Will Samsung Galaxy S4 Be Powered By New 8-Core Exynos 5 Octa Processor Announced At CES 2013?

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There was dual-core, then came quad-core and now the stage is set for 8-core. You read it right; Samsung introduced its new Exynos 5 Octa, an 8-core processor, at the Consumer Electronic Show 2013 in Las Vegas Wednesday. The South Korean electronics giant reportedly confirmed that the new processor would power some of its future products that are due to be released this year.

From Samsung Galaxy S2 to Nexus 10, the Exynos processors have been the power behind many faster devices currently available. Now it seems that Samsung is not just satisfied with the speed yet, making it come up with a new dual quad-core ARM processor.

As the name suggests, the Exynos 5 Octa has eight cores or two sets of four cores. Based on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture, the new power-house processor comprises of four ARM A15 cores and four ARM A7 cores.

According to Samsung, at any point of time, only four cores will be active depending on the nature of the task. For example, the A7 cores will come into action for less processor intensive tasks while the A15 cores will be active for more intensive tasks like gaming and multimedia, BGR has reported.

The company also claimed that the enhanced processing power offered by Exynos 5 Octa processor would allow smartphones and tablets “to perform many tasks simultaneously, such as playing a game, watching an HD movie, and searching for a restaurant or business, all without lag,” the Christian Post reported.

The report also stated that the new 28nm processor would have “twice the graphics performance of anything that is currently available on the market” while offering up to 70 percent power savings.

Will It Power Samsung Galaxy S4?

As noted by Android Authority, there are chances that the all new 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor would be featured in the future high-end Samsung Android devices and both Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 could be among them.

The report cited another recent report from the Korean Times which suggested that the next version of the Galaxy S smartphone could be powered by an octo-core big.LITTLE CPU.

“The world’s largest electronics maker by revenue plans to unveil a new AP based on ARM’s big.LITTLE processing that will realize an octo-core processor to be used in the Galaxy SIV,” said the report.

While some reports are touting that either Galaxy S4 or Galaxy Note 3 would be the chosen one to sport the 8-core powerhouse at first, a Redmond Pie report is betting on a tablet to feature the processor before anyone else.

“It’ll probably start its life out in a tablet of some description, before making its way into the Galaxy S IV or the Galaxy Note III,” said the report. “Either way, expect hugely impressive battery retention to match power in future generations of Samsung’s product line.”

Apparently, SamMobile also thinks the same:

“We expect to see the new Exynos5 quad inside the new upcoming Galaxy S IV and begin 2014 the first octa core devices by Samsung.”

Galaxy S4 Rumors: Which Are On ‘Right Track’?

Over the last few months, there have been a number of rumors and speculations about Samsung Galaxy S4, and the rumored features range from a 4.99-inch SuperAMOLED FULL HD resolution (1080×1920) display to a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and many more.

At the CES 2013, Android Authority got the chance to talk to Ryan Bidan, Director of Product Marketing at Samsung Telecommunications America, who, despite being very secretive regarding anything about the Galaxy S4, “hinted that some of the existing rumors out there are on the right track.”

This is what the report had to say:

“Will we see a Galaxy S4 with a 5-inch 1080p AMOLED display later this year? That certainly sounds like something Samsung would launch, especially considering what its competitors are already selling, or getting ready to release, isn’t it?”

One more thing that could be figured out from the interview with Bidan was the name, “Galaxy S4.”

“At least we got Ryan Bidan, Director of Product Marketing at Samsung Telecommunications America, to say ‘Galaxy S4’ on camera, which is most likely what the next flagship Android handset will be called,” the report added.

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