By Stephen Schenck | January 24, 2013 3:50 PM
There are plenty of next-generation SoCs on the horizon, from NVIDIA’s Tegra 4, to Huawei’s K3V3, to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800. While they’ve all got their own reasons why we should look forward to them, Samsung may have one of the most eagerly-anticipated chips of them all, its Exynos 5 Octa. After all, even if it’s not crunching numbers with all eight cores at once (something Qualcomm seriously doesn’t want us to forget), just the thought of all that power in our hand-held devices is enough to make us positively giddy. While we await word on what will be the first device to feature the chip, Samsung’s tweeted out a nice close-up look at the processor.
We know, rarely do we get excited over an image of a simple component, but just look at this baby, with its tightly-packed ball grid array of solder blobs, and all those intricate circuit traces routing their way around the chip’s underbelly – it practically feels fast, even just looking at it.
If some of the rumors we’ve heard have any truth to them, Samsung could be announcing the Galaxy S IV sometime in the next three months. It’s no lock, but we could very well hear the phone confirmed as the first device to feature this new chip; spring can’t get here soon enough.