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

63. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i wonder what will intel gonna do to there smartphone chips... btw... why is qualcomm not there? same goes to MediaTek... i thought qualcomm is also ARM base...or they are not making A15 ARM... MediaTek is too cheap to be there? oh come on..

57. TimTebow

Posts: 70; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

This should have been in the S3 already

54. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

53. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

About time that they send out some news. They've been working on this for a while, and I'm actually a bit disappointed that they didn't include this in the US variant of the GS3 and the Galaxy Tab 2 7 & Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. It would be nice to see it come out in the Note 2.

55. jinwons

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 24, 2010

They couldn't do that because LTE radio for Exynos 5 was not ready for US carriers yet. Not sure Note 2 will have this, but I'm certain Exynos 5 with LTE is coming in their flagship phones early next year.

48. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

This is a tech geek's dream come true.

52. Nokia-Arte

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Omg just imagine this on the S4, with Quad-core, withalong Quad-core overclock 477mhz graphics.

36. rockstarlive

Posts: 307; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Galaxy S4.

28. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Now this is what I call innovation, a company that makes something from their own hands, not bought and calling it their own *patenting *cough *Apple *cough, this is what I want to see from Apple, come on Apple, give us some originality like what Samsung is doing even it's just once *lol :)

25. khmer

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Exynos 5250 is 20 nm because the new internal 64 Gb memory chip is 20 nm and 2 Gb RAM are in used by Galaxy S3. Apple will stay away from Samsung components in the future because Apple wanted to destroy Samsung phones and tablets by their crazy Patent Wars "the look and feel".

16. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Android ecosystem is far from ready for such screen resolutions. It will make developers even less willing to bother with it. Heck, just look what's going on with the latest MacBook pro. They should stick to full hd and up to 10inch screens. It's enough and would make developing apps incomparably easier.

21. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

To those who thumb down without the brains to formulate a decent reply, I ask - would you rather have a FULL HD tablet with plenty of supported apps that look great on it, or a pumped up screen with huge compatibility issues?

31. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Your question is out of place. Most people would like to have a pumped up screen WITH plenty of supported apps. That Android ecosystem is not ready of such a resolution is just a personal opinion. That's why you got the thumbs down. I personally think that someone has to be the first to put a higher resolution even if there are no apps for it. Then when there are devices with it the applications will come. If you don't start with the devices you'll never get the applications there (ask yourself: where there any applications for the iPad 3 resolution at first? NO). Second: that the chip ALLOWS such a resolution doesn't mean that they are going to use it. They can use the SoC with a lower resolution too. So your claim makes about if Android is ready or not makes actually little sense. Do you still wonder why you got the thumbs down? For posting without thinking.

32. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

you do realize that no apps natively supported the new ipad when it came out right? your barking out of both sides of your body.

34. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Also, most consumers couldnt tell the difference between the ipad2 and the ipad3 when looking at the screen. So your pro-apple rant about resolution is even more flat.

38. Nokia-Arte

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

If Apple was smart and uped the ppi to 400, then u can tell a major difference! But they chose 250ppi.

39. Nokia-Arte

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

He was telling, talking the truth, wisely, but why the thumbs down everyone.....?

44. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

no he isnt actually the diff between android and iOS is that ALL android apps have a native feature that allows them to auto adjust to any resolution as well as properly zoom if need to. How do you think that any app is compatible across the wide range of android devices and tablets? iOS has no such feature and each resolution has to be individually added by the developer. Thats also why there is the false cry about "lacking android tablet apps" compared to iOS. Technically like 99% of all Android apps are already compatible because of that aforementioned feature. They dont need a special "for tablets" separate section/app like you have with iOS. One app does both tablets and phones. Like everything there is a +/-. Apps are almost always auto compatible, but not all apps take up good use of the larger screens. Good app devs will go in and have it redraw to take better use of higher resolutions, but that is up to the dev. With apple, since tablet apps are seperate from phone apps, they have to be designed for the larger screen in mind, which is why they mostly seem to look nicer. Of course, I have yet to run into too many android apps on my tablet that DONT take advantage of the higher resolutions. That was more of an initial launch issue.

51. ObjectivismFTW

Posts: 211; Member since: Jul 03, 2012

hahah doublehammer I would step in, but it looks like you've got the situation handled

59. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Alright..glad to say, I stand corrected then :)

60. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Absolutely. Glad to help. :)

64. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

now how comes you never are thankful whenever I try to give you correct information? That hurts me deep man... deep!

15. maryaaadil

Posts: 146; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

What about benchmarks............?

10. Adithya7184 unregistered

Now, this is called Innovation....dear Apple, learn from Samsung rather suing them...!!!LOL!!!

17. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree, but it is more about ARM than Samsung. :)

35. doublehammer

Posts: 75; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

its both. One supplies the base designs and requirements to be called A15, and the other tweaks the snot out of it to make it faster than anyone else.

43. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

ARM creates whole CPU architecture and Samsung implements that CPU architecture into SoC, that's it. ;)

8. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

I know why they make it dual core a15 instead quad core a15 Because if they make it quad they can't improve

7. wsker

Posts: 24; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Mr.McMahon started the video.

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.

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