Posts tagged with: Exynos 5 Octa
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    Samsung is hoping to be one of the early Android OEMs making the move to 64-bit devices, as it works to release hardware running 64-bit versions of the company's Exynos SoCs. We've been talking about these chips first finding their way into commercial hardware as we start moving into 2014, but just when will that be? The question is back on our mind this evening as we see Samsung tease some sort of Exynos announcement for the CES. The thing is – will this necessarily be about 64-bit chips? Samsung's tweet and the accompanying image you see above don't make any obvious reference to 64-bit ...

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    The mobile space is full of profound juxtapositions this week as Apple can't make enough iPhones to meet demand, while BlackBerry can't keep its head above water long enough to sell existing stock. Meanwhile, Microsoft announces its second round of Surface products, while soon to be-acquired hardware maker Nokia (allegedly) prepares its own Windows tablet - and the horrible marriage of smartphone maker HTC and audio baron Beats finally, mercifully, dissolves. That's the big news for the week ending September 27, 2013, and all of it -plus iOS 7 literally making people sick- awaits you in ...

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    This summer, we've already seen Samsung introduce a refreshed Exynos 5 Octa, the 5420, with a slightly higher clock speed and a new GPU. We also heard a rumor about another improvement coming to Samsung's chip, with the suggestion we'd be seeing some variant using all of its big.LITTLE cores at once in heterogeneous multi-processing mode. Sure enough, Samsung confirmed this development yesterday, announcing that an HMP solution would become available later this year. Today we get some new details about what might be in store for us, and how existing devices might benefit. The big question ...

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    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; ...

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    Last week, we heard Samsung announce that it was planning to reveal a new version of its Exynos 5 Octa SoC. So far, we've seen what the original Octa can do in the Galaxy S 4, and were curious to learn what improvements might push Samsung to come out with a new revision this early in the chip's short life. Well, today the manufacturer has gone ahead and made this new SoC official, announcing the Exynos 5 Octa 5420. For those of you keeping track, the Exynos 5 Octa from the GS4 is the 5410. So, what's the difference between these chips – what makes the 5420 better? The most obvious change ...

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    Back at the CES in January, Samsung unveiled the next generation of its SoCs, announcing the Exynos 5 Octa. Since then, though, the chip has kept a seriously low profile, so far only popping up in the Galaxy S 4, and even then not for every hardware variant. We expected to see the same chip turn up in future devices like the Galaxy Note III, but now it's sounding like that won't quite happen. At least, while the Exynos 5 Octa will live on, Samsung's already tweaking the chip's design, and today announced that an updated Exynos 5 Octa will arrive next week. Samsung shared the news on ...

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    With the launch of the (international) Galaxy S 4, Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa SoC and its two banks of four cores is now a reality. There's a whole lot of potential in that advanced silicon, and we've heard promises of next-gen performance alongside some appreciable power savings. Why is it, then, that the Exysos 5 Octa in this phone isn't managing its cores in the most optimized fashion? There's more than one way to choose which cores are running what in a big.LITTLE configuration, like what we see on the Exynos 5 Octa. The problem seems to be that Samsung chose only the simplest ...

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    Not all of us have read The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, so not all of us were exactly qualified to make the lame joke that kicks off this week's podcast. But we made it, and we stand behind it. Because as hundreds of fifth-rate "manufacturers" well know, sometimes you just have to fake it. But we're not talking about secondhand knockoff products in this episode of the Weekly. Rather, we get serious about octa-core comparisons, the till-recently-mythical HTC M4, the insanely cheap new Lumia out of Finland, and just how tired we are or aren't of the Samsung Galaxy S 4. In between, we ...

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    The Galaxy S 4. It's a name that commands respect: one that strikes fear into the hearts of other smartphones, and incites envy in the eyes of would-be buyers. As our full review reinforces, it's a name that represents one of the best Android smartphones you can buy today. But the Galaxy S 4 isn't just one phone: it's a device family comprised of many globally-specific variants. The SPH-L720 we reviewed last week was built especially for the American carrier Sprint, and while it's functionally identical to the other American operator variants, it has significantly less in common with its ...

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    Yes, yes: we know the official English-language prefix for "eight" is "octo," but you have to agree that octa just sounds -and looks- a whole lot better. And based on Samsung's choice of spelling on the box that just rolled into our office, the company agrees with us. Besides, admit it: after a week spent watching us dissect the quad-core American variant of the Galaxy S 4, you're hankering for a peek at its Exynos-powered eight-core sibling, no matter how we spell it. Behold: the phone we Yankees call the "international version" of Samsung's latest Android flagship, known to its friends ...

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    Sometimes there are good technical reasons for why one version of a smartphone runs one chipset, and another version of the very same phone is powered by different silicon. A lot of times, that has to do with wireless connectivity, and especially with the rise of LTE over the past few years, that could mean that LTE-supporting hardware had to be put together with alternate chipsets. You might think that was the same case with the Galaxy S 4 and the Exynos 5 Octa, since the LTE version of the phone, model GT-I9505, runs a Snapdragon 600 SoC. As Samsung has now confirmed, the Exynos 5 Octa ...

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    Wouldn't it figure; we just get done giving you a summary of what to expect from Samsung's Galaxy S IV when a new rumors comes our way, causing us to (once again) question what Samsung's preparing. Like so many of the phone's rumors lately, this one is looking at the choice of SoC Samsung uses in these handsets, and attempts to throw Exynos chips back in the running. To recap, at first everyone was talking about the GS4 being powered by Exynos chips, and the Exynos 5 Octa in specific. Then we saw a number of benchmark results turn up that appeared to suggest we were looking at handsets ...

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    Even if it takes six Skype calls to make a podcast happen, we're gonna do it for you folks, because that's just the kind of guys we are. And it's a good thing, too; while the news cycle has calmed down somewhat in the wake of last week's big BlackBerry event, there's still plenty to talk about from the worlds of Android and Windows Phone, from rumors and speculation to ... well, no, just rumors and speculation, really. But it's scintillating stuff, especially if you're into things named "M7" and "Nokia Tablet." All that, plus listener mail and a heaping helping of Joe Levi's robot voice, ...

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    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 ...

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    Is it fair to call Samsung's Exynos 5 Octa an eight-core processor? After all, it doesn't operate all eight cores simultaneously, choosing from either a bank of four A15 or four A7 cores, and it's not like we commonly call the Tegra 3 with its extra power-saving core a five-core chip, right? Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs doesn't seem too pleased with how Samsung is trying to position this chip, and had a few choice words about the Exynos 5 Octa while speaking to reporters in Beijing. Mind you, this is all coming from a Chinese translation, so while these may not be the exact words Dr. ...

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