Samsung’s 2012 Android flagship phone, Galaxy S III, has been very popular. Korea Times had reported earlier this week that Samsung Galaxy S III’s sequel was already in the works and claimed that it would be showcased in Mobile World Congress that is slated to take place in February, but Samsung was quick enough in denying existence of such a phone.
According to officials and part suppliers who were in touch with Korea Times, the Samsung Galaxy S IV is said to be powered by quad-core Exynos chip with LTE connectivity. As you know, the American version of S III come with dual core processor instead of quad core variant that is found in the international version. The reason is that the processor in the international version isn’t capable of 4G LTE connectivity. Incorporating a quad core Exynos chip would mean that the company can sell a single global device which would work in North America, Europa and Asia. Samsung is rumored to launch the Galaxy S IV a month after it is announced, which converts into a 9 month turnaround time from the launch of this year’s flagship Galaxy S III.
Samsung has denied the existence of Galaxy S III’s sequel, however, an unknown Samsung TE4 device has popped up on Rightware’s benchmark database, and it seems to be equipped with a hardware specs that we haven’t seen on an Android smartphone yet. It’s the Exynos 5 Dual processor, which includes 1.7 GHz dual-core Cortex-A15 CPU and Mali-T604 GPU. Probability of the device in question being a tablet is pretty low because Samsung normally uses TC4 coding for tablet reference platform, so TE4 could mean something entirely different being cooked in Samsung’s lab. Most probably, it’s a smartphone under development.
According to the device specs, it has a screen with 1280×752 pixels of resolution, of which some space will be taken by on screen Android navigational buttons. The processor cores are clocked at 1.7GHz, which sounds similar to the recently showcased dual-core Exynos 5250.
It has Cortex A15 cores, and if you didn’t know what they are capable of, they can process 14 billion instructions per second (DMIPS, Dhrystone million instructions per second) when clocked at 2.0 GHz. That’s almost double of what the current Cortex A9 based dual core processor clocked @ 1.5 GHz is capable of, which happens to be 7,500 DMIPS. Now that means that it is faster than Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 and NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 too.
Exynos 5 was first showcased in a Samsung reference design tablet at CES in January 2012 Samsung has already said that they would be the first company to offer device based on Cortex A15 core. We expect the chip to be seen on Samsung’s flagship tablets or smartphones. Also, Samsung is said to be the manufacturer of next Nexus device, so the future looks exciting. Such a device would be great for gamers as well. If you want to see what Mali-T604 GPU can do, below is a video showcasing the GPU in action.