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    What is going on with Samsung's efforts to deliver a 64-bit Exynos chip? The company confirmed plans for such a processor just days after Apple's announcement of the iPhone 5S (with that 64-bit A7 of its own) last summer, but ever since then we've been a little unsure of just how far along the company's work might be. Some reports suggested that a 64-bit Exynos would arrive sooner than not, and maybe even in time for the Galaxy S 5 (which, clearly, has not happened). Other statements from Samsung had us thinking that the chip might be further off, sometime in the second half of this year. ...

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    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 ...

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    Last month, we were hoping to get big Exynos news from Samsung at the CES, after the company published a teaser image in late December. When CES finally rolled around, we were a little let down: no news of next-gen 64-bit Exynos chips. In fact, there was no big news at all, and Samsung kept much of its private Exynos display locked behind closed doors. Will MWC be more of the same, or could we expect something a little more substantial? With the GS5 likely in the cards, would a new Exynos SoC debut alongside it? The specifics of Samsung's plans remain a mystery, but we now have cause to be ...

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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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    With the release of the iPhone 5S and its 64-bit A7 processor, Apple really forced the industry's hand, and everyone's now racing to deliver 64-bit devices of their own. On the Android side, Samsung's been very vocal about its 64-bit aspirations, and we're expecting a 64-bit Exynos chip to arrive in a Samsung phone sometime next year. Today we get a quick update on that project, and hear from ARM about where things are going from here. According to an unnamed ARM exec, ARM met with Samsung today to discuss the pending launch of the company's 64-bit Exynos chip. While we're glad to hear ...

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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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    At first we thought the Japanese were just lucky to be getting a 2GB version of the Samsung’s Galaxy S III. Then we found out that the Canadians were getting one and we had to scratch our heads. Sure, there's a trade-off. For the extra RAM it looks as if you'll have to drop from a quad-core Exynos chip to a dual-core Snapdragon S4. This raises a few questions... Do we need 2GB RAM on our smartphones? There's a fine line between "want" and "need". We covered that in a previous article, so we won't go into it here. What's worth noting, however, is that LG is already stepping things up ...

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    Currently sitting at the top of many Android users' tech wish lists, the Samsung Galaxy S III is by any measure an impressive piece of kit. The follow-up to one of the most popular devices in Android's history, it has a lot to live up to. We've talked about some of the software customizations that will make this new Galaxy S its own flavor of smartphone, but we should keep in mind the fact that many millions of people will never, ever see the device in its announced configuration. The reason for this: carrier customizations. When wireless providers make the decision to carry a device on ...

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