First look at Samsung Orion ARM Cortex-A9
To illustrate how much of a game-changer this might be, let's look at some numbers. CPU-wise most top-end smartphones like the iPhone 4 use Cortex-A8 CPU clocked at around 1GHz which, we found running pretty fast. Now, Cortex-A9 sports some new features for an ARM processor like out-of-order executions and two core units. Orion tops the cake with clock speed of up to 2GHz and the GPU power of Mali-400. For even more insight read our initial impressions here.
Actually the news does not end here. ARM just introduced the next-gen Mali-T604 embedded GPU, which promises two to five times better performance over Mali-400. Open CL and DirectX are all supported and it is set to come out along with the ARM Cortex-A15 "Eagle" CPU in the bright, bright future. That's when we start dreaming about Crysis-like graphics. Impressive? Now think battery life if you got too excited and don't forget to comment.