Pixel pushin' - here are the ARM Mali GPUs that will go into your next Galaxy

Pixel pushin' - here are the ARM Mali GPUs that will go into your next Galaxy
The Mali series of GPUs is ARM's complete multimedia solution for "system on a chip" type platforms embedded in smartphones, tablets, and SmartTVs. ARM splits its GPU lineup in two tiers, Cost Efficient and Performance Efficient. High quality graphics are a goal for both, but cost-efficient units try to make the most out of a small die area and target low to mid-range devices. Performance-efficient units are designed to bring the highest performance levels to premium devices while maintaining energy efficiency.

Another advantage of Mali GPUs are their ARM architecture benefits. They integrate easily with the ubiquitous ARM cores and image signal processors found in most mobile SoCs, and they benefit from a pre-optimized software stack and bandwidth savings between the different components. Each processor's Android driver works efficiently with other ARM drivers out of the box, which greatly eases manufacturers when it comes down to optimizing, updating, or even putting together a processing platform.

According to ARM's data, Mali GPUs are found in over 50% of Android tablets, and over 20% of Android smartphones. Although this data is probably a little outdated, as keeping up with mobile device growth is no easy task for data specialists, it is representative of Mali GPUs' popularity.

Samsung has been a client of ARM's GPU division for its Android-running products at least since the Galaxy SII era. Although Samsung kept employing Qualcomm SoCs for its flagship Galaxy S3, S4, and S5 smartphones, it's made good use of Mali GPUs for mid-rangers such as the Galaxy S5 Mini, and entrusted the Mali-T760 GPU for its 2015 flagship phone, the Galaxy S6. The healthy Samsung-ARM partnership is set to continue over the next five years, as the two companies signed a huge licensing deal. The agreement entitles Samsung to ARM's current Mali T-800 series of graphics chips, as well as upcoming GPU designs that the chip designers are yet to announce.

In this article, we'll have a brief look at the ARM Mali T-800 series of GPUs that will probably end up in Samsung's upcoming smartphones and tablets across the three price ranges. The T-800 series comprise the Mali-T820 and Mali-T830 at the cost-efficient end, and the Mali-T860 and Mali-T880 at the performance end. Needless to say, ARM's latest developments are full of graphics potential, so let's dive right into the stuff!


source: ARM

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16 Comments

1. TheStanleyFTW

Posts: 252; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

Mali T-880 in Note 5 or S7?

5. waddup121 unregistered

I'm good im good im good im good!

7. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

We all want T880. But Better say this to Samsung not PA.

2. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

880 in note 5 please.

3. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Shipping in 2016........ note 5 released in 2015..... so doubtful

6. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

Yep. Most likely the s7

14. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

huawei can do it in kirin 950 then why not Samsung?

4. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Mali T860MP12 would have been a good config for Note 5.

8. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Why not T860-16? it'll be better suited for 2k screen.

9. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Don't you realize the amount of heat which such GPU will produce?

10. alaw.14

Posts: 427; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Yeah, it will be better suiter for a 2k screen on a tablet that is much bigger in size for more space and better heat dissipation. Also a bigger battery to feed off of. Samsung should be this in there next note tablet line.

11. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

The tablet form factor itself won't give dramatically better heat dissipation characteristics. On 14 Nm the MP16 config of Mali T860 is possible only with active cooling system.

15. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

thats over kill for 2k, and note 5 is coming with an 4k screen

12. obedchuni

Posts: 338; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

Playing games will be awful on next Samsung flagship device as S6 also lags heavily while playing GTA San Andreas and that goddamn black bars really piss me off, also arms Mali is not optimized like adreno and power vr, and using that same GPU will be s**t, Samsung pls implement proper GPU for our fan.

13. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Try this game on Adreno and then compare with your GS6. Maybe 15 fps on Adreno will make you stop complaining. PowerVR is the fastest in GTA but also with lower graphics.

16. jalebi2000

Posts: 181; Member since: Mar 01, 2015

s6 cpu has a mali gpu, and it outdoes the adreno 420 and adreno 430

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