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Samsung Announces Eight-Core Exynos 5 Octa Chip

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This morning at Samsung’s keynote, the tech giant dropped news on their newest rendition of the popular Exynos 5 processor. The new chip pairs a set of quad-core chips, giving users superior performance and better battery life. The Exynos 5 Octa chip is being based on the ARM big.LITTLE / Cortex A15 architecture, with Samsung claiming two times the performance in tests with 3D gaming compared to anything else on the market. 

So, what phone will sport the new Octa chip? Could we hope to see it in the Galaxy S4 sometime later this year? No word yet on availability from Samsung, but it’s definitely an exciting time for mobile processors given we have new chips from NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and now Samsung.

Via: Engadget

  • Didn’t they show this exact technology last year at CES? I don’t understand why it’s being displayed again, unless I’m missing some kind of crucial detail that makes this prototype stand out from 2012.

  • SexciiP

    If only Samsung could just make it so their phones could have a stronger signal.

  • SexciiP

    Falling in love with Samsung all over again!

  • zaxwashere

    But does it come with an amazing show like Qualcomm chips?

  • joejoe5709

    Good Lord. And I thought quad-core was ahead of its time. Lag? What lag? My phone has flippin’ EIGHT processors! An Octo-core phone should hopefully be future proof for a few years. Octo-core Galaxy Nexus2 release sometime around September please!

  • Paul

    My guess is the GS4 will have a quad and the GN3 will get 8 cores, if a phone even gets one this year.

  • MichaelFranz

    GS4 please…

  • RoadsterHD1

    Question is, will this processor couple play NICE with 4G-LTE VZN

  • Droidzilla

    I’m going to wait until the cores go to 11.

    • Because it’s 1 more?

    • Why don’t they just make 10 faster?

      • Droidzilla

        No no no; this is 1 more. It goes to 11.

    • brando56894

      I’m gonna wait until the power is over 9,000.

      • Droidzilla

        What?! 9000?!!! The scouter must be broken.

  • RoadsterHD1

    OK so we have three new processors. Which one is faster? Has anyone tested these yet? Any bench marks from third party testers.Kellex what are your thoughts on these?

    • No, there are no comparison benchmarks, hands-on with devices running the chips (kind of at NVIDIA), or anything like that yet. But, there will be!

    • Dave

      Realistically they’re all going to be mind numbingly fast and only on paper will one really be superior. In real life there probably won’t be a massive difference that can be noticed. Just my guess….

      • sk3litor

        My thoughts exactly. You’ll never hear someone say ” dammit I’m so sick of having relations with Megan fox.I wish I would have chosen Carmen electra instead.”

    • staticx57

      A quad cortex A15 running at a certain clockspeed should run about the same whether it’s the Tegra 4 or Exynos. After all they the all use the same CPU part, it’s the GPU part thats different. After that you get concerned with software.

  • they obviously came up with the “2x as fast” statement before the tegra 4 and Snapdragon 600/800 processors. i wonder how they will all stack up against each other. either way, its good for everyone. can’t wait to see what is coming in the next 6 months. my upgrade can’t come soon enough. 🙂

  • yarrellray

    I stated weeks ago that Samsung would release it’s Exynos 5 with 8cores which was announced on Twitter by Samsung. I told folks not to put all their eggs in that Nividia Tegra 4 basket 2 days ago now look. You can rest assured that the upcoming Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will be BEST in class devices in 2013. Nothing will be better.

    • Butters619

      I wouldn’t go that far. The SGS3 doesn’t have the best display in class (One X wins), the best battery in class (Razr HD or HD Maxx win), the best skin in class (Stock wins, but if you want to be technical Moto wins), the best build quality in class (again I’d go One X or Razr HD).

      The galaxy just combined a bunch of good features built up a mega marketing campaign and released to all carriers at the same time.

      If Moto can get their head out of Verizon’s ass and pop in a better camera, I think they’ll take the best in class phone.

      • renGek

        Well in the history of technology, its rarely the technically superior device that wins. Its the one that gets the best PR…hence iphone has done well.

        • Butters619

          Yeah I know. And Samsung completely understands that. Hopefully Moto and HTC learn.

          • Chris

            Hoping HTC with release one phone on all carriers and come out with lots of great ads this year.

          • Butters619

            I have the One X and I love it, but I don’t know if HTC can get their act together with batteries. It’s like they are completely ignoring the bigger battery fad and don’t give a sh*t. As least Moto knows their cameras are a weak spot so hopefully they do something about it.

            If HTC took the DNA and strapped a 2500+ mAh battery in it (preferably 3000+ mAh) and either popped in an sd slot of 64gb of internal, I would be on board.

          • Dale Griggs

            Verizon has been destroying Moto phones since the OG1.. Most phone buyers don’t know or care about software or hardware, Like sheep, they want to look like their friends which is why Apple is still in business. But history is littered with companies that use that marketing plan and eventually the word is out that they are screwing people. Apples day is coming. Right now, the iphone is popular with people who don’;t know $hit about technology.

      • Dave

        Razr MaXX build quality isn’t that great….it’s metal but very very thin metal that feels exactly like plastic.

        • Butters619

          I said HD Maxx. It definitely feels a lot more solid than the SGS3.

      • droidsung

        One X has two serious drawbacks, no sd slot and non-removable battery. Razr HD has hopelessly poor camera and laggy UI. It’s not just marketing. Though not perfect, GS3 is very well made all around phone without any serious flaws.

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    • Ibrick

      You’d really only be comparing the A15 quad core to the Tegra and Snapdragon. The second processor likely wont be active at the same time, similar to the companion core NVIDIA uses which is a battery saving design vs. power/speed.

      I do like how you’re able to predict the future though. Might want to use that talent prior to posting..

      • Richard Yarrell

        Talent has been used and told much prior to posting. If you was a follower of mines on Twitter, or if you was part of my Facebook page as well as my Google Plus pages then in November you would have been told of this information. I provide the necessary information to all my tech friends and followers and it comes from person’s who are related in the industry. They have proven track records and we all social network as often as daily communications.

        • squiddy20

          Or he could’ve just looked it up on Google, Wikipedia, or any other search engine instead of following your sorry ass. Lord knows he’d be inundated with “Samsung rules” videos and screenshots, just like you did 1 year ago when you were on your “Evo is boss” stint. I mean, what sane person puts

          Oh yeah, you’ve got great “sources”: http://www.tmonews.com/2013/01/huawei-drops-6-1-ascend-mate-t-mobile-4g-ready/#comment-759689622 which is nothing more than a a *concept*. The entire website is called “concept-phones.com”. And concepts, in case you don’t know, *almost always* never turn out to be true, just like all the Nexus 4 rumors, mock-ups. and concepts. Idiot.

          BTW, it’s “if you **were** a follower of **mine** on Twitter” you unintelligent dolt. And you insulted me about being a “useless college boy”? Haha what a joke.

    • Simon Belmont

      So are you just going to copy this same blurb into every mobile tech website you visit? Swell.

      Speaking of eggs and baskets. You’re counting your chickens before they’re hatched.

  • Butters619

    8 core A15….i think I just filled the cup

    • owan

      My impression is that this is NOT an 8 core A15. Its using the big.LITTLE setup and is referred to in this article as “a *pair* of quad-core chips”. That likely means its a quad A15 as the big and a quad A7 as the LITTLE

      • Butters619

        Yeah jumped the gun on that one.

      • feztheforeigner

        Is there a difference between the A7 and A9? I haven’t heard of the A7, do you mean the A9 or did I just miss something?

        • owan

          Yes there is a difference. A9 is the old high performance architecture thats being superseded by A15. A7 is the budget/low-power architecture thats superseding the A8. The A7 is feature-compatible with A15, but designed for lower power applications, kind of like how the companion A9 in tegra 3 was built with low-power transistors

  • Justin Kos

    OMAP 4 for’ lyfe! Lol

  • Futbolrunner

    Droid Life show tonight!? [crossing fingers]

    • We’re looking into it! 😉

      • Thomas

        Droid Life show from the Bunny Ranch ? Please !!!

        • I couldn’t pay them enough for that!

          • Initiate operation DL Bunny Ranch Fundraiser

          • Thomas

            Now your talkin’ !!! Great idea.

          • Pedro

            Expense it!

  • Bewara2009

    I am already excited for the note 3 when it releases end of Q4…

  • Rich Wentz

    Tech Boner….

    • Justin Kos

      Real boner

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  • bakdroid

    Devices running the new Exynos 5 Octa will come complete with liquid cooler fanny pack…

    • Justin Kos

      And apps won’t even known there are that many cores

      • renGek

        technically if you know what you are doing, you shouldn’t be writing code specifically looking for 2, 4, 8 cores. It should be either a single core code or multi core code. No reason to bottle yourself in.

        • Butters619

          Yeah you just make your application multi-threaded and the processor should distribute the threads appropriately.

        • Jeff

          You must not program or least haven’t done much multi-threaded programming.

    • Mmm, fanny pack. Hopefully it will be able to hide my nerd boner.

      • As long as you where it in front like backpack’s in middle school.

      • sk3litor

        But if you wear it in front you’ll break you’re neon pink/green sunglasses when you bend over to pull up your socks. Duh everyone knows that;)

        • michael arazan

          Two words, sock garters

        • Ibrick

          Zubaz will keep your socks in check

          • sk3litor

            But who will keep the ladies in check when you come roller skating down the block. Booyah

    • Butters619

      Heat isn’t the only issue, think of size. Imagine a phone logic board with 2 processors.

      • bakdroid

        You are putting 2x the transistors on the same size of Si. Your BTU per sq. cm is going to increase no matter what.

        I am sure they can re-position the cores in order to fit them on a piece of Si not much larger then they have right now.

        • Butters619

          It’s funny I was actually trying to pull up xrays on their current chips and compare the to A15s to see about size. But I’m at work lol

      • Dale Griggs

        In the late 60s, IBM had a duel processor named the 360/67. The current phone processors are duel core, meaning 2 or 4 or whatever cores in one processor.You could write multi-threaded code but you have no control over core or processor was used. Can you imaging the mess that would be created if each application could control the cores? That is the job of the operating system.

    • joejoe5709

      Ha. Seriously.

    • metool6

      let the overclocking begin

  • Thomas

    New logo yet ?

  • chris125

    Can’t wait to see these in new devices

  • thedonxr

    I wonder if Jimmy Johns will come out with new Jimmy Chips!

    • Jack Hoffman

      So fast, I freaked 15 minutes ago…

    • Stevedub40

      *sobs*, please lets not talk about Jimmy Johns. I recently moved from Michigan to California, and they don’t have a Jimmy Johns around here! I miss my gargantuan!