Sep 29 AT 1:09 AM Taylor Wimberly 20 Comments

Samsung unveils new 1.5 GHz Exynos processor just in time for Nexus Prime?


As we count down to a possible demo of Ice Cream Sandwich on October 11, more clues are beginning to appear about the specs of the fabled Nexus Prime. The latest tidbit comes from Samsung Semiconductor Inc., which just announced their new dual-core 1.5 GHz Exynos 4212 processor.

This latest addition to the Exynos family is built with Samsung’s advanced 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power process, which promises “30 percent lower power-level over the previous process generation.” For comparison, NVIDIA’s upcoming Kal-El is a 40nm process and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 will debut at 28nm early next year.

Faster 1.5 GHz clock speeds in the Exynos 4212 will provide a 25 percent increase in processing power. This new chip might also include a different GPU, because Samsung says it will offer “50 percent higher 3D graphics performance over the previous processor generation from Samsung.” It could be a faster version of the ARM Mali-400 GPU or a newer PowerVR GPU from Imagination Technologies.

For months we have been expecting the Nexus Prime to feature a dual-core 1.5 GHz OMAP 4460 from Texas Instruments. But that part might have been delayed, and we were left wondering which processor Google might go with.

Samsung adopted Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S3 for their Galaxy S II on T-Mobile, but I think most hardcore fans were hoping for the Exynos with its faster GPU.

Unfortunately, the chances of seeing this faster 1.5 GHz Exynos 4212 inside a device this year does not look good. Samsung says it will begin sampling to “select customers in Q4 2011″, which is exactly what was said of the first Exynos around this time last year. The original Exynos didn’t start shipping in devices until well into 2011, and I don’t expect we will see this 32nm Exynos until Q2 2012.

It’s fun to speculate what processor might appear in the Nexus Prime, but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter that much. We know it will be dual-core and the software optimizations in Ice Cream Sandwich should make it the fastest Android experience we’ve yet seen.

Which processor will Samsung and Google surprise us with? I guess we’ll find out in the next two weeks.

Via: MarketWatch

Source: Samsung

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  • Zhi Hao

    I agree that it is unlikely for the Prime to have this, but given that the Prime is a Samsung device, they may just be able to rush this processor out in time.

    After all, it seems unlikely that this processor will target the high end market of 2012, since quad core Krait and A9 SoCs would be out by then. We may also see dual core A15s too.

    Unless, the Exynos 4212 is not targeted at the high end market. But that’s also not likely, given the myriad of entry and mid level SoCs available.

  • SliestDragon

    Would be amazing if the New Nexus came with this. Only time will tell if they actually rush this out.

  • keridel

    “sampling to select partners” could be giving it to google to use in nexus.

    please god let that be true.

  • TechnoSTIG

    But I just bought this one!

    Sent from my epic 4g touch.

  • AceoStar

    Logo says 4210, article says 4212, can we get a scratched out fix on the logo? :)

  • Richard Yarrell

    One thing holds true.. It won’t be the Exynos processor in the Nexus Prime why you say?? Because EXYNOS and LTE just don’t jive in today’s technology which would deal a major blow to precious little verizon. Question is will google just move on and use the same processor in the current tmobile version of the Galaxy S2 and add some spruce if they do that then both sprint and tmobile will see the Nexus Prime DAY ONE. I bet they will be showing off this nexus prime october 11th with ice cream which pretty much assures updates to all dualcore devices before Christmas at least on sprint updates will be flowing abound. Hat’s off to Samsung/Google

    • squiddy20

      “which pretty much assures updates to all dualcore devices before Christmas” ….Ummm, no it doesn’t dumbass. Since you can’t do very basic math, let me spell it out for you. Gingerbread was revealed in December. The first Sprint phone to get GB was the Nexus S 4G, a DEVELOPER phone in March (that’s 3 months). The next phone to GB was the Evo 4G in June (another 3 months for a total of 6 months). So, if history is any indicator, even if ICS is released on “october 11th”, the ONLY phone that will have it “before Christmas” (a 2-3 month span) will be the next Nexus phone, and that’s IF it is released before December 25th.

      But by all means, keep thinking you’ll be getting ICS on your shitty Evo 3D by then. Not only will you be sorely disappointed, I’ll be laughing my ass off at your utter stupidity for suggesting such a no-nonsense idea.

      • caffeinedependent

        Pure speculation, but have you considered that the update cycle may be shorter this time round?

        Clearly it’s become a focus for both Google and OEMs, and it’s quite possible that ICS has been written to make it easier for OEMs and carriers to add their customisations / crapware quickly.

    • Dirge

      Galaxy S II LTE and Galaxy S II HD LTE say hi.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Plus 2012′s Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 are actually shaping up to be something very very impressive. What can I say but EVO BRAND 2012 anyone?? EVO will pimp slap all devices in the future.

    • kye

      Stuck record.

    • Jasonhunterx

      I read the first one i was like wow no mention of the evo scrolled down then i was like -______-

    • Tico4674

      You’re hilarious, that’s what you said about the evo 3d and that phone might not even be the 3rd best phone on sprint.

  • Ross

    Why does the title indicate a likely possibility of it being included in the Nexus Prime, and by the end of the article you’re pretty much confirming it won’t be?

    Troll those hits!

  • Nate B.

    I’m pretty sure the Note & LTE version is already rocking this. So why wouldn’t it be ready?

  • Interpol91

    I hope the Nexus Prime comes with this processor. Google would want their next phone to be super epic and though in my mind it will be, using this processor would push it to new heights.

  • CTown

    Hopefully it does come with Samsung’s processor. I want a phone for T-Mobile entirely built from Samsung (since T-Mobile’s GSII is not). Also, I’m sure if the Nexus S and Nexus Prime use similar GPUs, then it would be easier for Google to implement hardware acceleration for graphics on both devices!

  • Gilghemesh

    Don’t forget about the upcoming 16MP and super-slim 1.2MP front facing phone camera sensor also from Samsung,, and the 64GB nand module, And that 16MP sensor is supposed go in mass production in November 2011, aka real soon. Crazy.

    • lilmoe

      nice links, thanks!

  • Axilas

    nice processor