Samsung Galaxy S7 Premium Edition rumored to have 14 core GPU and 4K display

Samsung Galaxy S7 Premium Edition rumored to have 14 core GPU and 4K display
According to a new rumor that circulated on Friday, a Samsung Galaxy S7 Premium Edition is being planned by Samsung, and will be offered only in South Korea. This super spec'd version of Sammy's flagship phone is said to feature a 4K display, and a dual-lens camera module made by Sony. At the heart of this Galaxy S7 Premium Edition is a different version of the Exynos 8890 chipset.

The Exynos 8890 SoC  is rumored to be the chip powering the Samsung Galaxy S7 in all markets other than the U.S. and China. In those two countries, the Snapdragon 820 SoC will be driving the phone. The graphics processor on the Exynos 8890 is the Mali-T880 with 12 cores. A second version of the Exynos 8890 for the Galaxy S7 Special Edition, reportedly comes with a version of the Mali-T880 with 14 cores. ARM has said that the graphics processor is scalable from 1 to as many as 16 cores, so this is not science fiction. 

The source of this rumor is a posting on a Weibo page. This means, as tasty a dish as such a phone would be, you need to take this rumor with a grain of salt.


Thanks for the tip!

source: Weibo via GforGames

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61 Comments

1. shinywindow unregistered

Krapple sux

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Thanks for the boner PA. *pulls out tissues*

44. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

How will apps/games utilise those 14 cores...?

64. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

As they use 8 cores. GPU can have thousands of cores running in parallel. Graphics task are easy to divide to perform in parallel.

48. g2a5b0e unregistered

Thank you for the very relevant comment. Your insight into this article has been invaluable.

2. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It would be good if Samsung would bring this GPU to their high end tablet, or perhaps a MP16 variant will be perfect.

3. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Why 14 then, 16 sounds better.

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Don't think that 14nm Finfet mfg. process doesn't have a limit. A MP16 variant will be too much for a smartphone chipset, but maybe it will fit perfectly for a tablet.

26. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Yep make sense, may be possible for when they move to 10nm.

6. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

No comments about 4K overkill? Hmm...

9. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Octa core CPUs are overkill in theory. Without 4k displays they would be sitting around scratching their octa assess, so might as well. It's more awesome than overkill.

18. shimanto1123

Posts: 105; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

Comment of the day!

22. TyrionLannister unregistered

Octa-core is made for power efficiency, smartass. A big.LITTLE octa core has basically only 4 cores which provide all the power. The other 4 provide almost no power and are for power saving while low usage.

25. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

The lannisters sent their regards. And also knowledge.

31. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

4 cores is still overkill and Samsung did release a code that allows all 8 cores to run at once because Apple and HTC fans were bitching about it not being a true Octacore. I am sure you remember that. Either way, the point stands. Everything is overkill, might as well have the 4K awesomeness and not let crooks like Apple give us 750p and charge us 4K prices anyways. I understand how big little works btw. Lol

33. TyrionLannister unregistered

4 cores ate overkill! ! Go back to 2005 kid. Android can easily manage 4 or even 8 threads easily. 'I understand how big little works BTW. Lol'- no you don't. Samsung released no code to make 8 cores work. There is no code to do that. S4 still runs only 4 cores at once as it uses cluster migration. HMP is enabled in recent implementation as it can enable any configuration to work. Earlier you only had 2 configurations: 4 little or 4 big, now you have 2^8 configurations and you can choose whichever works best best for maximum power saving. HMP can't be enabled with a software update. The chip must support it in hardware. If you knew how BIG LITTLE worked, I wouldn't have this conversation with you. BTW read this if you think quad or octa core is useless: http://www.androidauthority.com/exynos-7420-multitasking-multi-core-and-multiprocessing-637647/

40. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/samsungs-exynos-5-octa-will-be-able-to-use-all-eight-of-its-cores-in-q4/ http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2013/09/samsungs-exynos-5-octa-will-be-able-to-use-all-eight-of-its-cores-in-q4/ I understand how big little works. It's not hard fir crust sakes. 4 heavy lifting cores and 4 lower powered power saving cores. I didn't say it was useless tardy boy. I just said 4 cores is as much overkill as 4k is overkill. It really doesn't make a huge difference considering you have dualcore setups that run just fine like all the Apple iPhone chops, the Tegra k1 etc. Everything has diminishing returns including core count and singling out 4k is wrong. You understand what I am saying dwarf? Lol stop acting like some kind of itard who lacks reading comprehension. Worthless and overkill are two very different definitions. The point is that octa core is not needed to run Android flawlessly like the Tegra k1 has shown. Even the Nexus 10 has shown. The SD820 doesn't even need 8 so yeah the point stands. 4k is as overkill as quadcore is. Itards said Fhd is overkill when it's obviously not. 4k might be but so is everything else.

46. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Lol... The Android UI may go fast enough with dualcores but there are more heavy tasks than that...

47. TyrionLannister unregistered

That ars technica crap didn't turn out true. It was just a speciation. I owned a s4 i9500 and it used cluster migration. It couldn't be changed due to the cache incoherence bug in the 5410. You should read andreilux's thread on XDA. 2 cores of a K1 are as powerful as 4 cores of other chips. Same for iPhone. So if you're saying quad core is useless, then even dual core is useless as it produces same amount of power. Do you have an idea how powerful those dual core machines are. I end my discussion here, seeing how much your brain capacity is. Number of cores have no relation with overall speed. A single core I7 has equal or more power than octa core sd 615. That didn't make octa core overkill. If octa core is overkill, that single core I7 is overkill too. 4k is overkill, quad core may be overkill depending on the architecture inside. If it's a core like apple twister or Nvidia denier, then yes: a dual core can do the task. If it's a weak core, than 4 are necessary. Obviously you'll still not understand that given your reading comprehensive skills. So sorry but I won't further reply.

52. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Neither Apple's nor Nvidia's dualcores aren't as fast as quad A57-s.

54. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

I came back to say: I think Taters have learned his lesson...

58. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

No lessons learned except the dwar lacks reading comprehension. Let me just rephrase my original post so he finally gets it. I think he has been hanging out with itards too often or something. My original post that he threw hissy fits about. "Octa core CPUs are overkill in theory. Without 4k displays they would be sitting around scratching their octa assess, so might as well. It's more awesome than overkill." Reworded for itard level. All high end processors these days are overkil in theory. Without 4k displays, these new and powerful processors would be sitting around doing nothing or using their power saving cores most of the time. So might as well tax these new processors with 4k displays and make them work harder more often. 4k is more awesome and nice to have than overkill. If he still doesn't get it, then he never will after that.

56. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

"So if you're saying quad core is useless, then even dual core is useless as it produces same amount of power. " Are you that dense that you still don't understand? That's exactly what I am saying moron. Everything is overkill! Heck, you can probably find a scientist that says breathing air gives you cancer let alone that new studying singling out process meats, which we have been eating for years no consequences. Don't single out 4k resolution, almost everything has already reached a saturation point on smartphones, including processors. just look at the speediests that show the 2 year old Nexus 5 with the SD800 smoke the brand new Nexus 5x hexacore sd808. Or how the Moto G runs fine on an SD 400. Or how the most recent HTC A9 apparently runs great with a crapdragon 617. So basically I would take an overkill i5 or i7 with 4k over a under kill SD617 and Fhd any day of the week. All am I saying is if you have an i5 level processor, might as well tax it with 4k instead of under tax it with Fhd. So singling out 4k as overkill and ignoring everything else is f**king stupid. Understand now finally? Don't be a lack of reading comprehension isheep and read my posts again. They are perfectly valid.

59. TyrionLannister unregistered

I'm gonna reply considering the amount of stupid you're spreading. CPU has no relation with resolution. GPU has. So quad-octa and 4K are not at all related. Now regarding overkill, no we have not reached overkill yet. As we get faster, the programs will become heavier. I have seen a moto G go to a crawl under load. And put a 1080p at an SD 400 and let the humiliation begin. Regarding nexus 5 smoking 5x, that's a very complex answer( it's related to power gating in heterogenous processing v/s hot plugging). All in all, the 5x struggles to keep the frame rate in check. And the SD 400 is definitely behind on the GPU. plus it is not nearly as efficient. Remember, a faster processor is more efficient at low loads. So we will never reach saturation as efficiently can always be improved. Remember that a 20 MHz processor and 128 MB RAM was overkill in 90's. But programs evolve, they require more complex tasks, more memory, more speed and hence more power. Soon we can have MSAA in phones. We can have Gaussian blur and similar effects everywhere, we can have 120 Hz phones. Processing is never overkill or saturated. Heavier applications will come and put that professor to use. Sure, a nexus 5 can handle simple stock android UI with ease, but run some heavy game on I or use something while installing an app, and it will lag. And even if it is overkill, a newer faster processor will bring new goodies like slow-mo and at least better battery life. 4K on the other hand is useless beyond and offers absolutely no advantage. BTW I use an S6 and calling me isheep is a big mistake from your part. I don't even like iPhones lol.

61. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

We are talking about the entire chipset, which includes the GPU dummy.

62. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I heard the Nexus 5x gets owned by the Nexus 5 because of Android security mode. Whether or not that is true, I don't really care. All I care about is the fact that an old processor can run current operating systems and FHD easily. 4K is not going to hurt except make some of these new super processors work. All I care about is that 4K may not be necessary, but it's nice. I don't want manufacturers charging us 4K prices for FHD displays like they will if we settle. Similar to how Apple profits from itards settling for 750p displays. Oh and I am not calling you an ifan. I said your reading comprehension level is equivalent to an itard. Lol 4K offers plenty of advantages and honestly you haven't convinced me or anyone that these old processors are not good enough for FHD. So just stop.

63. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Summarized. 4K displays are about as necessary as 4K video, slow mo video, and heavier applications. Meaning they are not necessary but nice to have. Which means a high end processor isn't necessary either but it doesn't mean we should settle for FHD or less. Who gives a s**t. Just take it since we pay manufacturers for these things regardless.

60. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Just a simple query, why do you think quad core is overkill? Because just the number 4 > 2 and dual (wide) cores are sufficient or 4 core produces too much CPU power which is not utilized? And 1/2 of that CPU power is sufficient?

27. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Overkill i think. i'd choose QHD even if they offered to me the same price. Or even FHD if its cheaper.

41. hogey74

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 14, 2015

(Hand on heart) horsepower is our friend. More horse power just means more friends.

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