Originally Posted by SirKronan
Both devices are so similar in real usage that almost no one will ever miss the quad core. Apps are still not even maxing the Adreno 225. Yes, the new Mali is a better GPU, and the quad version is capable of faster benchmark scores (provided the benchmark provides multi-core support, which will also apply to app performance!) However, Krait is no slouch. It's a very mature, speedy, and battery efficient platform. It's cost effective as well, which means many of us can purchase a $200 top-tier device rather than the $300 trend many high end smartphones have followed on their release day. Razr release day price? $300. Galaxy Nexus? $300. HTC Rezound? $300. Their price eventually reduced, but the 16GB Galaxy S III goes for $200 with most U.S. carriers (on contract pricing.) I doubt Exynos has the kind of availability too meet such competitive prices with U.S. and European markets combined. I am very happy to pay $200 for this instead of $300, and I'm still getting the Cadillac of all dual core processors. Krait (S4) leaves all current gen dual cores in the dust.
This comment about the price in the US being able to be $200 instead of $300 probably has little to do with the SoC. I would suspect that the S4 Krait actually costs more than the Exynos. Why? Samsung makes the Exynos in-house and they had to buy the S4 Krait chips from Qualcomm. While I'm sure Qualcomm has given them bulk pricing, I still would think it costs more, or close to the same price (considering R&D and everything) to where it really wouldn't effect the final pricing.
Also, the $200 price is the remainder after the carrier subsidizes the phone. iPhones are far more expensive (when paying full retail) then the Razr/Razr MAXX and the Nexus that you mention, but it also has a $200 price tag. The real reason is how much the carrier is willing to subsidize.
Verizon is the carrier that started requiring the consumer to pay more of the subsidy. It started with the Thunderbolt, and they reasoned it was because of LTE. The T-Bolt was the first phone I've heard of that had a $250 and then later LTE models went for $300. Verizon is selling the GS3 for $200 because every other carrier is selling the GS3 for $200. Just like how they're forced into $200 for the iPhone, because I'm sure they would love to push more of the subsidy to the consumer. When the iPhone5 (or whatever it'll be called) comes out, equipped with LTE, the subsidy will be $200 on all networks, and Verizon will (regrettably) follow suit.