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Samsung Galaxy S7 Premium Edition rumored to have 14 core GPU and 4K display

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Premium Edition rumored to have 14 core GPU and 4K display
According to a new rumor that circulated on Friday, a Samsung Galaxy S7 Premium Edition is being planned by Samsung, and will be offered only in South Korea. This super spec'd version of Sammy's flagship phone is said to feature a 4K display, and a dual-lens camera module made by Sony. At the heart of this Galaxy S7 Premium Edition is a different version of the Exynos 8890 chipset.

The Exynos 8890 SoC  is rumored to be the chip powering the Samsung Galaxy S7 in all markets other than the U.S. and China. In those two countries, the Snapdragon 820 SoC will be driving the phone. The graphics processor on the Exynos 8890 is the Mali-T880 with 12 cores. A second version of the Exynos 8890 for the Galaxy S7 Special Edition, reportedly comes with a version of the Mali-T880 with 14 cores. ARM has said that the graphics processor is scalable from 1 to as many as 16 cores, so this is not science fiction. 

The source of this rumor is a posting on a Weibo page. This means, as tasty a dish as such a phone would be, you need to take this rumor with a grain of salt.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Premium Edition is rumored on Weibo

Samsung Galaxy S7 Premium Edition is rumored on Weibo


Thanks for the tip!

source: Weibo via GforGames

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posted on 13 Nov 2015, 20:27 2

1. shinywindow (unregistered)


Krapple sux

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 20:49 9

5. zeeBomb (Posts: 2093; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


Thanks for the boner PA. *pulls out tissues*

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 07:01

44. neela_akaash (Posts: 1183; Member since: 05 Aug 2014)


How will apps/games utilise those 14 cores...?

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 19:26 1

64. Ruturaj (Posts: 1329; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


As they use 8 cores. GPU can have thousands of cores running in parallel. Graphics task are easy to divide to perform in parallel.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 09:01

48. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3724; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Thank you for the very relevant comment. Your insight into this article has been invaluable.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 20:37 7

2. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 903; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


It would be good if Samsung would bring this GPU to their high end tablet, or perhaps a MP16 variant will be perfect.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 20:38 2

3. Ruturaj (Posts: 1329; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Why 14 then, 16 sounds better.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 20:43 4

4. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 903; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Don't think that 14nm Finfet mfg. process doesn't have a limit. A MP16 variant will be too much for a smartphone chipset, but maybe it will fit perfectly for a tablet.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 23:29 1

26. Ruturaj (Posts: 1329; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Yep make sense, may be possible for when they move to 10nm.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 20:49 12

6. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 588; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)


No comments about 4K overkill? Hmm...

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 20:55 23

9. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Octa core CPUs are overkill in theory. Without 4k displays they would be sitting around scratching their octa assess, so might as well.

It's more awesome than overkill.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 22:02 3

18. shimanto1123 (Posts: 100; Member since: 20 Nov 2014)


Comment of the day!

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 22:37 16

22. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Octa-core is made for power efficiency, smartass.

A big.LITTLE octa core has basically only 4 cores which provide all the power. The other 4 provide almost no power and are for power saving while low usage.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 23:22 6

25. zeeBomb (Posts: 2093; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


The lannisters sent their regards. And also knowledge.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 00:54 9

31. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


4 cores is still overkill and Samsung did release a code that allows all 8 cores to run at once because Apple and HTC fans were bitching about it not being a true Octacore. I am sure you remember that.

Either way, the point stands. Everything is overkill, might as well have the 4K awesomeness and not let crooks like Apple give us 750p and charge us 4K prices anyways.

I understand how big little works btw. Lol

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 01:07 16

33. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


4 cores ate overkill! ! Go back to 2005 kid. Android can easily manage 4 or even 8 threads easily.

'I understand how big little works BTW. Lol'- no you don't. Samsung released no code to make 8 cores work. There is no code to do that. S4 still runs only 4 cores at once as it uses cluster migration. HMP is enabled in recent implementation as it can enable any configuration to work. Earlier you only had 2 configurations: 4 little or 4 big, now you have 2^8 configurations and you can choose whichever works best best for maximum power saving.

HMP can't be enabled with a software update. The chip must support it in hardware.

If you knew how BIG LITTLE worked, I wouldn't have this conversation with you.

BTW read this if you think quad or octa core is useless:

http://www.androidauthority.com/exynos-7420-multitasking-multi-core-and-multiprocessing-637647/

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 06:35 3

40. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/samsungs-exynos-5-octa-will-be-able-to-use-all-eight-of-its-cores-in-q4/

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/samsungs-exynos-5-octa-will-be-able-to-use-all-eight-of-its-cores-in-q4/

I understand how big little works. It's not hard fir crust sakes. 4 heavy lifting cores and 4 lower powered power saving cores.

I didn't say it was useless tardy boy. I just said 4 cores is as much overkill as 4k is overkill. It really doesn't make a huge difference considering you have dualcore setups that run just fine like all the Apple iPhone chops, the Tegra k1 etc. Everything has diminishing returns including core count and singling out 4k is wrong.

You understand what I am saying dwarf? Lol stop acting like some kind of itard who lacks reading comprehension. Worthless and overkill are two very different definitions. The point is that octa core is not needed to run Android flawlessly like the Tegra k1 has shown. Even the Nexus 10 has shown. The SD820 doesn't even need 8 so yeah the point stands. 4k is as overkill as quadcore is.

Itards said Fhd is overkill when it's obviously not. 4k might be but so is everything else.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 07:25

46. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Lol... The Android UI may go fast enough with dualcores but there are more heavy tasks than that...

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 07:52 3

47. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


That ars technica crap didn't turn out true. It was just a speciation. I owned a s4 i9500 and it used cluster migration. It couldn't be changed due to the cache incoherence bug in the 5410. You should read andreilux's thread on XDA.

2 cores of a K1 are as powerful as 4 cores of other chips. Same for iPhone. So if you're saying quad core is useless, then even dual core is useless as it produces same amount of power.

Do you have an idea how powerful those dual core machines are.

I end my discussion here, seeing how much your brain capacity is. Number of cores have no relation with overall speed. A single core I7 has equal or more power than octa core sd 615. That didn't make octa core overkill. If octa core is overkill, that single core I7 is overkill too.

4k is overkill, quad core may be overkill depending on the architecture inside. If it's a core like apple twister or Nvidia denier, then yes: a dual core can do the task. If it's a weak core, than 4 are necessary.

Obviously you'll still not understand that given your reading comprehensive skills. So sorry but I won't further reply.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 09:45

52. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Neither Apple's nor Nvidia's dualcores aren't as fast as quad A57-s.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 10:28 1

54. zeeBomb (Posts: 2093; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


I came back to say: I think Taters have learned his lesson...

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 12:59 1

58. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


No lessons learned except the dwar lacks reading comprehension. Let me just rephrase my original post so he finally gets it. I think he has been hanging out with itards too often or something.

My original post that he threw hissy fits about.

"Octa core CPUs are overkill in theory. Without 4k displays they would be sitting around scratching their octa assess, so might as well.

It's more awesome than overkill."

Reworded for itard level.

All high end processors these days are overkil in theory. Without 4k displays, these new and powerful processors would be sitting around doing nothing or using their power saving cores most of the time. So might as well tax these new processors with 4k displays and make them work harder more often.

4k is more awesome and nice to have than overkill.

If he still doesn't get it, then he never will after that.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 12:44 1

56. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


"So if you're saying quad core is useless, then even dual core is useless as it produces same amount of power. "

Are you that dense that you still don't understand? That's exactly what I am saying moron. Everything is overkill! Heck, you can probably find a scientist that says breathing air gives you cancer let alone that new studying singling out process meats, which we have been eating for years no consequences.

Don't single out 4k resolution, almost everything has already reached a saturation point on smartphones, including processors. just look at the speediests that show the 2 year old Nexus 5 with the SD800 smoke the brand new Nexus 5x hexacore sd808. Or how the Moto G runs fine on an SD 400. Or how the most recent HTC A9 apparently runs great with a crapdragon 617.

So basically I would take an overkill i5 or i7 with 4k over a under kill SD617 and Fhd any day of the week. All am I saying is if you have an i5 level processor, might as well tax it with 4k instead of under tax it with Fhd.

So singling out 4k as overkill and ignoring everything else is f**king stupid.

Understand now finally? Don't be a lack of reading comprehension isheep and read my posts again. They are perfectly valid.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 13:13 5

59. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


I'm gonna reply considering the amount of stupid you're spreading.

CPU has no relation with resolution. GPU has. So quad-octa and 4K are not at all related.

Now regarding overkill, no we have not reached overkill yet. As we get faster, the programs will become heavier. I have seen a moto G go to a crawl under load. And put a 1080p at an SD 400 and let the humiliation begin. Regarding nexus 5 smoking 5x, that's a very complex answer( it's related to power gating in heterogenous processing v/s hot plugging). All in all, the 5x struggles to keep the frame rate in check. And the SD 400 is definitely behind on the GPU. plus it is not nearly as efficient.

Remember, a faster processor is more efficient at low loads. So we will never reach saturation as efficiently can always be improved.

Remember that a 20 MHz processor and 128 MB RAM was overkill in 90's. But programs evolve, they require more complex tasks, more memory, more speed and hence more power. Soon we can have MSAA in phones. We can have Gaussian blur and similar effects everywhere, we can have 120 Hz phones.

Processing is never overkill or saturated. Heavier applications will come and put that professor to use. Sure, a nexus 5 can handle simple stock android UI with ease, but run some heavy game on I or use something while installing an app, and it will lag.

And even if it is overkill, a newer faster processor will bring new goodies like slow-mo and at least better battery life.

4K on the other hand is useless beyond and offers absolutely no advantage.

BTW I use an S6 and calling me isheep is a big mistake from your part. I don't even like iPhones lol.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 14:32

61. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


We are talking about the entire chipset, which includes the GPU dummy.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 14:46

62. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


I heard the Nexus 5x gets owned by the Nexus 5 because of Android security mode. Whether or not that is true, I don't really care. All I care about is the fact that an old processor can run current operating systems and FHD easily. 4K is not going to hurt except make some of these new super processors work.

All I care about is that 4K may not be necessary, but it's nice. I don't want manufacturers charging us 4K prices for FHD displays like they will if we settle. Similar to how Apple profits from itards settling for 750p displays.

Oh and I am not calling you an ifan. I said your reading comprehension level is equivalent to an itard. Lol

4K offers plenty of advantages and honestly you haven't convinced me or anyone that these old processors are not good enough for FHD. So just stop.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 16:26

63. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Summarized. 4K displays are about as necessary as 4K video, slow mo video, and heavier applications. Meaning they are not necessary but nice to have.

Which means a high end processor isn't necessary either but it doesn't mean we should settle for FHD or less. Who gives a s**t. Just take it since we pay manufacturers for these things regardless.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 13:32

60. Ruturaj (Posts: 1329; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)


Just a simple query, why do you think quad core is overkill?

Because just the number 4 > 2 and dual (wide) cores are sufficient

or

4 core produces too much CPU power which is not utilized? And 1/2 of that CPU power is sufficient?

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 23:47 1

27. medtxa (Posts: 1133; Member since: 02 Jun 2014)


Overkill i think. i'd choose QHD even if they offered to me the same price. Or even FHD if its cheaper.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 06:51

41. hogey74 (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2015)


(Hand on heart) horsepower is our friend. More horse power just means more friends.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 20:57

10. Obie-Wan (Posts: 86; Member since: 24 May 2012)


IKR..., it's the other way around when someone esle do it, overkill etc.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 20:58 1

11. ibend (Posts: 4577; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


its about time for VR era, 4k screen paired with overkill GPU, and not so great battery life

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 22:26 1

21. chenski (Posts: 409; Member since: 22 Mar 2015)


I dont get it as well, when Sony released 4k display everyone was like zomg overkill but when Samsung does the same thing its awesome. This site ia turning into Samsung arena

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 09:17 2

49. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


It was overkill as it was running on an 810 with crap Gpu, then We all find out it's just in apps that Sony included, that you not going to use anyways, then you also got a 4K screen that not going to be used 98% of the time.

This will be Samsung 4K test phone like they did with the s5 and 2k
With a Gpu that can deal with 4K, then it will go into the note 6

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 09:19 1

50. j2001m (Posts: 2941; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


It is now clear that the note 6 will use the 14core Gpu and 4K, so this is good and we now get the spec that the note 6 will have

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 22:53 7

23. ph00ny (Posts: 1234; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Since they're pushing hard on VR experience, it sorta makes sense

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 05:34 3

38. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)


Definitly. Even as a Samsung user, this is super/hyper overkill. Absolutely no need for 4k in phones. People may say about VR, but VR is not mainstream as yet.
Even at 2K, you are pushing it. Though some people might say they see some advantage going from FHD -> QHD. But QHD is the max, and to be fair FHD is enough for 90% of population.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 06:59 2

42. bur60 (Posts: 847; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


It's Sammy not Sony, so suddenly it's not overkill duh.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 20:53 3

7. enzotarece (Posts: 74; Member since: 14 Aug 2013)


Samsung will never stop follow Sony has a phone brand premium Samsung want one to sigh

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 20:53

8. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Looks like I spoke too soon when I said I was going to pass on the GS7. Lol

I wonder if it will be amoled or led. I don't think they have many 4k Oled TV's. I know LG has one but I think most Samsung 4k TV's are led.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 04:38 1

34. UglyFrank (Posts: 1649; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I think Samsung decied to scaled back on OLED TVs because LG had the majority of that market, that's why they are using quantum dots/SUHD

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 20:59 1

12. Obie-Wan (Posts: 86; Member since: 24 May 2012)


Looks like a certain underrated smartphone line just got a follower, again.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 21:00 3

13. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Samsung should experiment with the quantum dot tech they use in their flagship 4k TV's. They look sick.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 21:18 1

14. prashant1707 (Posts: 83; Member since: 13 Nov 2015)


hey what i think that the specs of
samsung galaxy s7 would most probably
be: 5.2 inch quad hd screen, 18-20mp of
camera with 2 variants: one being
sony's IMX300 and another being
samsung's own isocell camera, retaining
the same dimensions with slight
increase in height and width by 1mm
and of course thickness to be around
6.3-6.6, battery capacity to be around
2800-2900mah and most importantly
with 2 variants of processors i.e one
with snapdragon 820 and other with
samsung's own exynos processor 8890.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 21:19 2

15. TechieXP1969 (limited) (Posts: 10115; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Wow. Such a phone would shut up everyone I hope.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 21:19 3

16. galanoth (Posts: 425; Member since: 26 Nov 2011)


This should look good with VR

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 21:55 2

17. miket1737 (Posts: 2541; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


Would be fantastic...... BUT.... Id feel jipped out as a Samsung costumer... Why, is the unannounced S7 already "premium" compared to other "s7 models" ... Idk just saying. Of course id go for the 4K S7....

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 23:06 4

24. nodes (Posts: 725; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


because Xperia Z5 Premium.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 01:01 1

32. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Well Korean rumoured release only. They have done this many times before.

The QHD GS5 LTE with the SD805 for example. Or the Tab S LTE Korean version with the same Exynos as the Note 4 and Tab S2.

They just like being the first for everything even before its ready to be mass manufactured.

They were probably pissed that Sony jumped the gun in 4K before they could. Lol and this is why I can't understand how anyone can dislike Samsung, they go all out every single time.

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 22:16 6

19. hanabi (Posts: 177; Member since: 08 Oct 2015)


Samsung needs 4k for vr gear unlike sony ..

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 00:50 4

30. mixedfish (Posts: 1177; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Yes because only Samsung has access to Google VR.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 06:35 1

39. DBounce (Posts: 149; Member since: 26 Apr 2014)


I don't see sony producing a VR headset unlike samsung. If they did 4k would make prefect sense on their handset.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 07:00

43. bur60 (Posts: 847; Member since: 07 Jul 2014)


They might be working on it, also google cardboard exists

posted on 13 Nov 2015, 22:20 1

20. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


RIP battery life. Good thing quickcharge 3.0?

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 00:30

28. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 2054; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


i thought their flagships are premium,guess not.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 12:47

57. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


One is premium and one is ultra premium.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 00:40

29. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 294; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


:D awesome

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 04:51

35. bodzio1809 (Posts: 356; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


If am not wrong AMOLED screens take the same power or even less with higher resolutions. So only CPU and mostly GPU have a lot more work. Samsung already made app that allow to choose resolution etc. in games. If they will allow to choose resolution of UI i want 4K and even more.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 05:17

36. alex3run (Posts: 713; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Relax, guys, that seems to be a typo. There is a very high possibility that the author of the post ment "12 cores" because the E8890 with 14 GPU corrs would likely have been named "8892" or so.

posted on 14 Nov 2015, 05:24

37. T-rex (unregistered)


I wonder what phonearena will say now about 4K displays :-/

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