Samsung announces Exynos 5 Octa chip

News Paul Briden 09:14, 10 Jan 2013

Samsung has revealed its new eight-core Exynos 5 chip based on ARM Cortex-A15 tech

Samsung has announced its first octo-core Exynos chip, the Exynos 5 Octa, a hybrid chipset running four ARM Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7s using ARM’s ‘big.LITTLE’ technology.

The ARM tech means the chip will intelligently switch between the higher-end cores and lower-end cores to optimise performance and power efficiency for different tasks and workloads.

Samsung says it’ll consume 70 per cent less power than the current Exynos Cortex-A15 chip powering the Google Nexus 10 and effectively doubles the 3D rendering performance of the Exynos quad-core chip found in the Galaxy S3.

So, this sounds pretty much like the chip we’ll be seeing inside the Galaxy S4 when that arrives later in the year, as earlier rumours stated it would have an octo-core Cortex-A15 chip.

We'd also expect with a change this signficant that the Galaxy S4 will be the debut device for the chipset. Other specs are said to include a 5-inch 440ppi display and possibly even an S-Pen stylus. Currently the Galaxy S4 is tipped to appear in April.

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