Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa chip raises the bar once again. Will we find it in the Note 3?

// July 23rd, 2013 // Hardware


Samsung's Exynos 5 SoC chip

Samsung has been teasing its updated Exynos 5 chip since last week and today we find that the dangling carrot is well worth reaching for.  The updated Exynos 5 SoC is based on ARM’s big.LITTLE design, offering four Cortex A15 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and and four Cortex A7 cores at 1.3GHz giving the CPU a whopping 20% boost over its predecessor.  But Samsung didn’t stop there.  A six-core ARM Mail GPU was added which Samsung says doubles the 3D graphics performance over its current model.  According to Samsung, it’s been seeing increasing demand for mobile processors that can deliver high-end graphics processing. The company’s latest Exynos 5 will deliver that, but will also cut down on power consumption.

Samsung has not said what products might be running its updated Exynos 5 Octa, but the company is currently sampling it to customers. Mass-production on the Exynos 5 is slated to begin in August.  If you noticed that the date looks awfully close to the expected Galaxy Note 3 announcement date, you’re not alone.  Gforgames reports that a Korean-based source claims the chip will indeed be found in Samsung’s new Note device, which is expected to break cover at IFA 2013.

Sources: Gforgames, CNET, Samsung
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