Report: Samsung's Exynos 5 to power Galaxy S4

Posted by Trent Nouveau

Samsung's uber-popular Chromebook is one of the first real mobile implementations of ARM’s long-awaited Cortex-A15 processor in the form of Samsung’s Exynos 5 dual-core chip.

For the uninitiated, the 1.7 GHz Exynos 5 dual SoC is based on ARM's dual-core Cortex-A15 MPCore chip design, as well as ARM's quad-core Mali-T604 GPU.

Recently, Samsung debuted a new Exynos chip dubbed the "5 Octa" based on ARM's big.LITTLE architecture. As the name suggests, the SoC can best be described as an 8-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor, which pairs four high-power CPU cores with four lower-power cores.

Essentially, the two sets of cores act as load balancers, allowing the chip to seamlessly switch between higher performance requirements and low-power tasks, thereby significantly extending battery life.

It seems logical to assume that Samsung's powerful Exynos 5 chipset will power the company's next iteration of the Galaxy S smartphone. And indeed, Antutu benchmarks indicate the Octa-version of the chipset is inside the next-gen handset running at a cool 1.8 GHz.

Although Samsung has yet to officially confirm specs for the long-awaited Galaxy S4, various reports indicate the smartphone is likely to boast a 4.99-inch Super AMOLED full HD display, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera and 2GB of RAM.