Mid-range smartphones and tablets have been just that- midrange – due to their hardware bringing them down as a sacrifice for a lower price. ARM’s Cortex-A17 processor looks to change that. The 28nm A17 comes with big.LITTLE (the same architecture used in Samsung’s latest octa-core Exynos chips) support, and promises a 60 percent boost in performance over the previous Cortex-A9. It’s also paired with a Mali-T720 GPU, which offers OpenGL ES 3.0 support and has plenty of optimizations for low-end Android devices.
The Cortex-A17 is designed for use not only for mobile devices in the midrange market, but also Smart TVs and Over-the-Top devices. There’s no release date specified just yet, but ARM says we should expect the A17 in 2015. Check out the official press release from ARM after the break.