Samsung Exynos 5 Dual aims to be the first Cortex A15-based processor, shoots for higher heights in mobile graphics, memory performance

Samsung Exynos 5 Dual aims to be the first Cortex A15-based processor, shoots for higher heights in mobile graphics, memory performance
We’ve already heard about the Samsung Exynos 5 series of chips, but now Samsung has posted a whitepaper for the Samsung Exynos 5250, now referred to as the Exynos 5 Dual, and there’s plenty of excitement around it.

The Exynos 5 Dual will be the first Cortex A15-based chip and it’s coming later this year. We expect it to first arrive on tablets like the rumored 11.8-inch Samsung tablet.

Cortex A15 is a brand new architecture and this means drastic improvement in performance. With that comes the capability to easily power devices with high count of pixels and we expect it to bring us the first Android tablets with screen resolution of 2560x1600.

Here’s a breakdown of its different specs and features:

  • Dual-core 1.7 Ghz Cortex A15 CPU 
  • Mali T604 GPU 
  • OpenGL ES 3.0 
  • OpenCL 1.1 full profile 
  • Support for WXQGA displays 
  • Wi-Fi display support 
  • 12.8 GB/s memory bandwidth with 2 port 800 Mhz LPDDR3 RAM support 
  • 1080p 60 FPS video performance and VP8 codec decoder 
  • USB 3.0 support 


This new Exynos 5250 is really pushing the envelope in not only processing power with its 1.7GHz dual-core chip, but also in graphical performance with the Mali T604. This graphical chip is the first one designed and based on the Midgard architecture, so it has unified shaders, OpenGL ES 3.0 and OpenCL 1.1 full profile support.

There is a ton more information in the whitepaper below, so make sure to check it out.

source: Samsung Whitepaper (PDF) via Android Authority

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64 Comments

1. hateftotti

Posts: 231; Member since: May 03, 2011

Bye Bye ipad ... Hope to see it on Note 2 and next Samsung tablet ;)

18. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

still waiting for Apple's A6 Cortex A15 processor, no matter it is still fabricated by samsung

23. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

No doubt this will be a bad to the bone setup but as expected we get better as time goes on and dont think for a second that apple wont be getting the best of the best chip designs.

24. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

if it was only quad core :P

29. Nokia-Arte

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

It more than enough power needed, cause once you root this you can overclock this to 2.5, which in same as a Intel 3....

58. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Bye bye Ms. American pie... Sorry, couldn't help it.

62. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

samsung still make the processor of iPad...like sammy said.. they cant let go on apple because they are the biggest costumer on samsung... you can say good bye to iPad.. but you are not the target maket of the iPad... not these obssess android people!

2. Eraser112

Posts: 10; Member since: May 29, 2012

This isn´t the first A15-based CPU, think about the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Series.

5. Srinivas

Posts: 17; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

Snapdragon S4 uses A9 cortex only but it is based on a 28nm technology which is more efficient than 32 nm technology of exynos 4412 . There is not comparison between a cortex A9 and cortex A15 .

9. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

wrong, S4 uses A15 architecture

11. MeoCao unregistered

S4 uses Krait architecture similar to A15 but not A15.

22. asifisbest

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

Yes, just referred Wiki and AnandTech. S4 uses a Krait core which is a modified version of A9 but its performance is comparable to A15. But architecturally, A15 is a bit better than Krait. I think Exynos will be the best A15 based SoC.

26. MeoCao unregistered

This is understandable. A15 came out nearly a year after Krait but still can't have a substantive improvement and that means Qualcomm has done a terrific job.

56. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 553; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Krait architecture is a carbon copy of ARM Cortex-A15.copycat.........lol...................

27. AeroPrime

Posts: 175; Member since: Feb 21, 2011

Qualcomm chips are outstanding ... no offense to samsung but it really does....in terms of thermal and performance, it feels a lot more efficient .... This is why windows phone is so smooth.... MS really knows how to choose a manufacturer.

41. ph00ny

Posts: 2052; Member since: May 26, 2011

I will take 32nm HKMG over 28nm polysi any day of the week. Who cares about half nodes. Even Intel skipped it all together

45. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

technically the 32nm HKMG is more efficient than kraits 28nm process, which is why exynos achieves more power and battery savings than krait. Its not all about its size (which is important), its also about HOW its made. Qualcomm likes to "go their own way" with their chips. Good for them.. unfortunately none of their designs have yet to be top in class... or even close to top in class. So unless they can get better than ARM at chip design, then need to just knock it off and modify ARM designs like everyone else does.

13. Lawliet

Posts: 160; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

The S4 core is Krait, which is similar in performance to A15, but the architecture is somewhat different

33. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

S4 Krait is "A15 like" according to qualcom, however it performs NOTHING like an A15. It doesnt even perform like the A9 exynos 4212/4412. If it performed like an A15 at all, it would be at the top of the performance pile, not fighting for last place. The Krait Pro has a chance of being better than the current crop of super powered A9's, but its easily outclassed by this TRUE A15, and I'd bet money that it will be outclassed by every true A15 that follows.

61. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

what is this dude talkin about.......last place??

3. Mube1

Posts: 153; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

King of hardware samsung

19. dickwyn

Posts: 621; Member since: May 07, 2012

can't wait to see the performance of it

20. smartphonemad

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 10, 2012

Struggling to see why you got a thumb down for that comment :L

47. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Clicked by accident!

49. Nokia-Arte

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

I was thinking of that 2.....

4. TheLibertine

Posts: 484; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Rather "Hi 4. Generation iPad with Cortex A15." Why Should Apple not go with the time? Then, a 15-hour battery life would be possible.

50. Nokia-Arte

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Whenever you post, you always get thumbed down.....!

6. asifisbest

Posts: 5; Member since: Jan 12, 2012

It is not the first SoC based on ARM Cortex A15 architecture. Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 is the first one using ARM Cortex A15 CPU cores.

12. p0rkguy

Posts: 685; Member since: Nov 23, 2010

It's A9, like A15.

37. Nokia-Arte

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Right.

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