What kind of mobile processor will you find inside the Samsung Galaxy S III? Chances are it will be one of Samsung’s own Exynos application processors, but we still don’t know exactly which model will be used. According to the latest leak, we might get a quad-core beast. Read on for the full details.
The current Samsung processor used inside most versions of the Galaxy S II is the dual-core 1.2 GHz Exynos 4210. Samsung recently announced the newer dual-core 1.5 GHz Exynos 4212, but we don’t know if that will offer enough of a boost to be considered for the Galaxy S III. The Exynos 4212 is basically a more efficient 32nm version of the 4210, with 30 percent lower power-level and 50 percent higher 3D graphics performance over the previous processor generation from Samsung.
A more likely candidate for the Galaxy S III could be the newly discovered Exynos 4412, which is 32nm quad-core design with ARM Cortex-A9 cores running at speeds up to 1.5 GHz. Evidence of the new chip was spotted in the Linux Kernel archives and Samsung already appears to be testing it.
One of our regular tipsters informed me that Samsung has a few devices coming in early 2012 that will “blow minds” and they were a “big step past the Galaxy Nexus class, in every way.” Based on that description, I believe Samsung will likely go with a quad-core processor that includes a few surprises.
Hopefully one of those surprises will be an upgraded GPU. The Exynos 4210 featured the ARM Mali-400 GPU which offered the fastest graphics performance of any Android device when it debuted, but it has since been passed up by Apple’s A5 chip and its PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU.
We expect that Samsung will use the Mali-T604 GPU, which delivers up to 5x performance improvement over previous Mali graphics processors and is scalable up to 4 cores. ARM announced this tri-pipe architecture GPU back in 2010 and Samsung was the first partner who gained access to it, but we have yet to see it being used.
At this stage we are just going to have to sit and wait, as Samsung isn’t expected to announce the Galaxy S III until next year at Mobile World Congress in late February. The quad-core Exynos 4412 CPU and Mali-T604 GPU sound like the perfect combination, so we will keep our fingers crossed.
Samsung might end up giving NVIDIA and their quad-core Tegra 3 some real competition with a more efficient process technology (32nm vs 40nm) and a more advanced GPU, but only time will tell.