Sep 19 AT 9:44 AM Taylor Wimberly 22 Comments

Samsung testing successor to Galaxy S III, powered by new Cortex-A15 processor


Early this week the Korea Times reported that Samsung was already working on the Galaxy S IV, which the company quickly denied as not true. Thanks to a leaked benchmark result, we now have evidence that Samsung is testing a new Android smartphone that appears to be the successor to the Galaxy S III.

A device with the codename “Samsung TE4″ was spotted by Rightware and it features some hardware we have never seen in an Android phone. The most notable highlight of the device is the Exynos 5 Dual processor, which includes 1.7 GHz dual-core Cortex-A15 CPU and Mali-T604 GPU.

The Samsung TE4 is the first device to feature the ARM Mali-T604 GPU.

We have already covered the Exynos 5 in-depth, so you can check out our previous work if you want to read up. I first saw the Exynos 5 demoed in a Samsung reference design tablet at CES in January 2012 and I believed we would see the chip in one of Samsung’s flagship tablets or smartphones. That hasn’t happened yet, but Samsung said several times they would be the first to offer a chip based on ARM’s new Cortex-A15 CPU core.

There is no way to tell what this “TE4″ really is or when it will be released, but a leaked benchmark normally comes from a test device that might appear soon.

If you want to see what the Mali-T604 GPU can do, check out the demo video below from Siggraph 2012. ARM was on hand to show off its new GPU and it ran it through several benchmarks to compare it to the older Mali-400 found in the Galaxy S III.

I don’t want to jump to conclusions and get your hopes up, but Samsung has long been rumored to be one of the manufactures of the next Nexus. It would be pretty awesome to see the Exynos 5 in a smartphone this year, but I think early 2013 is more likely.

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  • Galen20K

    Looks nice! I think all of us have long awaited the Cortex A15. And while the S4 is a fantastic processor, no doubt this will blow away even the S4Pro in short order. Can’t wait! – D

  • alexanderharri3

    Cortex A15: Unstoppable dual core meets immovable quad core marketing…

    This will be agonizing to wait for….but amazing for upgrade coming up early 2013! If this was the next Nexus, I’d be floored…..and only mostly floored if they release another version of Android with them in a short time frame…Jelly Bean still isn’t close to being out there (outside of Nex7)…let alone ICS…

    Bring it on, Samsung.

  • Jeff

    1280×752 implies virtual buttons, no?

  • Sid

    752 x1280 resolution tells me it’s running android in landscape mode with 48 pixels taken up by the on screen controls. I think this is a tablet and not a phone. Possibly the nexus 10?

    • Taylor Wimberly

      I guess it could be the rumored Nexus 10. That resolution is pretty low for a 10-inch tablet, but maybe they are going cheap.

      • Taylor Wimberly

        One thing else to note. The 2.0 GHz Exynos 5 was slated for tablets and the 1.7 GHz Exynos 5 was supposed to be for phones.

  • al

    I hope they stick with seperate buttons whether physical or capacitive

  • Guillermo

    Listen I like the graphics and all but that stuff skips around on both demos. We need to make sure the gaming experience is HICCUP FREE. come on guys lets make these games FLUID

  • Nate B.

    This is nice but I hope they push the other hardware and features to the max a long with it. 1080p screen ultimate design and more. In the Nexus? Can only hope

  • Rovex

    This article is misleading. Samsung didnt say they werent working on the S4, They said it wouldnt be announced in February.

    I fully expect that they are working on the S4 to some degree, why wouldnt they be?

  • Nathan D.

    It would be so awesome if it was a nexus phone rumored to come out with 3 or 4 other phone with it. But, I don’t think that going to happen maybe a refresh version of the s3. All I know is I want that A15 chip in my next phone.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Looking forward to 2013..

  • Tom Peterson

    What is taking them so long to launch Cortex A15 and Mali T-604? We’ve been hearing about them since forever.

    Also when they do launch it, Samsung better have a great demo for it as well, and perhaps some exclusive game to showcase the graphics. One thing this phone would benefit from, that the iPhone doesn’t is that it will have support for OpenGL ES 3.0 features, while iPhone won’t, until the next iPhone in fall 2013 (iPad 4 should, though).

    • Paul

      Guess you thought wrong since the iPhone 5 is the only device shipping with an A15.

    • Paul

      Also, the iPhone does have OpenGL ES 3.0.

  • Steve Barry

    Dang it! Bought the SIII after holding on to an upgrade for about a year and a half (bought the OG Epic off contract) and the ONLY thing I was slightly disappointed in was it didn’t come with the A15. I thought for a second to wait until the Nexus was announced ‘just in case’ but Nexus devices don’t usually lead the pack when it comes to hardware specs, so I figured it would be another year before A15 actually came to a phone. I don’t regret the SIII at all, but I may second guess it at least a little if a Samsung Nexus comes with it…

  • Cian Siemetzki

    that’s the next nexus man!

    • Orion78

      Dude don’t say such things. lol I really hope it will be the next Nexus but I’m not keeping my hopes up.

  • DW

    752 is a nexus… the extra pixels are for the on-screen buttons.

    woohoo already saing for my GNex2 :D

    • DW


  • A

    Maybe Tizen phone… huh?
    “TE” >>> TizenExynos

    • DW

      nah, it wouldn’t run Android’s benchmark tools.