Samsung begins sampling the Exynos 5250, mass production kicks off in Q2 2012
Samsung reported rock solid quarterly results, but still couldn’t beat Apple’s historic smartphone sales. It has some exciting chips in the pipeline, though, and the one we’re most excited about is the Samsung Exynos 5250 which Samsung says has already begun sampling with mass production expected to kick off in the second quarter of 2012.
The chipset comes with a dual-core Cortex-A15 setup with each of the cores clocked at 2.0GHz. The Cortex-A15 is a huge leap over the A9, and Samsung claims it will double its performance and possibly outdo even existing quad-core chips. The new chip supports screens with resolution of up to the staggering 2560 x 1600 pixels (WQXGA).
It also boosts the graphics with four times better performing graphical unit, but when it comes to the GPU there are little details. ARM’s new Mali T-604 is one possible candidate, as the previous Exynos 4210 features the Mali 400, while the Hummingbird was bundled with PowerVR SGX540 GPU.
The Samsung executive who confirmed that the company is right on track with the chips, mentioned that they’re first expected to land on tablets, and only then on smartphones.