We only just heard from Samsung that it had sent its Exynos 5 Octa SoC, one of the chips powering this year’s Galaxy S 4, back to the drawing board in order to beef it up with a new GPU and other enhancements. This new component is the one we expect to see in upcoming Samsung flagships like the Galaxy Note III, but could Samsung already be at work to outdo even this new Exynos? A new rumor suggests that the company is crafting an octa-core Exynos that doesn’t just use a set of four cores at once, but all eight at the same time.
While that may sound impressive, we still have some concerns; power consumption could be a bigger issue than it already is, as could the flip side to that: overheating. There’s also the diminishing returns you see when you just keep adding more and more cores to a system – don’t look for straight-up doubled performance.
This Samsung angle is still very much a rumor, but at least one other company has confirmed similar plans of its own: MediaTek just announced work on its own octa-core SoC, with production to get underway this fall.