Samsung Exynos 5410 could get software update to become true octa-core chip
The interesting news this morning is that HMP can be added to the Samsung Exynos 5410, already used in the GT-i9500 version of the Samsung Galaxy S4, via a software update. The update should also work on the Exynos 5420 which has already been seen on video with HMP, using all 8 cores at once. That is potentially electrifying news for those with the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 as well as for those with the international model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the Meizu MX3.
Meizu has already announced that the Meizu MX3 will be getting an HMP update later this year to convert the Exynos silicon in that flagship model into a true octa-core. And yes, Samsung could do the same to its devices sporting an Exynos 5. The bottom line could be a more powerful and efficient device that can transform the inner workings of your handset thanks to a mere software update.
source: Meizu (translated), gizChina via UnwiredView
1. PhoneCritic (Posts: 400; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)
Nice. This is truly innovating on the part of ARM and Samsung for allowing a software upgrade to do this instead of a hardware upgrade. This gives additional life to the international S4.
8. sharks (Posts: 180; Member since: 16 Feb 2013)
It's not gonna happen for the S4 as the latter has already gone halfway through its lifespan before the S5 is announced in about 6 months. Samsung isn't going to unleash the marketing of "true octacore" via a simple update. That moniker will be reserved for something grand and new, in the form of its next flagship device. However, the Note 3 might still be eligible, although it is already packing a newer Exynos chipset with a lot of more CPU and GPU power relative to other handsets on the market right now. So, my guess is - no true octacore update for Note 3 either. The only solid possibility is after the S5 reveal, when the S4 is refreshed into the S4 Plus.
16. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
All this is just a Kernel that needs to be downloaded via Root
29. heyhi (Posts: 126; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)
i guess Note 3 will be a true octacore.
i read this on XDA Forum - a guy asked about the difference between exynos 5410(S4) and the new 5420(N3).
Q: " read in the S4 forum that the Exynos 5410 is affected by a bug at the Corelink which caused some slow downs in the switch between A7 and A15 cores. Is the Exynos 5420 bugfree?"
A: "Exynos 5410 had its CCI disabled - a hardware limitation, not a bug. The CCI is enabled in 5420"
According to the answer, im not sure how they're gonna update 5410 if its a "hardware limitation", according to him.
5420 doesnt have this "limitaion", so.....
Q: "Do we actually know if the 5420 supports the HMP (Heterogenius MultiProcessing)? If it does, will we have to wait for a software upgrade? (kernel?)"
A: "It does support all the 3 processing types. Latest linux kernel has the support."
i dont understand about programing, not sure about the answers, if they're tottaly true, but it seems about right.
32. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)
It is not half way to the S5 try about 7-8 more months.
13. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)
What a beast!!
2. zuckerboy (banned) (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)
It has been not a true octa core ? then samsung lied :D
7. xDrizzyXx (Posts: 62; Member since: 28 Jun 2011)
Samsung never said it was a true octa-core. Its has always been big.LITTLE.
22. SleepingOz (unregistered)
It is a true octa-core, it's just not meant to be used as such.
3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5975; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
I wonder how hot the phones will be in true 8-core mode? GS 4 in game mode will literally be too hot to hold....
18. scumbledEGG (unregistered)
38. Volcra (Posts: 21; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
It's more like the other way around; if you're doing the same amount of work on a quad core processor on a Octacore, temperatures will be lower as there is less strain on each individual core; also the battery life would be more efficient.
44. scumbledEGG (unregistered)
if you are only at 1ghz, but was the use of octacores if you aint running at 2ghz??? but then you'll be toast, haha! great power means great responsibilities, haha!
4. galanoth (Posts: 346; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)
I thought the Galaxy Note 3 is using the 5420.
12. Alan01 (Posts: 221; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)
I thought that it was clear that this would also apply to the 5420 as well. I've added a few words to make that clewarer. Thanks!
5. tarun.parashar (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)
this is crazy.
How would they PHYSICALLY adjoin those dual processors. :p
9. raghu67 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
i don't think this is something that can be done by just a software update..
as it has to do with how the processor cores interact with each-other & transfer the load.
as per what i understand, this new feature might be enabled in the newer 5420 SoC or may be with the newer batches of 5410 & 5420..
i may be wrong also..
14. ashisharbola (Posts: 62; Member since: 20 Oct 2012)
Are you the engineer behind Exynos 5410 So u can say it can't be happen....
43. raghu67 (Posts: 26; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)
am not the engineer behind 5410 design,
i said it is my opinion and i also said i may be wrong...
whats wrong with you.
10. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)
That's good support! Now Android needs to play catch up to these amazing processors
15. scumbledEGG (unregistered)
specs, specs, its all about OS...
21. scumbledEGG (unregistered)
agreed but what about bloatware issues compared with different os?
17. FreakenSolom (Posts: 7; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)
I wonder how will that effect the bettery life thing -_-
I mean that the whole point of the Big.little was to make life bettery better ........ right O.o !!!!!!
23. SonyPS4 (Posts: 265; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Give us battery that last a week and minimum 128gb internal storage then we can talk about octa core or 4k video (to all manufacturer not just Samsung)
25. PapaSmurf (Posts: 9039; Member since: 14 May 2012)
You're demanding a Ferrari with a Toyota price. It's never going to happen.
33. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
I'll take the Toyota as it will run off a tank of gas for a week, the Ferrari will be out of gas in 1/4th the time. I like to get where I'm going without having to plan my route accoring to filling stations.
Samsung has a nice 128 GB internal storage, but Seagate just dropped the bomb of 500GB internal storage for slim tablets, I wonder if they can use the same tech to toss 250GB storage in a cellular device?
42. shuaibhere (Posts: 1708; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)
for your kind information...seagate is one of samsung partners...
24. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 860; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
The Meizu uses a Exynos5410 just like the I9500 GS4, PA!!
26. DukeX (Posts: 327; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)
This can be done in a software update. It's a hack for dual core phones that makes both cores work at the same time. It's just better for multitasking and doesn't increase speed that much. Idk about battery life.
27. harigrg33 (Posts: 170; Member since: 20 May 2013)
If this update goin to make my s4 more hotter than I dont want coz its already very hot.
28. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)
who care anymore the octa core is a huge let down in the US maybe the net big phone samsung makes will get an octa core here not impressed on how we get left out.
41. joey_sfb (Posts: 3445; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
ding..ding...ding..hater detected. Prescribe chlorine acid as mouth wash recommended.
34. MorePhonesThanNeeded (Posts: 645; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)
OK people, unless apps or the OS takes advantage of having 8 cores, this is just a pissing match that is still pointless as when the phone is in use those extra cores will activate possibly once or twice and the phone will still run off the two main cores it was always running anyway. Too much techno talk and no actual real world trials...has Samsung shown this running off everyday apps and in use in the hands of the average user? nope just big news on sites like these and it still pushes no boundaries as it's pretty moot as dual core apps dominate the market. Overemphasis on tech advances and not enough maximizing the power we have in our hands right now.
37. Nephylim (Posts: 134; Member since: 04 Apr 2013)
Performance + Efficiency in Perfect Harmony
My S4 i9500 waiting update !!!! ;)