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CES: Samsung unveils an eight-core Exynos 5 smartphone chip

Hints at a superfast Samsung Galaxy S4
Thu Jan 10 2013, 00:49
Samsung booth at CES 2013

LAS VEGAS: KOREAN HARDWARE MAKER Samsung unveiled its eight-core Octa Exynos 5 processor at CES on Wednesday, which is likely to feature in its Galaxy S4 smartphone.

Making up for its lack of high profile announcements at this year's Las Vegas consumer electronics show today, Samsung unwrapped the eight-core chip designed for use in smartphones and tablets.

Samsung said that the Octa Exynos 5 chip is much faster than its previous processors including the Exynos 4, and boasts much lower power consumption. That's because the chip is split into two sets of quad-core processors that both use ARM's new Big.little processor technology, pairing an energy efficient ARM Cortex A7 chip with a more powerful Cortex A15 multicore chip.

According to Samsung, the chip is faster than its Exynos 5 dual-core chip that features in the Google Nexus 10 - presently the fastest Android tablet available on the market today, and claims it will bring a new level of processing power to mobile devices. It said that this chip will also bring a much more impressive gaming experience to its next generation mobile products, and will easily handle HD media streaming.

That's not to say your next Samsung smartphone will have poor battery life though, as Samsung claimed the eight-core processor is up to 70 percent more energy efficient than its previous Exynos chips.

There's no word yet on when Samsung's eight-core Exynos 5 processor will start shipping, but we'll be very surprised if it doesn't appear in the firm's next generation Galaxy flagship smartphone. We're likely to hear more at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona next month. µ


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