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Dual-core Samsung Exynos 4212 gets announced, ticks at 1.5GHz, packs a faster GPU

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Dual-core Samsung Exynos 4212 gets announced, ticks at 1.5GHz, packs a faster GPU
The latest member of the Exynos SoC family has just been announced at the Samsung Mobile Solutions Forum, which the company hosted in Taipei yesterday. Unveiled was the dual-core Samsung Exynos 4212, which is to succeed the 4210 chip that powers the manufacturer's current flagship smartphone, the Samsung GALAXY S II, and its respective AT&T and Sprint models.

What makes the Samsung Exynos 4212 better than its predecessor is that it ticks at 1.5GHz rather than the 1.2GHz that the 4210 is clocked at. Another step up is that it is built using a 32-nanometer process, which results in a 30% gain in power efficiency. In comparison, the Exynos 4210 was built using a 45-nanometer process. Last but not least, the 4212 packs a new graphics core, which should deliver up to 50% faster rendering of 3D graphics.

While rumor has it that the Samsung Exynos 4212 might power the Google Nexus Prime, select third party companies will be also given the chance to test the chip for use in their own smartphones or tablets. The privileged manufacturers will be provided with test samples within the fourth quarter of 2011.


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