Jul 18 AT 1:55 PM Dima Aryeh 7 Comments

Samsung teases new Exynos 5 Octa, coming next week

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Samsung’s in-house Exynos line of processors have been absolutely fantastic. While many can’t see the difference between current Exynos processors and Snapdragon processors, there are some important differentiators. (The biggest one to me is sound quality, as most Exynos devices have wonderful Wolfson Micro amps). Plus, back in the day of poor-performing Tegra 2 and Snapdragon S3 processors, Exynos was king of performance.


Samsung already has an octacore processor (technically two sets of quadcores, but still all kinds of awesome), and it looks like the company is going to make it even better. The Samsung Exynos Twitter account posted this image, saying that a new version of the Exynos 5 Octa is coming next week. It’ll be enhanced but will share the same name.

Looking at history, Samsung has always created an Exynos processor and improved it in some way soon after. Whether it be double the cores (in the case of the Exynos 4) or LTE capabilities, Samsung always steps up its game with the second version of its processors. Uusually it’s the second iteration that comes to the US, due to the inclusion of LTE. Is this part of the “enhancement” Samsung is teasing?

Luckily, it seems that there will also be improvements to the performance. Samsung states that this new version will be more powerful than the previous one, so we can expect it to blow the competition out of the water in benchmarks. Samsung really knows how to make a processor.

With great audio, blistering fast performance, the possibility of LTE and a US launch, are you excited for this next Exynos processor? Will this new octacore processor influence your purchase of the Galaxy Note III?

Via: Unwired

Source: Twitter

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Nate B.

    They need to be able to get their own stuff in every phone wether it be international or not. Using your own stuff inside and out would work nicely with them. Then all they need to so is modernize the look of Touchwiz. It still looks like gingerbread. And up the performer because it can be a little sluggish.

  • Rohan Sood

    Was this a purely promotional article? No mention of how Exynos processors are badly documented, the related kernel sources are never released, and custom ROM developers hate developing for phones using them.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      Of course not, just like Motorola’s ad for the Moto X was not a promotional article. It’s informational. Next week, we’ll be seeing a new Exynos Octa and we’ll be covering it.
      And about documentation, you’re absolutely right. Exynos is notoriously hard to develop for, but recently, it has gotten easier. For example, the Exynos-powered Note II has had 100% working AOSP ROMs for a long time now (I was shocked, coming from an Exynos Galaxy S II which was riddled with bugs). Samsung is fixing it, if slowly.

      • davidlt

        Linaro is supporting Arndale Board with Samsung Exynos 5 Dual (5210) and the kernel is open. Plus, whatever Linaro does it pushes to upstream. We know that the current Exynos 5 Octa (5410) has problems (at least people are complaining) and according Linaro Connect (Europe) 2013 will not be able to utilize IKS (In-Kernel Switching [4 cores at once]) and GTS (Global Task Switching [8 cores at once]). July 10th, Linaro:

        As has been publicly noted, the current generation of hardware cannot yet take full advantage of the IKS or the GTS designs because the hardware power-saving core switching feature is implemented on a cluster basis rather than on a per-core or a per-pair basis.

        We know that new version is under development (kernel patches), 5420. It’s a minor change, thus I would assume higher frequencies and maybe working IKS and GTS. To blow everyones mind, 20nm technology, but that’s very unlikely.

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  • redraider133

    Hopefully this will make it into all of their phones not just the international variants. It seems like the note line is the only ones who get exynos in the states.

  • Raptor

    Be happy that Qualcomm emerged recently in US and is flattening the Asian producers. Intel, AMD, NVIDIA, Microsoft, Motorola, Texas Instrument and recently Apple all are going under. In a decade or two which go fast if this and all similar sites will continue to salivate on foreign tech you Dima and the owners of this site will be covering waste management business or emigrating again this time to Korea and China being here completely out of job.