I’m pretty sure there are more than a few Android aficionados out there that feel like Samsung has been all talk and no action of late, with rumors building up a great amount of hype surrounding the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 and the end products looking… well, slightly underwhelming.
But not this time. And by this time, I mean next year’s Galaxy S5. Cornered by Apple, as well as Sony, LG or HTC, Samsung can’t afford to roll out another half-assed upgrade of one of its flagship devices, so, albeit it’s much too early to call it, chances are the Koreans will go all in on both hardware and software for the S5.
A fairly reputable news outlet over in Asia, namely Korea’s Digital Times, has earlier today published a report, which once again rounds up speculation via a number of different sources. And up to a point, these say mostly the same things we’ve heard regurgitated by so many other “tipsters”.
Specifically, that the S5 will pack a 64-bit Exynos processor and therefore take on Apple’s iPhone 5s in the raw speed department. But here’s the kicker. The latest word around the block is Sammy’s first 64-bit CPU won’t be a member of the Exynos 5 family, but instead break new ground in the form of an Exynos 6 line.
How believable is that? Well, there’s no solid proof supporting it, if that’s what you mean. Yet it makes perfect sense. The move from 32 to 64-bit is said to be major, so what better way to differentiate the sizzling hot new SoCs from “raggedy old” ones than through branding?
And besides, the Exynos 5 series has had its run, with three versions out and about already (the dual-core 5250, octa-core 5410 and 5420), so it’s probably time to move on.
Of course, the first ever Exynos 6 processor is bound to pack eight cores as well, only it should also be able to use them all at once courtesy of so-called Heterogenous Multi-Processing Capability.
But wait, there’s more. Also according to Digital Times, Samsung will pair the fresh CPU with, get this, 4 GB of RAM, making the Galaxy S5 a kind of beast I didn’t see coming until, like, 2020 or something. How do you like them apples, Apple, with your pitiful dual-core SoC and aging 1 gig of RAM?
Before wrapping up, let’s mention the Korean publication has nothing else on the GS5 at this moment, playing it so safe as to pinpoint its release to “the first half of 2014”.