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    With Apple making the 64-bit smartphone a reality, its competition is scrambling to play catch-up. We've already heard from Samsung, which has made it perfectly clear that it had its eye on bringing 64-bit performance to its own Exynos family of SoCs. Back in September, when it confirmed the news, the timing of such a development seemed a little unclear: the company both said that 64-bit chips would be present in its “next smartphones,” while also saying availability wouldn't necessarily be ready “in the shortest time.” Today we get a little update on 64-bit Exynos progress, but ...

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    Yesterday, we head some scandalous claims made about Samsung, the Galaxy S 4, and the phone's benchmark performance. Based on tests conducted by Anandtech, the Exynos-based GS4 appeared to be keeping its GPU running at a lower clock speed for the vast majority of apps, and would only crank things up to full-speed performance when running a benchmark app named on a hard-coded list stored on the phone. If true, that would suggest that Samsung was manipulating benchmarks in order to deliver figures not reflecting the phone's real-world performance. Now Samsung has responded to these ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the fact that it seems that the Nokia Lumia 1020 has not sold as well as we expected. Still, there are rumors of the company working on its own Windows RT tablet, even though these rumors aren't quite new. ASUS follows as the company's Chairman doesn't seem happy at all with Windows RT and is planning to not offer it on future tablets. The Samsung Exynos processor follows, as there are some benchmark realities to talk about. We end today's show talking about some leaks of the Amazon Kindle Fire line-up for 2013, even though we're not excited. ...

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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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    Of all the smartphone platform upstarts currently working on their wares, Tizen has the potential to be the most successful. For one thing, it's got the backing of Samsung, who's just an unchecked juggernaut at the moment. Then there's the hardware, and what little we've heard so far – mentions of things like 720p displays – had us hopeful that Tizen would be home to considerably higher-end hardware than the likes of which we're seeing from the first Firefox OS efforts. Today, we continue to learn about what to expect from Tizen hardware, checking out some evidence that Samsung is ...

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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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    News arrived last month of a potentially serious hole in how Exynos-based Android handsets let apps access system memory, giving them essentially free rein. Samsung responded to the discovery within a matter of days, promising software updates to correct the situation with affected devices "as quickly as possible". Now, less than a month later, we're beginning to see some of those updates arrive for Samsung users in the States. Samsung already got the ball rolling on this a couple weeks back, when users in the UK started receiving fixes for their Galaxy S III handsets. Now that we're ...

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    This year's Consumer Electronics Show from Las Vegas has come and gone. As usual, we've been both on-site bringing you coverage from events as well as the show floor, and here on Pocketnow, keeping you up to date with what's going on in the mobile world. For some the show has been excellent; for others it has been a letdown. We can't compare CES to a specialized mobile event like MWC (maybe with IFA); still, our experience from past years has taught us to expect certain things to happen at CES. They might or might not have happened in a straightforward way but there was a lot of innovation ...

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    Veni, vidi, vici! We were looking forward to CES 2013, pretty much like we're always looking forward to trade shows where there's a possibility of seeing new and exciting things from and related to the mobile world. Good or bad as it was, this year's Vegas show is just one of many to come and, probably the biggest problem related to CES is the fact that it is followed shortly by MWC, a show related to mobile and only mobile. We're seeing companies slowly moving away from shows to announce their gadgets, following Apple's lead, but even those companies who are show-centric have probably ...

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    Single-core processors are going the way of the dinosaur, and dual-core processors are all around us, but today's powerhouses run quad-core. Some chips even throw in a low-powered fifth-core just for good measure. Just days ago NVIDIA announced the Tegra 4, which outclassed everything else, hands down. That victory was short-lived as Qualcomm introduced us to their new Snapdragon 800. Both new product offerings come in quad-core (or fifth-core) configurations. Not to be left out, Stephen Woo (the president of Samsung's System LSI division) dropped a bomb on the SoC world shortly ...

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    "The Snowball, the 6-Inch Mate, & the In-N-Out Experience." That's the summary that led us out of our most recent podcast, and it narrowly missed becoming the title of this here episode, number 26 in our weekly series. This is a very special episode, coming to you straight from the luxurious Pocketnow suites overlooking the blink-tastic Las Vegas strip. For the past few days, we've been covering the happenings from CES 2013, bringing you video after video of devices from manufacturers of all stripes. It hasn't been the most hardware-heavy show in memory, but that doesn't mean we don't ...

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    Samsung's CES press conference was back on Monday, but today the company has even more news to share with us at its CES keynote address. The first go-round was a little bit of a letdown; thankfully, Samsung has followed through with some news worthy of our attention. It sure seemed like SoC fabricators were going to stop at quad-core designs, and focus their efforts on increasing both computational and power efficiency. Well, Samsung still has those goals in mind, but that's not stopping it from stepping-up the core count, announcing the eight-core Exynos 5 Octa. This isn't a pure ...

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    This time on the Pocketnow Weekly: SO MANY NEWS. "It's been quite a week" is something of a tired phrase when it comes to mobile technology, and we've used it, verbatim, for the past month or so -- because it's true. From Windows Phone 8 to Android to iOS 6 to ... heck, even BlackBerry had some news this week. We did our best to get to most of it on the podcast, but there's only so much time in a morning, especially when some of the news is so finely detailed. Tune in to this week's Pocketnow Weekly podcast for in-depth discussion of HTC's new Windows Phone 8 handsets, new Android phones ...

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    There's no denying that Samsung wrote the book on how to build a speedy processor. Still today, the dual-core Samsung Galaxy S II is one of the fastest smartphones in the world, and don't let me start talking about the Galaxy S III. We've known that Samsung has been working on a new Exynos variant since late last year. Current generation processors are based on the Cortex A9 architecture while the new Exynos Dual 5 will be based on the Cortex A15, so don't let the step back to dual-core worry you. Now, what makes this processor even more special is its support for the new Mali-T604 GPU. ...

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