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Samsung Exynos 5250 Spotted in Google Git Repository, Are They Collaborating Again on the Next Nexus?

Developers who follow Google’s back-end work religiously noticed within the last few days, that edits were made to their Git repository which included references to Samsung’s Exynos 5250 dual-core chipset. That would be the Cortex A15 based processor with the Mali T-604 GPU inside, aka the SoC that we are all hoping would end up in the Galaxy SIII (Exynos 4412 with Cortex A9s and a Mali 400 GPU). Assuming it comes loaded into a device this year, we aren’t sure any other processor will touch it.

More importantly though, people have started to ask one very complex question, “Does this mean Samsung and Google have partnered up to produce the next Nexus, again?” I’d say that’s still anyone’s guess, but if this Git repository is indeed Google’s, then this could be our first hint at that happening (at least on the processor front). One thing to keep in mind is that Exynos and Samsung Mobile are separate from each other. So Google could use an Exynos chipset in something, but that doesn’t mean that Samsung is making the phone too. After all, the Galaxy Nexus had an OMAP4460 chipset made by Texas Instruments inside, but of course, was made by Sammie on the outside. 

What’s interesting is that a 1280×800 resolution was spotted, a resolution normally seen on tablets, well, aside from the Galaxy Note. So then one has to ask, is this the “Nexus” Tablet or what we refer to as the Google Play Tablet? Asus was thought to have been pegged as the maker of that device, but as you all know, their cheap $249 slate that was on display at CES was powered by NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. Maybe Google decided they weren’t interested in powering that little guy with an NVIDIA processor and switched it up on the inside? If that’s the case, wouldn’t the price then be driven up by a brand new processor like the Exynos 5250 and defeat the purpose of it? Or again, this could be a big ol’ phone that we won’t see it until the end of the year when normal Nexus phones roll out. So many questions.

What do you guys make of all of this? Tablet or phone? Sign of things to come or not?

Developers, weigh in.

Via:  SamMobile

  • bionicchimp

    Noooooooooo not another samsung please no more Samsung nexus’ I’m so sick of them and their thin flimsy plastic and poor build quality please Google spare us another Samsung nexus give it to motorola or HTC maybe even Asus with their new padphone but not Samsung.

  • Tony Allen

    Well if somehow the next Nexus is Exynos powered, I am going to guess that it’s time for me to start looking at getting a GNex on VZW, since we won’t be getting anything with an Exynos chipset.

  • This will be for the Note 2.

    • Bionic

      Wrong. Google wouldn’t have their hands all up in it for that. It’s one of two things. Either the nexus tablet or next nexus phone.

  • Bionic

    There are other Android websites reporting that this is indeed the Nexus Tablet and that google chose to go this route because ASUS couldnt make it work for $199.

    Im no expert but supposedly the EXYNOS 5250 dual core (it can also be made into quad core but the nexus tablet will be dual core) trumps most quad core chips out today. Many people are saying that the only competition will be the new OMAP chips when they are out.

    I was hell bent on buying the Nexus tablet because it was gonna be quad core, but after educating myself more im confident that if they use this dual core set up we will be more than happy with it.

    By the way, the screen on the Nexus tablet is supposed to be “fantastic” according to the same leaks.

    • LewisSD


      Also, you should educate yourself a little bit more on the exynos 5250 and the fact that it will be the first A15 processor. A duel core A15 will beast any quad core on the market today. And if you were expecting a A15 quad core you will be waiting till 2013.

  • jeremy

    I can not bare anything made by samsung… they suck. Lets be real we all want nexus razr maxx HD

    • Bionic

      I agree that motorola is better. But Samsung is for sure 2nd, I mean come on now HTC and LG and Sony dont come close to Motorola and Sammy

    • bionicchimp

      Good man you see the future I’m sick of Samsung and their pitiful build quality go moto

  • Honestly, I hope ASUS gets teh next nexus contract. That way they can do the padfone nexus, and kill 3 birds with one stone.

  • Oh boy another Samsung…Oh joy…I’m so excited -_-

  • nigga

    HTC/Motorola w/exynos? 😀

  • WickedToby741

    I want an HTC Nexus with a quad core, LTE enabled Exynos.

    • mustbepbs

      That’s like saying you want a Big Mac from Burger King. Not gonna happen, son.

      • WickedToby741

        I know, but I’ll keep dreaming.

      • chris125

        It could since google picks and chooses what goes into their nexus ala the samsung galaxy nexus with a ti omap processor….

        • Yeah but there are more factors than just that. Samsung doesn’t have to supply chips for the next Nexus tab or phone if they don’t want to even if they are contracted to build it. As far as I can tell the chances of them doing so are even lower when they aren’t building it
          As far as I know there’s only one company that uses Samsung chips that isn’t Samsung, and they aren’t a major player. I think it was that MIUI phone that only sold in China as a matter of fact.

        • mustbepbs

          Samsung isn’t going to release their baby to HTC/Google, no matter how you look at it.

      • I know right, its like saying you want a Samsung display on an iPad…oh wait… sorry forgot Samsung has different divisions where OEMs can buy there stuff from, not just sammie…my bad

    • Bionic

      HTC blows my middle nutt

  • Smokeey

    Google would NOT use another Exynos in a Nexus device. Samsung won’t allow that much freedom with their processor. It simply isn’t open enough anymore and Google wants that.

  • Great another Nexus that gets horrible reception…

  • Bionic

    I don’t know but im so sick of waiting for nexus tablet information. Hurry the fuq up google!!!!

  • next nexus ? hell they havent got this one running right yet

    • will bartlett

      we know. get a new phone. i put axiom complex on my new gnex and it runs like a champ. yes. new gnex. i had a scratch that i couldnt live with in my other one.

      • mudleyblind

        Whats’s Axiom Complex?

  • Inquizitor

    I love my GNex but I’d be sorely disappointed if Samsung made the next Nexus-anything.

    • Butters619

      Yeah I’d really like to finally see a Moto Nexus. It’s time Google. It’s time.

      • Inquizitor

        Eh. Even though in practice a Moto Nexus would combine pretty good specs (though bad camera) with solid radios, an original design, and stock software, it still just feels way too weird.

        • Butters619

          Not like the G-Nex had a camera to write home about ;P

          • Inquizitor

            Hence why that comment was relegated to parentheses. 😛

            Camera’s at nearly the bottom of my priorities, at any rate.

      • kixofmyg0t

        As you can see by the downvotes, you said something positive about Motorola. This is a Samsung fanboy site dude.

      • Droidzilla

        A Moto Nexus would be too beautiful for this world, and would make fanboi heads explode.

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  • How about a Google Nexus Note with the Exnyos 5250 inside. I would do unspeakable things for that device.

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    • So would I. The mere thought of such a device made me tremble.

  • Maybe they’re trying to figure out how to make the Exynos chipset work with CDMA/LTE

  • Rob

    Verizon Galaxy Note?

    • Acid’sMark

      Doesn’t sound like Verizon… They either get the phone for a first launch or they pas it up. Not a bad assumption considering the info above though.

  • Acid’sMark

    My vote is this is all for a tablet from Google.

  • Could be a simple reference platorm to test out the 5250. Could be the new nexus tablet too (lets hope that 250 price stays…)

  • kixofmyg0t

    Im tempted by the Exynos. That Mali GPU is a BEAST.

    Still, Im happy until OMAP5 comes out, then it will be between Exynos 5200 series and OMAP5 for me.

  • Yup, I said it

    HTC needs to make the next Nexus. Perhaps even Motorola. After the POS named the Galaxy Nexus, Google shouldn’t reward Sammie yet again.

    • Acid’sMark

      Umm… What qualifies the Galaxy Nexus as a POS?!

      • People would argue the radio for one thing…though I wouldn’t call the entire phone a POS just because of that.

        • I’ve never had radio issues. Updating to the 4.0.4 radios improved battery life a bit, but the signal quality has been otherwise identical.

      • Ooops, I did it again

        The radio, the “camera”, the build quality…. Shall I go on???

        • Acid’sMark

          I have had no problems with it’s radio, and it’s a sturdy phone. Sure it’s no Moto build but it has been one of Samsung’s better builds. The camera isn’t the best, I’ll give you that. POS is pretty strong though.

          • dup.

          • Acid’sMark

            Valid point… I have seen that a time or two.

          • Also, one could attribute it to the frequency used for Verizon’s LTE (700 MHz spectrum) and it being less able to penetrate structures, but:

            1. the CDMA radio does this, too
            2. the rezound side by side with the nexus at my desk held LTE quite well and gave me speeds of 5Mbps or more, while the Nexus is lucky to get 1-2 Mbps (if it’s connected to LTE at all).

            I’m hoping the radios improve with firmware updates, but the latest leaked OTA radios only really helped slightly where dBm is concerned. They did improve handoffs a LOT, however.

          • I’ve had the opposite experience, granted it was coming from a Bionic to the Gnex. The bionic could not get signal in my office…the Gnex does (3G and LTE). My blackberry never had signal issues ever…even underground. It just couldnt do anything, you know, fun.

          • My issue with the radio is how the signal takes a total dive when entering most buildings (at least for me). I’m not someone lucky enough to work/live in a large city, though, so the signal probably isn’t as strong as others. Though at work I get ~-75 dBm on LTE outside and at my desk it’s lucky if it’s on LTE at all and sits at -110 dBm when it is.

          • will bartlett

            since when has verizon been known for having good signal in buildings?

          • will bartlett

            stupid disqus

          • will bartlett

            since when has verizon been known for having good signal in buildings?

          • will bartlett

            since when has verizon been known for having good signal in buildings?

          • LiterofCola

            Yeah, like it or not, it’s no POS

        • Jeff Tycz

          yes because only one of those is partially true

        • If I need to take a good picture i’ll get out my nikon dslr camera. I get the same reception on my DX as I do my Galaxy Nexus at my house. The Galaxy Nexus is by far my favorite phone i’ve owned.

      • imronburgundy

        Battery life out of the box even with 3G only.

    • oh no he didn’t!

      • LiterofCola


    • LiterofCola

      And here we GO!

    • Up until the oneX…HTC has made crap phones. Jus sayin. The Gnex is a google design, built by sammy. Not a Sammy design.

      • mustbepbs

        Huh? The Rezound was pretty good..

        • Droidzilla

          And the DInc/Nexus One, and the Dream/Magic/G1, and the Evo 4G, etc. I’ve never owned an HTC (don’t care for them, personally), but do let’s not pretend they haven’t made some dynamite devices.

          • G1 was a POS, the Evo/Incredible was ok…The rezound had a great camera, and a nice screen. Otherwise it was a huge letdown. The build quality is meh (on all of them that I’ve experienced thus far). I’m not saying the GNex is the best built phone out there either (before everyone jumps down my throat)…just saying that HTC hasnt done anything worthwhile until the oneX. If only Motorola would get their heads out of their asses and sell unlockable devices, we might have something here. For the record, I have a Gnex right now.

          • Droidzilla

            G1 was a groundbreaking device. It was pretty lacklustre compared to stuff that came after, but it was a milestone for Android as an OS. Ditto the Nexus One. The Evo 4G was one of the first devices to be seen as superior to the iPhone in the public eye (the OG Droid, though much better than the 3GS imo, was seen mainly as an alternative rather than a better device).

            I don’t care for the style of HTCs so I’ve never purchased one, but they have done a heck of a lot for Android as an OS. Maybe not as much as the OG Droid and Galaxy line, but the OG and the Galaxy 1, 2, and 3 may not have been what they are if not for HTC (conjecture, yes; but still arguably true).

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