Android dev finds references to device with Samsung's A15 Exynos 5250 processor in Google's own Git repo

Android dev finds references to device with Samsung's A15 Exynos 5250 processor in Google's own Git repo
The popular Android developer Adam Green uncovered pieces of code in Google's own Git repository, that reference a Samsung device with Exynos 5250 and 1280x800 pixels of resolution. The component numbers are referenced as mali gpu (vithar), s5k4e5 camera, s5k6a3 camera, wm8994 sound soc and aS6E8AB0 display. 

Vithar is the internal name of the ARM Mali T-604 GPU, which is in Exynos 5250, and has 5 times the graphics prowess of Mali-400 in the Galaxy S II, for example. And the camera? That S5K4E5 is a ¼” optical format, 5MP image sensor for mobile devices - Samsung's first backside illumination (BSI) sensor with TSV technology.  As for the sound - "the WM8994 is a highly integrated ultra-low power hi-fi CODEC designed for smartphones and other portable devices rich in multimedia features", says Wolfson, whose audio chip is in some of the Galaxy line.

Now Exynos 5250 is a poweful Cortex-A15 generation chip, which Samsung itself states is meant for tablets in its first version, and we saw it powering some insane screen resolution at CES. So far, however, it's been common knowledge that Asus will probably be the one building a Google Nexus tablet device, based on many rumors, and the fact that the company makes some of the bestselling Android slates.

Moreover, that 1280x800 resolution is now mid-range, after a few companies announced slates with Full HD resolution, but let's not forget that the Nexus tablet is meant to be very affordable, too. So, if this upcoming device, that will probably be the poster child of the new Android 5 Jelly Bean, carries Exynos 5250, it is very likely to be a tablet (still Asus made?), although we also heard rumors that Samsung will be making this year's Nexus phone as well, and the resolution is certainly more akin to a high-end phone

Long story short, we are still on the fence what it would be, but in any case we might know more come Google's I/O conference the end of next month. The sheer fact that we might witness the announcement of the first Cortex-A15 Android device is enough for us, be it a phone or a tablet.

source: SamMobile



1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 555; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

i think so it is galaxy note 2 with exynos 5250 processor

5. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

the next note should have at least a 1080p or a 1440p. 800p is last year's note. --- but this note idea makes sense. orrr! Asus and Samsung helped each other in making the Nexus Tablet, makes sense since Samsung tablets are not so good in specs (yet) and this may be their entrance. Google Nexus Transformer Note. Lol.

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I was assuming we would see the 5250 in the Note2. Wont be too long now to find out. The second part didnt make any sense. your saying samsung tablets are not so good in specs, so they should team up with Asus.. while giving Asus their A15 hardware? Asus is like HTC, they just put together components from elsewhere.. Samsung parts are mostly internal designs.

10. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Haha, I was actually dreaming on that one, though it's not impossible that Google chooses two manufacturers. I actually want Motorola, Samsung, LG and HTC to work together on the next Nexus phone - my dream phone. --- Samsung makes great hardware, and Asus innovates. That's what, IMO, makes them sell. ---

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I agree with you. Asus does make a better tablet than Samsung, it would be an awesome combination, even though it will never happen. Hey can't fault you for wishful thinking! lol To me the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will be the top shelf phone from Samsung. To me the Samsung Galaxy S III is a disappointment because they STILL can't get an Exynos to play well with LTE in the U.S. You would think Samsung would have learned their lesson for last year’s U.S. imposters of the Samsung Galaxy S II but I guess not. To me this rumored HTC 5" tablet phone rumored to have a 28nm quad-core S4 Krait with the insanely beastly Adreno 320 & the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with its dual-core Exynos 5250 with the Mali T-604 are the only phones I am looking at this year! Those will be the beast phones for 2012 hands down. Let's see if these phones ever materialize in 2012.

9. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

Haha. Although I'm not sure about your decision waiting for those next gen phones, the 5" HTC monster is expected to come with the best specs and Sense 5.0, and the One X just released with Sense 4 = you're going to wait a long long time bro. :)

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You know what, I am fine on waiting. I can wait until late Q4 or even early Q1 of 2013. I know that is what I want & I am going to enjoy all this time I will have with my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. They just released a pre beta ROM for HTC's Sense 4. Also the new rage are these hybrid tablet ROM's. ParanoidAndroid ROM is so freaking sweet. So there is plenty of ROM's to keep me more than satisfied until those BEAST phones from HTC & Samsung come out. Plus let's not forget my Asus Transformer Prime, there is a lot happening there too.

11. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you can thank Qualcomm for its lock on american LTE for the radio nonsense. They are clutching whatever info on american LTE they can to keep the advantage. Id love to see a group collaboration for design and parts. None of the manufacturers have it "perfect" yet, as they all hold a piece of the pie. I doubt we would ever see such coolness, but its nice to dream.. lol

12. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i like what you said, they all have the pieces! Samsung and LG has the Screen and Exynos, Motorola has the build, the battery and other stuff while HTC has the best design and lately, the display too. Plus Jellybean! ohhhhhhh. People would be so amazed with this phone and I'm sure the sales would soar high, but the companies won't get too much profit off one phone though. Am I right?

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know what you mean, it's like Qualcomm has some special deal or something with U.S. LTE. I just wish we could have a real Samsung Exynos that does work with LTE, not Korean LTE but with U.S. LTE. Imagine having the ALL STARS of Android all collaborating into the perfect phone or tablet. Samsung for 1080p Super AMOLED Plus display & processors. Asus for their innovation like the Transformer series. HTC’s build quality. Motorola's battery. Qualcomm's LTE radios. Sony's Cybershot camera. Now Imagine what a sick phone or tablet that would be. lol

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

I'd buy it

2. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

I'm tired of Samsung...I want Nexus from HTC!

3. wendygarett unregistered

maybe they should give sony a chance :)

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

maybe those manufacturers should win the internal competitions then. All manufacturers submit designs and ideas to google for the nexus device and then google picks the best one. If samsung keeps winning, its because samsung keeps submitting the best stuff.

14. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

it's about more than internal specs. design, radios, and sound quality should all be weighed as well. personally I'd be very surprised if Samsung is awarded the next nexus. I'd love to see some differentiation there.

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they are all weighted. samsung wins. They have the strongest chips, strongest screens, they use the best Audio chips.. the only thing they dont win on is best design. They send google a full on design and prototype to be handled and judged. dont cry to samsung for continually winning, cry to the other manufacturers for continually losing. I wouldnt mind seeing someone else get it like LG or Moto, but they have to win to get the privilege. BTW, samsung was already confirmed for the next nexus.. again.

19. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

your fanboy is showing ;)

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i love how when people dont have anything of intelligence to say or an actual rebuttal to FACT, they claim "fanboy". There are some real fanboys on this site, go hound them.

25. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

hahaha, easy man. I was messing around, hence the wink face. Samsung is not tops in all departments, and it's not all about specs, that's all I was saying. in particular, their radios are not nearly as good as Motorola or HTC, and after all, this is a phone. I love my SGN, but the radio and battery life are very poor... two enormous factors when a customer chooses a phone. chill out.

26. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

besides, claiming Samsung is tops in everything as FACT shows me you are indeed a fanboy. sorry, I guess the truth can hurt sometimes.

29. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The radio in the nexus and the radio in the galaxy 1 and 2 are very different beasts. Dont ask me why, I dont know.. maybe it has something to do with the LTE solution used.. I have a very strong signal in my galaxy and most every customer I know that has an SGS2 comes in bragging that their phone works in places other customer's phones dont. In general, I do agree, many samsung phones have very weak antennas. Its not top in all departments, there is no such thing. But they are top in most of the big ones.. power, display, battery life, web optimizing, build quality, drop break resistance, ect. Their designs are OK.. and we already talked about signals. people like to confuse build quality with materials used.. which are not the same. The galaxy series is one hard to break set of phones, that is quality. Sorry if i seem agitated. I get sick of people throwing "fanboy" at me every moment that I dont agree with their wrong statments about some brand that THEY hold a little too close. I owe no allegiance to any brand.

24. Chronos

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

I completely agree. The Google Nexus series should be less of differentiating the manufacturers and more on the overall quality of the smartphones. Samsung is at the top when it comes to quality.

4. angelesmec unregistered


13. blinkdagger

Posts: 81; Member since: May 04, 2012

Samsung is very good with hardware, but can't say the same for software. Not many want to stick with stock touchwiz. Always need custom rom for better experience. And why the hell galaxy s doesn't get ics??? Only value pack updates? WTF! I'm pissed!!

21. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

That is supposed to change with the SGS3. They got XDA and cyanogen developers on staff now so its supposed to be a top tier performance now. I guess we will find out soon enough.

22. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Maybe because there is simply not enough room for the s1 and ICS update Some devs have made similar complaints when the GB roms were released and wasn't too surprising when Samsung announced their stance on ICS and SGS1

30. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

in order for XDA to get ICS on the SGS1 there had to be a secondary page file made for ICS to pull from. It also gives it an inherent limitation on the number of apps you can have on your phone and will crash and burn if you try to exceed it. That might have a little something to do with why samsung didnt update the SGS1. Of course, it could just be because most SGS1 owners are close to upgrade and they want them to get the SGS3.. pick your theory.

23. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Exynos 5x with SA Plus...think of next galaxy note.

27. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

dont know why but the nexus series is not the android flagship cause the last nexus was not as good as gs2 when gs2 got an update to ics

28. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

I would like 2 see the 5250 on the Note2. But since Samsung said it will be used on tabs at first. & Even though the screen is 5.3, I think Samsung still considers the Note a phone. Hope Samsung isn't going to waste the 5250 by using it in another 1280 × 800 tab.

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