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Qualcomm CEO: Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa Nothing More Than a Publicity Stunt

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In a recent conference, Qualcomm’s CEO Paul Jacobs was not afraid to let the people know his true feelings for Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa processor. In short, it’s a meaningless number. A publicity stunt by Samsung to draw favorable attention their way. 

Jacobs states that when the number of cores goes up, the harder they become to manage in terms of temperature and power consumption. Although, the Octa utilizes the big.LITTLE ARM architecture, which is the selling point that power conservation is their main focus. Long story short, Samsung is utilizing this technology to battle the issues Jacobs is referring to.

Going forward, Jacobs stated that the focus should rather be on the end user experience, with better downloads, greater rendering power, and overall better performance from their phones. That is something we as consumers should all be able to get behind.

Via: Sina | Phone Arena

Image credit – Bloomberg

  • Elijah Leffingwell

    Are all the people here who complain about battery issues driving hybrid cars? Just curious

  • Dale Griggs

    This guy must be an ex Apple employee. Remember when Apple came out with their 7″ tablet and when reminded that The Holiness Jobs said Apple would never build one, Cook’s response was, “This is not 7”.

  • Art Malik

    First time Paul Jacobs is saying something against samsung. ….meaning snapdragon is out of galaxy s4. US version of S3 had snapdragon so QUALCOMM sold some chips to Sammy baby. For s4 it will totally exynos. …. Just waiting to see what modem they will use

  • He’s right. Its like claiming your car has a V8 only to find out that only 4cylinders can run at a time.

  • Ray

    Samsung should invest more time and money on improving the batteries on their smartphones, instead of throwing more cores into their smartphones. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for more cores, but there’s no point in adding cores when the battery is going to drain within a few hours. Improve the battery technology, so that we can charge the phone in less than 20 minutes, instead of 2 hours.

    • Joe

      We need improved batteries and lower power screens

  • 700 Mhz Single core ftw.

  • joejoe5709

    As long as the price remains virtually the same and reliability/performance isn’t any worse… why NOT have 8 cores?! But I understand where he’s coming from. It’s like the 8 speed automatics. Sure it gets 3% better mileage than 7 speeds, but it’s mostly to one-up the competition because it sounds cooler.

    • jeesung

      manual transmissions FTW!

  • schoat333

    Does this mean the US GSIII will be the last Samsung phone to use a Qualcomm processor? LOL

  • Haters gonna hate…he’s just mad that qualcomm was a) late to the game and b) got leapfrogged…again. QC and Nvidia are ALWAYS like this…he’s just mad that it happened again

  • nightscout13

    I want all-day battery, not raw processing power!

  • Who cares about power? I’d take a dual-core phone if it lasted me for 2+ days.

    • tyguy829

      its called the razr maxx

  • Simon Belmont

    OH NO HE DIDN’T. Them’s fightin’ words.

    But yeah, any CEO is going to downplay the competition. Not surprising.

  • Dave

    That’s what I’d say too if somebody one upped my product a few days after release.

  • Thomas

    Man, somebody has processor envy.

    • Dave

      He should have just said, “Damn! Well we ruled for a few days.” He should just relax, Qualcomm will sell their fair share of chips too.

  • Isaiah Marshall

    I totally agree with him, lets improve on quad and duo core processors before we even THINK before going into octo core territory. We can EASILY make those quad core processors better than this “8core” trash. Hell, my super high end gaming PC utilizes a quad core. It’s a waste of resources and space.

    • Danrarbc

      Quad and dual chips are improving. But A15 performance pulls more wattage, you have to do something about that. BIG.little is one way. Qualcomm would rather just not do A15.

      • Tommy Thompson

        What? Most of Qualcomms newer chips are A15. The S4 in my S3 is A15..

        • Danrarbc

          No, it’s not. It’s an enhanced A9.

          • Simon Belmont

            ^This. You beat me to it.

            No A15s until the newer Exynos Dual in the N10. Yep.

          • Tommy Thompson


          • Danrarbc

            Right. Some of the enhancements were informed by the A15, but many weren’t. It’s an A9 at heart – Apple basically did the same.

          • You sir, are the one who is wrong. Qualcomm does not make any true A15’s….just A9 hybrids.

        • The only true A15 out there is the Exynos 5 afaik. The S4 is a9 with a lot of A15 similarities

        • snapdragonFan

          Its not an A15, its not an A9. Its Qualcomm’s own design, its only similar to either b/c there are known standard mirco-architectural design concepts used to achieve high performance. Qualcomms design is based off the same architecture document as the A9, but that only specifics how the execution of instructions work. There are many different ways to achieve the same execution(result).

          • Tommy Thompson

            I remember reading when it was first announced that it was A15. Thanks for clarifying. 🙂

    • Tommy Thompson

      You should probably look up the Octa and how it actually uses the cores.

  • I agree… If they made a better user experience and focused on that (making it smoother, less crashes, nicer more beautiful UI) instead of “how many features we can jam in this thin as paper phone”… that’s soon gonna be phablet anyway! 🙁

  • Tommy Thompson

    So in other words, he has no clue how the Octa works…

    • sam_d

      I can tell you one thing, Qualcomm knows about mobile processors more than any other company on the planet..

      • michael arazan

        Too bad their Executives don’t

  • Droidzilla

    24 cores or GTFO.

    • feztheforeigner

      72 core GPU on the Tegra 4!

      • Droidzilla

        M04R C04RZ!

  • Buddha For President

    Cores are found inside apples. #INB4APPLELAWSUIT

  • Rad Stevens

    You guys ever try the weed?

  • redbar0n11

    He sounds Jelly. Just sayin.

    • Hunter

      Jelly Bean!

      • New_Guy

        Dropped some Jelly Beans in the Haterade!

        That’s one nerdy a$$ cocktail.