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‘Next Step’ for Samsung Exynos 5 Octa is to utilize all 8 cores at the same time, coming in Q4


Samsung hinted the “next step” was coming for Exynos processors, and we now know what it is. Are you sitting down? Samsung just announced a Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) solution for the Exynos 5 Octa. What on earth is that? To put it simply, HMP will allow the use of all 8 cores of the octa to be used at the same time.

Currently the octa includes 4 Cortex-A15 cores and 4 Cortex-A7 cores, which is referred to as ARM big.LITTLE technology. In it’s current state, apps run on either the Cortex-A7s (LITTLE) or the Cortex-A15s (big), but now apps will get the benefit of all 8 cores at the same time. This will obviously enhance both performance and efficiency.

HMP will be introduced in quarter 4, but they didn’t specify if current devices could be updated or new hardware is required. I assume the latter. Hit the break for the full press release.

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Updated Samsung Exynos 5 Octa officially announced along with Twitter sweepstakes


Samsung officially announced the newest version of their Exynos 5 Octa processor today with a heavy emphasis on the graphics capabilities. For the first time in the industry, graphics will be driven by a six-core chipset, the ARM Mali-T628 gpu to be specific. Samsung claims the new Mali chipset will boost 3D graphic processing capabilities more than two times over the current Exynos 5 Octa chip. The new technology will also enable the gpu to handle some computational operations through General-Purpose computing on Graphics Processing Units (GPGPU). According to Samsung’s vice president of System LSI marketing, Taehoon Kim, “demand for richer graphic experiences is growing rapidly nowadays…in order to meet that demand from both OEMs and end users, we developed this processor which enables superb graphical performance without compromising power consumption.” Read more

Samsung tweets updated version of Exynos 5 Octa chip coming next week, more info to come

Samsung announced its next generation of SoCs with great fanfare with the Exynos 5 Octa back at CES last January. However, the chip has failed to appear in many devices since then, as it’s only in one variant of the Galaxy S 4, and it looks like it won’t even be in the Galaxy Note III.

However, Samsung tweeted today from @SamsungExynos that they would be releasing an updated version of the Exynos 5 Octa. Although they haven’t gone into detail about what’s changing about the hardware, this definitely means that they’re fixing whatever issues were behind the first version not showing up in a multitude of devices.

As we wait for some more information, we wonder whether Samsung is going to just announce the hardware changes or also announce the chip’s placement in some of their future devices. More to come next week.

Source: @SamsungExynos


Meizu MX3 circuit board image hints at 5.5-inch or larger device


An image of a new circuit board for a smartphone Meizu is believed to be working on surfaced yesterday and some analysis seems to yield some clues as to the specifications for the new phone. We previously reported on a leaked render of a Meizu MX3, believed to be the successor to the MX2, which shows a phone with a thin bezel and reminiscent of the HTC One. Up until now, most speculation has been the device will come with a 5.1-inch full HD screen. The photo of the circuit board has led many to believe the device may actually come with a 5.5-inch or larger screen. Read more

AnTuTu Benchmark score for Samsung Galaxy Note III surfaces


A new AnTuTu benchmark score has surfaced for a Samsung GT-N7200, believed to be the model number for the Galaxy Note III device. The test results, if accurate, show the device running Android 4.3 generated a score of almost 28,000. The device is thought to come with an Exynos 5 Octa chip, which tested considerably faster in a Samsung Galaxy S 4. It may be the device which tested at only 1.6 GHz has not yet been optimized as the Galaxy Note III is not expected to be released until later this year.

source: GSM Insider

Is success of Samsung Galaxy S 4 pushing company to look outside for components?


A recent analysis claims only 10% of Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S 4, is shipping with Samsung’s own Exynos 5 Octa chip. Considering the device is on pace to become the company’s fastest selling smartphone in history, one might think Samsung would want to put more of their own hardware in the hands of consumers. However, Samsung seems to think it is more important to put devices in the hands of consumers regardless of the component sources. So in the case of the Galaxy S 4, the majority of the phones are shipping with Qualcomm chips. Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note III to feature 3GB of RAM and 5.99-inch display


The phone on the left in the picture above is reported to be the Samsung Galaxy Note III, but it probably isn’t. The rumored specs seem real though: a 5.99 inch full HD display, an Exynos Octa-core processor clocked at 2GHz for the A15 processor and 1.7GHz  for the A7 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and Android 4.2.2. Reportedly the model number on the device is GT-I9500, which isn’t part of the traditional Note model numbers since there is usually an “N” as part of it. Who’s looking forward to this one?

Source: News My Drivers
Via: Sam Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Duos launches in China with dual-SIM support, Exynos 5 Octa cpu


As the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is launched around the world, one market getting a couple unique versions is the Asian market. Samsung has launched a Samsung Galaxy S 4 Duos model (I9502) that includes a couple notable differences from the standard version many people may be getting. First, the Galaxy S 4 Duos has two SIM card slots available. Second, the Duos version of Samsung’s flagship will be equipped with the Exynos 5 Octa chip with each of the cores running at 1.6GHz. All of the other specs for the device are the same as other Galaxy S 4 models.

Another model intended for the Chinese market, the I9506, will be running a Snapdragon 600 processor and is limited to TD-SCDMA 3G connectivity.

source: Samsung China

Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa Defeats Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 In Latest Benchmarks

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 will launch with one of two different processors depending on what country you live in, and according to the latest benchmarks, Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa outperforms Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 when running the latest test firmware. There are three different versions of the Galaxy S 4: The GT-I9500 running a Exynos 5 Octa at 1.6 GHz without LTE, GT-I9505 running a Snapdragon 600 at 1.9 GHz with LTE, and a Korean variant, the SHV-E300S running a Exynos 5 Octa at 1.8 GHz with LTE. In these new benchmarks, the GT-I9500 and GT-I9505 went head-to-head. Read more

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa Will Support All 20 LTE Bands

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa

While those of us in the U.S. will just get the Galaxy S 4 with a quad-core Snapdragon processor, other countries are fortunate enough to get the Exynos 5 Octa on-board. If you are able to get your hands on the S 4 or future Samsung device with an Octa processor, there is some good news when it comes to LTE support. According to the official Samsung Exynos Twitter page, the Exynos 5 Octa will support all 20 LTE bands allowing fast data speeds worldwide. As far as what modem it will be paired with and how many bands will be supported on a single device, Samsung has yet to release more information.

Source: Official Samsung Exynos Twitter page