The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 could potentially have a new version of Samsung’s Exynos 5 processor line with an unknown Exynos 5420 making an appearance in a kernel listing, a sign that it could be under development at Samsung.
Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 2 successor, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, has managed to leak out in copious amounts of rumors over the past few months. In fact, yesterday, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 emerged from the shadows in a leak that showcased many of its likely specifications including a 5.99-inch 1080p display and a slimmer design.
One of the deeper mysteries that remains, in regards to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, is its processor, which has been rumored to be several things including the Exynos 5 Octa processor also known as the Exynos 5410 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, a processor that debuted with the Exynos 5 Octa at CES 2013 in Las Vegas.
Another potential Galaxy Note 3 processor has been thrown into the hat today as the generally reliable Japanese-language site RBMen has discovered a reference to a new, unknown Samsung processor, inside of a kernel listing.
The listing suggests that a processor called the Exynos 5420 is in development, which judging by the model number, points to a successor to the Exynos 5 Octa processor that is inside the Samsung Galaxy S4 right now. It’s unclear just what this new processor might bring to the table but companies are always working to increase battery life while also increasing performance.
As we know, the Samsung Galaxy Note series is a powerful stable of devices with large displays, lots of unique software and more. So, it could be that Samsung is preparing this new and improved Exynos processor for the Galaxy Note 3, a device that is looking extremely powerful, at least on paper.
Rumors thus far have not pointed to a Exynos 5420 but they have pointed to a Exynos 5 Octa so while this should be taken with a grain of salt, it would not be surprising to see a new version of the Exynos 5 Octa CPU inside the Galaxy Note 3.
Samsung isn’t expected to announce the Galaxy Note 3 until later this year with September and IFA the likely candidates for launch.