Galaxy S5 Neo will user a newer Exynos CPU and an upgraded front-facing camera

Samsung_Galaxy_S_5_Back_Bottom_Galaxy_S_5_Logo_TA_02More details have come to light about Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S5 Neo. Samsung’s Neo devices typically offer a similar package to an older flagship device, albeit with slightly downgraded internals and a budget-friendly price tag. The GS5 Neo will be no exception, although it does look like it’s going to be shipping with a brand new Exynos processor.

The Exynos 7580 CPU is a 64-bit processor with 8 cores, clocked at 1.6 GHz. It’s slower than the beefy Snapdragon 801 (or Exynos 5422, depending on your region) that was found in the regular Galaxy S 5, but it should still offer pretty decent performance, especially for the price. Read more

New South Korean chip plant to begin production in first half of 2017, Samsung says

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Samsung Electronics revealed that its new South Korean-based chip plant will begin production in the first half of 2017. As smartphone earnings begin to slow, the company hopes that the new plant will provide more growth.

Based out of the city of Pyeongtaek, Samsung plans on investing 15.6 trillion won or $14.4 billion in the factory, which is the largest amount of money Samsung has ever committed to a single facility.

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Samsung Moves Away from ARM Chips in Favor of Custom Exynos M1 Chipsets

 

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Samsung famously (or notoriously) ditched Qualcomm this year when it came to powering the next iteration of its Galaxy S series of phones, the Galaxy S6. Citing overheating and general performance issues, the Korean giant opted against the Snapdragon 810 in favor of a newer iteration of its Exynos in-house chip. The downside to this, however, is a reliance on ARM architecture (which Qualcomm and others, including Apple, do not use),

In what looks to be a bold, but predicted move, Samsung’s next line of in-house cores will likely be powered by an Exynos M1 core, and utilize custom architecture in an effort to avoid being dependent on ARM.

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Samsung foundries may start churning out Qualcomm Snapdragon chips

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Sources are indicating the Qualcomm and Samsung have reached a deal for the next generation of Snapdragon processors, the Snapdragon 820, to be produced at Samsung’s foundries. In the past, Qualcomm has primarily used Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and other smaller chip plants to produce their processors. However, Samsung’s move to develop and deploy a 14-nanometer production process, compared to everyone else’s 20-nanometer production, appears to have been enough to convince Qualcomm to make the move. With a smaller process in place, Samsung’s plant can produce chips that are cheaper, smaller and use less energy. Read more

Samsung’s next Exynos processor will allegedly feature custom cores

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The next processor released by Samsung under the Exynos name feature its own custom cores. The latest report published out of China claims that the company will shift away from Cortex A72 cores in favor of its own creation. The upcoming processor is known internally as “Mongoose” and will be clocked at 2.3GHz. Performance of a single core on Mongoose is said to be considerably better than the current Exynos 7420.

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Samsung starts pushing out Lollipop update for Exynos-powered Galaxy S5 in Kazakhstan

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Hot on the heels of the Snapdragon variants, Samsung has today started pushing out the much-anticipated Lollipop update to all Exynos-powered models of the Galaxy S5 located in Kazakhstan. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade transports the latest build of the Android operating system, together with a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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Samsung to lead the application processor (AP) market this year by supplying to Apple, Qualcomm, and NVIDIA

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No only is Samsung ditching Qualcomm in favor of their own homegrown Exynos processor with the Galaxy S 6, it appears Samsung is primed and ready to dominate the application processor (AP) market this year too.

Samsung has already enjoyed a considerable AP business with the likes of Apple, but this year Qualcomm and NVIDIA will be jumping on board as well. Wait a minute! Qualcomm? The very company that Samsung snubbed is now going to be a major customer to them?

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Exynos vs Snapdragon: Samsung wants to enter into a war with Qualcomm

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Samsung has been making homegrown Exynos processors for a few years now, but they still used the Snapdragon for most of their devices. The reason usually involved LTE compatibility, but production capacity could have also played a part. Now recent reports of the Snapdragon 810 overheating has fueled speculation that Samsung will ditch Qualcomm in favor of their own chip on the Galaxy S 6, but other analysts contend the Exynos isn’t ready for primetime yet. However, overheating or no overheating, it appears that Samsung might not be making this decision based on that. It appears that Samsung is ready to expand the Exynos to not only most of their their devices, but hopefully with other manufacturers, thus entering into a war with Qualcomm.

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