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 has put up a registration page for their first developer conference that’s taking place later this year. Right now, all the site gives us is the date of the conference and the option to sign up for more information as it becomes available. It sounds promising, offering attendees the option to engage and collaborate with other developers and industry leaders and the chance to learn about Samsung’s latest tools and SDKs. As Samsung tries to distance their Galaxy brand from Android, getting developers on board to create software exclusive for Samsung devices is a major step in that direction.
It’s definitely going to be interesting to see what comes out of this conference, although it’s likely to cover more than just Samsung Android devices. Samsung has been testing Tizen devices, and they still make smart televisions, Windows PCs, Windows Phones, etc., so there’s bound to be a ton of different things going on at once. If you’re still interesting in getting in on some of the action, though, hit the link below to put your email in.
The folks over at SamMobile have received word that Samsung’s next high-end tablet could quite possibly feature a 12.2-inch display along with an ARM 11 processor and a screen resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, matching the Nexus 10. This could be part of an effort for Samsung to build devices with slimmer bezels and bigger, more powerful displays. We’ll see if Samsung gives any information on the upcoming device at IFA in Berlin.
We had a chance to see some leaked images of the Galaxy Note III late last week. It was with Mr. Blurrycam, which means they weren’t so hot. Today, we have a couple of more for you, but don’t get too excited. Not only are these with Mr. Blurrycam again, it’s safe to say that it’s just a prototype, not the final build. There is no sense saying much more about them other than if blurry photos are your thing, enjoy!!
Last week, the @SamsungExynos Twitter account tweeted that they would announce a new Exynos Octa 5 this coming week, but details of the new SoC have already leaked. DDaily is reporting that it will be the Exynos 5420, which is only a slight bump from the Galaxy S 4’s Exynos 5410. It appears this SoC will sport a Mali GPU as opposed to a PowerVR. Unfortunately we don’t know which one for sure, but rumors indicate either the Mali-T604 or the Mali-T628. In looking at the Exynos 5410, the PowerVR SGX544MP3 was a tri-core. The Mali-T604 supports 4 cores, while the Mali-T628 supports 6 cores. Samsung used the T604 in their dual-core Exynos 5250, so it makes more sense that they would go with the T628.
That’s not all as we can expect to see an improved circuit design with shortened times for the SoC to switch between the A15 and A7 quad cores.
The Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone may not be a Nexus in name, but it certainly is a Nexus in spirit and as such, will probably get early builds of important software updates before other devices. After seeing an earlier Android 4.3 build leak out last month, another build of the imminent update pops up, which naturally has been obtained by the boys at XDA. The build— identified as JWR66V— was concocted on July 11th and turned into a sweet ROM that can be flashed onto the device. It’s unsure of what exactly this build brings, but users are reporting there’s at least an improved battery charge, which also includes an improved wireless battery charging feature. Of course there may be a bug or two (or three), but we’re sure that won’t stop a few of you from trying out some of that sweet, sweet Android 4.3 glory before the rest of us.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note II will apparently be skipping its update to Android 4.2.2, which, at first, sounds really, really bad for a flagship device. However, there’s a silver lining; Samsung will reportedly just skip 4.2.2 and update the device straight to Android 4.3. With Samsung’s Google Play edition Galaxy S 4, they obviously have some inside access to newer versions of Android, so this isn’t too much of a stretch to believe.
No word on the Galaxy S III, but considering its 4.2.2 update has been delayed for this long, we may see it skip straight to newer versions of Android as well.
source: Gotta Be Mobile
Sketches were revealed yesterday so why not some blurrycam photos? I am sure we will see a slew of purported images of the Galaxy Note III over the next month, and hopefully a lot better than what we are showing you here. It actually pains me to post this, but I know there are hardcore fans out there that will take anything. Well here you go. There is absolutely nothing we can get out of these photos other than the fact that the Galaxy Note III is a phone. More blurrys after the break.
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.
A couple of sketches of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) has leaked online, alongside a list of specs that are expected to come with the device.
The list shows that the new phablet will run Jelly Bean, however it doesn’t note whether it will be either 4.2.2 or 4.3. Then there are the obvious specs such as GPS, Bluetooth 4, USB 2.0, and a 1080p video camera. It then shows that it will either pack a Exynos Cortex A15, the Cortex A7 Octa Core, or the Snapdragon 800 quad-core. These could just be guesses, or they could be noting that the device will come in a bunch of different variants.
They’re also expecting to see a 13MP camera, and an AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. An official announcement is expected to come in Berlin in September during the annual IFA tech expo.
Source: SIM Only Radar