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updated 12:55 pm EST, Mon November 21, 2011

Next Galaxy S to get quad-core Exynos CPU?

The next Samsung Galaxy smartphone may get a quad-core Exynos processor from, a newly leaked piece of Linux code revealed. The rumor indicated it may offer much more processing power than the 1.2GHz Exynos 4210 used in the current Galaxy S II. The likely processor would be the Exynos 4412, which could use a 32 nanometer design that runs its four ARM Cortex A9 cores at up to 1.5GHz. The chip compares favorably with NVIDIA's Tegra 3, which uses a larger 40nm design.

This chip may already be under testing, and sources claimed that a few devices from Samsung will come to market early in 2012. They used words like "blow minds" and "big step past the Galaxy Nexus class, in every way."

An upgraded GPU to take the torch away from the one used in the Apple A5 might also come along with the chip, according to speculation. If so, it could be the Mali-T604, that would be up to five times faster than the 400 in the S II.

Any next Galaxy S phone is likely to debut at Mobile World Congress in late February. [via AndroidAndMe]

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