April 28, 2012, 7:58 AM — Samsung is keeping itself in the news before it announces its next Galaxy phone by confirming a quad-core processor for the device.
It's one of the few details that Samsung has let slip ahead of a May 3 event in London, where the company will debut its next flagship phone -- possibly dubbed the Galaxy S III. Still, plenty of rumors have filled the void of official information.
Here's what we know, and think we know about Samsung's next Galaxy phone:
Confirmed: 1.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
In a press release announcing its quad-core Exynos processor, Samsung said the chip is "scheduled to be adopted first into Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone that will be officially announced in May." The statement puts to rest any speculation that the next Galaxy would use a dual-core chip. Samsung claims that the new Exynos provides double the processing capability over its predecessor, with 20% less power consumption.
Confirmed: No 3D
Samsung squashed speculation that its next Galaxy phone would have a 3D display, telling Engadget that it's not using the technology in its upcoming smartphones. Given the design tradeoffs that 3D phones must make, that's not necessarily a bad thing.
Not Confirmed: Display