign that explore the limits of the possible four cores for smartphones. Warmer than about 39 degrees (32 degrees in normal operation), the S3 was never here, while the X One reached 51 degrees.
The Exynos 4 Quad is made differently than its predecessor in the Galaxy S2 now with 45 nm in 32 nm feature size, which reduces the energy consumption and allows for higher clock rates. The four processor cores - still ARM Cortex A9 - reaching up to 1.4 GHz. The graphics unit is also already known Mali 400 with four graphics cores will be clocked at 400 MHz even twice as high as in the predecessor. So far they surpassed even the leaders in most categories Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 with two cores from the HTC One S.
This can be felt in everyday life: The S3 can be used in any situation serve as soft as butter, no switching between the desktops of TouchWiz interface or scrolling on complex web pages with numerous illustrations bring the phone out of step - with Android four already less susceptible to is stuttering.
On the terms affects the performance of non-negative. Also thanks to the powerful battery, the S3 compared to other high-end devices with Android, not only in most categories hold, but are, at a remarkably high values in the Video running time.