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All hail the eight cores! Samsung announces Exynos 5 Octa mobile processor

0. phoneArena posted on 09 Jan 2013, 11:44

The latest member of the 5-series has been done with frugality/performance ratio in mind, as the chief of Samsung Electronics Stephen Woo admitted that the task to up performance while decreasing power consumption has been the one bothering him, and keeping him awake at night...

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posted on 10 Jan 2013, 08:04

144. richardyarrell2011 (banned) (Posts: 510; Member since: 16 Mar 2011)

The funny part is Samsung is the creator of the drawing board. What's discussed and shown today won't be discussed and shown 6 months from now. Samsung is the industry leader in this space for a reason. They never rest on there laurels that's why they are innovative.

posted on 11 Jan 2013, 19:34

154. Hunt3rj2 (Posts: 396; Member since: 11 Nov 2011)

Samsung doesn't create the drawing board, not when their chipsets are still using CPU cores licensed from ARM, and also license their GPU cores from ARM or PowerVR.

The "competition" is pretty much just Qualcomm in the phone space, and Samsung most certainly won't sell Exynos to OEMs that Samsung Mobile competes with.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 11:59 3

7. Tre-Nitty (Posts: 470; Member since: 16 Nov 2010)

No it didn't, no one cares beyond phonearena! You think a 30 year old woman is walking around talking how many cores her phone has? You dont think other companies can do this? Smh

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:11 4

20. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

Exactly! Same reason why Apple is releasing a iphone 5s/cheaper model with the same OS. People don't care and Apple knows they have a huge following.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:11 16

21. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

The man who pays for her gadgets cares haha.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:14 6

23. moronman66 (Posts: 162; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)

Unfortunately, the number of cores is more of a marketing point now, you don't really need a quad-core processor (granted, I would absolutely looooove having one, for the somewhat future-proofing aspect of it), and this octa-core processor is excessive, but it's increasing the possibilities of the mobile industry. Onwards, my increasingly smaller and more powerful processors, use less power and do more stuff for me!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 22:04 1

117. joey_sfb (Posts: 6553; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

In term of processing speed no amount could be deem excessive. Some expert ever deem that an average person would never need anything more than a 386 processor. Now you are saying the exact same conclusion.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:21

25. mick25 (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Saying the average consumer doesn't care about how many cores the processor has is like saying the average consumer isn't enticed by Apple's "retina display" buzzword.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 11:59 2

8. smallworld (Posts: 499; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

Pretty much useless.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:03 12

12. sbr999 (Posts: 79; Member since: 05 Jun 2012)

Your comment is useless. Innovation is ALWAYS good. If it was after people like you, we'd still have phones with 1024 kb memory for photos and ringtones.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:50 1

48. smallworld (Posts: 499; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)

I mean on a phone or tablet.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:38

102. belovedson (Posts: 1052; Member since: 30 Nov 2010)

It's a matter of when phones with have resolutions as close to perfect as possible. I the higher red will require higher end cpu/guys. Also the recent updates to gs3 and note hint towards multi app multi Window operating os's which will push the device further.
There are endless amount of possibilities.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:00 1

9. cncrim (Posts: 905; Member since: 15 Aug 2011)

WEeeeeee, but will be there any developer devote time to optimized app for this kind power?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:00 4

10. Jyakotu (Posts: 852; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)

Not to be a Debby Downer, but do phones or tablets really need 8 cores?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:08 5

17. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

They do if they want to continue to bridge the gap between mobile devices and fully-fledged PCs.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:05

13. jibraihimi (Posts: 769; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

Hope sammy is in better position to optimize, this Octo core processor with Android, and this don't give out problems like Nvidia's Tegra three where fifth core was mostly doing all the working, and other four cores, doesn't wake up from sleep when they were needed more......... But I have high hopes from samsung, as they do the optimizations better than other OEM's and give goof user experience.......... Now waiting for Galaxy S4 and Note 3..........

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:10

18. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Well, only goofy people would want a goof user experience, but I can see what you're getting at.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 13:23

63. jibraihimi (Posts: 769; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

Hahahaha........ I wrote 'good user experience', but hell with this autocorrect, they always goof up.......... :)

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:07 1

15. lallolu (Posts: 553; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)

Soc manufacturers are always lying about the power consumption. They are always talking about 70% - 90% less power consumption which has not materialised up till now. If an soc like samsung's is really as power frugal as they claim then 1000mah up time battery will be equivalent to more than that of 3000mah.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:26 1

30. mick25 (banned) (Posts: 110; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)

Looks like we have an armchair engineer here.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:32 3

33. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

all claims are on theoretical limits based on whatever comparison they are making. You need to read into the details of the comparison. However, they are rarely "lies". In a blank world, CPU to CPU the consumption ratios are probably quite true. However when you add OS's, bloatware, and most of all, the end user to the equation consumption ratios flux quite rapidly.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:40 2

39. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

they are not lying its not as simple as hey ifs its 70% battery friwmdly then you will get longer battery...you need to take into account that 1080p screens draw much more energy casue it needs to push more pixels aswel as larger screens = more backlight needed...so when these companies say its 70% more efficemt it means you will see same or similar battery life with newer techs such as 1080p... i can bet that a 1080p screen on the s3 will destroy the battery life where as a 1080p screen with thia new core will give you the same battery as the s3 which has a 720p...now i bet if the s3 with 720p screen was using this new core then you will see improvments in battery life as you will be using 720p screena that need less battery with a new soc that is more efficient

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 13:01 4

54. tedkord (Posts: 13894; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Stop it, Samsung said it so it must be a lie. Quit trying to defend Samsung by throwing out facts and information, we're not falling for your tricks.

Oooooh. Wait a minute. Apple is announcing that their new processors are 70-90% more power efficient. iNnovation!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:08 1

16. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

Why can't they just underclock the A15 like PCs underclock CPUs?

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 16:29

94. tedkord (Posts: 13894; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

They do. Install CPU Spy and you can see that the CPUs are throttled. The governor installed will control this. They don't run at full speed all the time.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:10 1

19. legend1 (Posts: 104; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)

wow.. things r really heating up!!

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:12

22. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

Finally. The past month has been the slowest in mobile news that I can remember.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:22 5

26. jove39 (Posts: 1969; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

That is amazing...exynos5 will rule 2013

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:23 4

27. dakalter (Posts: 5; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)

I don't know why this hasn't been pointed out yet but the processor NEVER runs off of all 8 cores. its a quad core processor with a quadcore co-processor for low power tasks. so in effect it is not a octocore processor in the performance point of view only in the literal "there are 8 cores" point of view. this is purely for drawing less power.

posted on 09 Jan 2013, 12:26

29. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

well damn, the SoC's of this year are making the progress made with last year's SoC's look like nothing. o:

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