With the race for cores starting to die down, the next major advance in smartphone and tablet SoCs is going to come from the move from designs based around Cortex-A9 to A15 cores. We’ve already seen plans from Samsung to go in just such a direction for its Exynos 5 family, and it looks like the manufacturer may already be testing such hardware, as revealed through one benchmark database.
RightWare has data for a device reporting itself as a Samsung “TE4”. It claims a 1280 x 752 resolution, which makes it sound like a tablet running Android 4.x.
Things get interesting when we look at the processor and GPU. The processor is only described as a dual-core 1.7GHz component, but the presence of a Mali-T604 GPU helps to shed some light on what’s going on. The current Exynos 4 chips have Mali-400s, and we’ve already heard the T604 tipped for inclusion in the Exynos 5 Dual. That makes it look very likely that those 1.7GHz cores are Cortex-A15s.
Treat this find with the same skepticism you should hold for any benchmark-sourced data, but isn’t it intriguing? Maybe we’ll be seeing some of the hardware running one of these Exynos 5 Dual chips by the time CES and MWC roll around.