We’ve mentioned on several occasions that the mobile world is moving very quickly and a little too quickly for some people’s liking. Just last year we were introduced to quad core chipsets, jumping directly from dual core SoCs. It seemed like a monumental jump and with good reason, as it changed the way people conceived smartphones altogether. And we expected this year to be rather slow, in terms of chipsets at least and were expecting the quad core trend to continue until the end of 2013. But Samsung has just blown us all over by announcing the mammoth Exynos 5 Octa, the eight core mobile chipset (jaw drop!). Yes, that’s a mobile chipset with not one, two or four, but eight CPU cores. The company announced the said chipset at the ongoing CES convention and it has just gotten us excited about the prospects for 2013. This has instantaneously put a damper on NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 (which packs a decent 72 core GPU) as well as the Snapdragon 800 (and 600) series chipset which were announced earlier in the early days of the event. So what’s this new SoC all about? Let’s dive in.
The new Exynos chip apparently packs a GPU which offers double the performance than any top GPU in the market today, which is expected. The chipset also offers up to 70% more power conservation according to Samsung, which is vital for a chipset of its caliber. As with any multi core chipset, it is imperative that the battery life takes a heavy beating, which has been the case with any smartphone we’ve seen of late. So this must be a pretty big obstacle for Samsung to tackle. Going more into the specifics of the chip, the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa is based on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture which uses the ARM Cortex-A7 cores for minor CPU tasks while utilizing Cortex-A15 cores for heavy duty operations. That should conserve the battery life somewhat, but we can’t say anything for sure until we have actual benchmarks and comparisons with competitive chipsets.
So now we know what Samsung meant when it asked us to brace ourselves for CES 2013 and its offerings. This will certainly change the game in a major way and I’m sure other chip makers are in a spot of bother now. However, it is not confirmed yet if Samsung will go with this chipset for the upcoming lineup of 2013 flagships or keep it for 2014 smartphones. Either way, it’s going to be one beast of a smartphone given that there will be so much processing power on board. Our fingers are crossed to see this in the next Galaxy flagship, so let’s see if we’ll actually see that happening. Until then, we will keep you updated on any new developments in the field of chipsets.
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Via: Phone Arena