Samsung Galaxy S3 4G? Dual-core version appears as release date nears

Samsung will launch a quad-core version of the upcoming S3, according to data by NenaMark

A dual-core version of the Samsung Galaxy S3 has reportedly appeared online, meaning a 4G version could be available to US customers

US customers could be getting a 4G-friendly version of the Samsung Galaxy S3, according to reports.

The upcoming handset could sport a Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor - the same chip used in the Asus PadFone – giving it the essential kit needed to host 4G connectivity, according to data published NenaMark.

The news comes amid speculation that Samsung will follow in the footsteps of HTC, which downgraded its quad-core One X to a dual-core processor to enable 4G capabilities, specifically catering to the US market.

4G has been available in the States since 2003.

Although the international edition of the S3 will sport the Exynos 4 quad-core processor, many had expected a US version of the handset to be released, otherwise it would have had trouble competing with other 4G-enabled devices, such as the HTC One X.

This has now been clarified as the NenaMark 2 test projects a Snapdragon dual-core processor in addition to a Adreno 225 GPU for the S3, the Android-dedicated site Phandroid reports.

Samsung Galaxy S3: Specs

The Samsung Galaxy S3 is expected to land in the UK on May 30. If you’re looking to snag one, ensure you check out our Samsung Galaxy S3 UK price feature for our roundup of the best deals available to British buyers.

The S3 – the follow-up to Samsung’s hugely popular Galaxy S2 - comes packing Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1.4GHz Exynos 4 quad-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera for quality snaps.

With a 4.8-inch screen on board, the S3 isn't exactly small. Measuring in at 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm, it’s slightly longer, wider and fatter than its critically acclaimed predecessor, the Galaxy S2 (125.3 x 66.1 x 8.49mm).