Monday 14 November 2011

Samsung quietly slips in Galaxy S II I9100G with TI-OMAP chipset.

A couple months back, news about a different variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II popped up bearing the codename I9100G. This was supposed to sport a different chipset based on Texas Instrument's OMAP 4430 instead of Exynos. It’s now confirmed that Samsung has gone official with the new chipset, as some local Asian Samsung sites have been seen carrying this new model number. This was just quietly slipped in without any official press release from Samsung.

The I9100G is exactly the same as the current version of the Galaxy S II in terms of specifications; the only thing that has changed is the chipset. The TI OMAP 4430 packs in a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor running at 1.2GHz. This component is exactly the same as the one used in their very own Exynos chipset. The only aspect that’s really different is the graphics portion, which is a PowerVR SGX 540, as compared to the Mali-400 GPU used in Samsung’s chipset. Performance wise, we gather both should be more or less similar and I’m sure Samsung have chosen this chipset accordingly. The reason for this change could simply be related to the fact that the demand for the S II has been a lot higher than what Samsung can produce. They were facing issues from the very start in producing volumes of their precious Exynos chipsets, so this way, they can fulfil the demand before it dies out and everyone turns their attention to the Google Nexus.

As of now, there’s no information on whether we’ll be getting this new revision, although it does seem that only the white S IIs would sport this new chipset.

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