The Samsung Galaxy S4 did not arrive at the Samsung press conference or the Samsung keynote today but one of its features may have been announced at CES 2013 as the company debuted its 8-core Exynos 5 Octa mobile processor.
In addition to the new Samsung Youm flexible display prototype that the company showed off earlier today, Samsung also announced a brand new Exynos processor called the Exynos 5 Octa which features an octo-core CPU and takes advantage of ARM’s big.LITTLE processing power. The fact that the processor has 8-cores doesn’t mean that it’s an octo-core processor.
Instead, there are two sets of four-cores that will run as needed. One set of four cores is Cortex A15 and the other set of cores on the Exynos 5 Octa is Cortex A7. Depending on how the device is being used, one set of four cores will spring into action. High performance will be handled by the more powerful Cortex A15 cores while the low-level usage will be tackled by the Cortex A7.
Samsung also touts the battery life with this chip which is going to be used in smartphones, tablets and more. According to Samsung, the Exynos 5 Octa uses 70-percent less power than a typical quad-core Cortex A15 processor and it also supplies better battery life than its own Exynos 5 processor that is found in the company’s Nexus 10 Android tablet.
The announcement comes after NVIDIA and Qualcomm made their two big processor announcements with NVIDIA announcing the Tegra 4 and Qualcomm revealing its Snapdragon 800 processor which is said to deliver much better performance than its current Snapdragon S4 processor.
Maybe bigger than this ensuing processor battle is the fact that this processor may wind up being the processor found in the upcoming flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S4, rumored to be arriving as soon as February at MWC 2013.
The Galaxy S4 has been rumored to have a quad-core processor, which the Exynos 5 Octa technically is, so it’s entirely possible that Samsung will use its latest processing technology inside its new flagship and quite possibly, inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 as well.