Samsung’s pre-CES keynote address on Monday was uneventful, as far as Android enthusiasts are concerned, save for the announcement of the LTE-enabled Galaxy Note 10.1 for Verizon. At its second press event which was held earlier today, Samsung has announced something that is sure to cause considerable excitement for those who love processing muscle inside their gadgets.
The Korean giant has just announced their next-gen chip – the Exynos 5 Octa which is based on the ARM big.LITTLE/Cortex A15 architecture. The Octa in the name, essentially indicates 8 cores, which incude a combo of Cortex A15 and Cortex A7 cores. ARMs big.LITTLE architecture which combines both these types of cores makes the processor much more power efficient, while keeping it also able to deal with complex and heavy processing situations with ease. Basically, the A15 cores deal with all the heavy lifting, and the A7 cores kick in for day-to-day stuff which does not require too much computing power. This process of dynamic handling of processes also adds to power efficiency, and Samsung claims that the Exynos 5 Octa can cut power consumption by as much as 70% as compared to the Exynos 5 dual in the Nexus 10.
The Exynos 5 Octa is built with 5 Cortex A15 cores and will be much, much faster than the Exynos 5 Dual that currently exists in the Nexus 10. The Nexus 10 is currently the most powerful tablet that exists on the planet, and if the new Exynos Octa is what Samsung says it will be, then we’re in one helluva ride in 2013. Nvidia announced its Tegra 4 chipset yesterday, Qualcomm has announced their new series of high-end Snapdragon processors and now Samsung seems to have risen up to the challenge with the Exynos 5 Octa.
Samsung also claimed that the 3D gaming capability of the new chip is twice that of anything available right now. While all of this information was dazzling, Sammy did not however mention when e could actually get to see this new chip in action. Flagship devices like the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3 which are due for a release later this year would be where I’m putting my money on. And with Nvidia already including LTE on their Tegra 4 chip, we reckon the Octa would have it as well.
To sum it up, 2013 is not only going to be a year where FullHD displays screens of 5-inches or higher will be the norm, but also that of newer, more powerful and more power efficient processing technology packed inside those dazzling displays. Personally, I think CES 2013 was just the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s in store this year. The best and the greatest devices of this year are yet to come, and at least one device from Samsung will have this new beast inside it. Being not a great fan of devices larger than 5-inches, I’m hoping it is the Galaxy S4.