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.
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?
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.
Samsung has been making their own Exynos-branded chips for a while now, and it was only a matter of time until they utilized them on most of their devices. Whether it was production issues or the ability to play nice with LTE, Samsung has always to utilized both the Exynos and the Qualcomm Snapdragon for specific markets, but that might change with the Galaxy S 6.
We have heard a number of rumblings that Qualcomm’s latest and greatest chip, the Snapdragon 810, has overheating issues. Qualcomm wants you to believe there isn’t an issue because the LG G Flex 2 and the Xiaomi Mi Note were both announced using the said chip, but those manufacturers might have made modifications. It was already rumored that Samsung might tone down the use of the 810 in the Galaxy S 6, but Bloomberg is now reporting that Samsung plans on using the Exynos exclusively. According to them, Samsung will go with just the Exynos for all markets.
The “next big thing” from Samsung, presumably the Galaxy S6 flagship, will not feature the usual upgraded Qualcomm (Snapdragon 810, in this case) chip.
Samsung will be using its self-produced Exynos-series chip in the device, because of concerns that the Snapdragon 810 has overheating problems.
A major component of Samsung’s business deals with mobile processors, and their Exynos CPUs are always top-notch chips even when compared to offerings from Qualcomm and NVIDIA. However, Samsung typically relies on other manufacturers for the GPU in their mobile devices, but it looks like that might change next year.
A new report suggests Samsung is in the process of developing its own GPU to pair with its Exynos processors, and it’s slated for release as early as mid-2015. If that date is accurate, we’ll probably miss seeing it in the Galaxy S6, but there’s a good chance we could see it end up in the Galaxy Note 5 or whatever else succeeds the Note lineup in the second half of the year.
The Galaxy Note 4 that will ship internationally has the new Exynos 5433 processor inside. While the device has not been marketed as a having 64-bit architecture behind it, it turns out that this Samsung SoC does support it. AnandTech found that the Exynos 5433 is indeed a 64-bit SoC with Cortex-A57 and A53 cores. This is all while using the big.LITTLE setup. The GPU paired with the Exynos 5433 is the Mali T760.
When Android L launches this fall, there is a chance that Samsung activates the Galaxy Note 4′s 64-bit capabilities.
Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S tablets offer some seriously nice displays, but it turns out the quality comes at a price.
According to Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru, the tablets’ processors heat up after heavy usage — which is not rare, however this heating up is causing a minor deformation of the rear cover. The above photo features a Galaxy Tab S 8.4 with a damaged back.
That fingerprint scanner on your device is so last year.
These days, it’s all about retinal scanners.
Today, Samsung has unveiled a brand new Exynos ModAp processor that features an integrated 4G LTE modem. This is a quad-core SoC that supports both regular LTE speeds as well as LTE Advanced. At the very least, it is now possible to achieve at least 150Mbps. Of course, a new processor always includes better performance in terms of multitasking and support for high resolution camera lenses.
By integrating a 4G LTE modem with this new Exynos processor, Samsung has finally caught on to what Qualcomm has been up to for the last two years. This means it may finally be possible hardware manufacturers in the United States choose this processor for smartphones rather than just Samsung rolling with it for tablets.