Samsung announces new Exynos chips, camera sensors, more
The Samsung Unpacked event on Monday brought us news of the company’s latest flagship smartphone, as well as some new wearables, but in spite of everything we saw, we were still looking for more. After all, remember that “Exynos Infinity” teaser Samsung distributed a week ago? Where was our new silicon? Good things come to those who wait, and today Samsung took the lid off two new Exynos chips, as well as some camera sensors and other components.
Bad news first (well, maybe not “bad” bad, but counter to some of your expectations): there’s no 64-bit business here. Instead, we get two new members of the Exynos 5 family, the 5422 Octa and 5260 Hexa.
That latter chip should ring a bell, as it’s the one in the new Galaxy Note 3 Neo. That may have been putting the cart before the horse as far as the chip launch went, but it’s all official now: the 5260 offers dual 1.7GHz A15 cores and quad 1.3GHz low-power A7 cores.
The 5422 is a more traditional-sounding octa-core Exynos 5, though with a clock speed boost over the 5410 and 5420, now running at 2.1GHz, and capable of heterogeneous core configurations, using any combination of its A15s and A7s it wants. The chip is sampling now and mass production should get underway next month.
While unconfirmed, the 5422 looks like it could be the Exynos chip Samsung uses in certain Galaxy S 5 variants; while the Unpacked event only mentioned one SoC (later confirmed as the Snapdragon 801), Samsung docs have mentioned the existence of another processor option, and the details align nicely with the 5422.
One development we’ve been looking forward to from Samsung in 2014 has been its ISOCELL camera. Samsung unveiled two such sensors today, a 16MP and 13 MP component. Both chips offer wide angle support while minimizing crosstalk between pixels. The 16MP sensor in particular sounds quite impressive, capable not only of 60fps 1080p, but full-frame 16MP capture at 30fps. Mass production of the 16MP sensor should get underway next month, while the 13MP sensor hits that step later in Q2.
Beyond all that, Samsung has a new NFC chip supporting super-tiny antennas, as well a very low-power WiFi solution for use in embedded devices.