Samsung returning to PowerVR GPU for Samsung Galaxy S IV?

Samsung returning to PowerVR GPU for Samsung Galaxy S IV?
If everything goes as planned, for the first time since the Samsung Galaxy S shipped with a single-core 1GHz Hummingbird CPU and a PowerVR SGX 540 GPU, the Samsung Galaxy S flagship will have a PowerVR GPU crunching the graphics when the Samsung Galaxy S IV launches later this year. While the Samsung Galaxy S II and Samsung Galaxy S III used ARM produced Mali GPU for graphics, the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa just announced at CES will use the PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU running at up to 533MHz, according to sources for AnandTech. This is significant for a few reasons, least of all the fact that the Samsung Exynos 5 dual continued the use of the ARM Mali GPU (ARM Mali T-604 to be exact).

The PowerVR GPU is what has run on every iOS device since day one and the 544 on the Exynos 5 Octa is similar to the 543 used on the A5 and A5X with some changes. Currently, Apple uses the PowerVR SGX 543 MP3 with its A6 used on the Apple iPhone 5. And as if Samsung and Apple needed to continue to butter each others' bread, Apple owns 10% of Imagination Technologies, the company behind PowerVR. Which means that Samsung had to believe that the difference in performance was worth doing business with a company used and partially owned by (even if it just 10%) its number one rival.

While the Samsung Galaxy S IV is still a few months away with May now the frontrunner to be the month of launch, it could very well include the Samsung Exynos Octa under the hood. If so, that would mean it would be the first Samsung flagship Android model since the OG Samsung Galaxy S to use PowerVR to handle the heavy graphics lifting.

source: AnandTech via AndroidAuthority

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37 Comments

1. pokharkarsaga

Posts: 547; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Dream will come true.Power VR >ARM Mali >adreno.

3. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Except, you know. ARM Mali and Adreno have been basically neck and neck for a while now.

18. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Tegra 4 >>>>>>>>> Power VR. Others are negligible compared to T4.

21. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

T4 probably hits about 70GFLOPS. It's comparable to Mali 604. The Rogue series and upcoming Mali GPU's are much more powerful

36. picka_vi_materina

Posts: 174; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

SGX544MP3 at 533MHz will be more powerful than the 250MHz clocked SGX554MP4. You have 3 cores which are 2x less powerful but run at more than double the frequency compared to the 544. I expect better results. Tegra 4 is gonna be a sucker again.

20. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Mali t-658 >> SGX 554MP3 I seriously hope Samsung will not go for such relatively architecture GPU. Rogue (series 6) would be the s**t, but not this

29. zhiae unregistered

it wont be disappointing i promise

2. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

powerVR will make this a beast ,beating Apple at its own GPU

4. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

No one ever said PowerVR was Apple's GPU, PowerVR licenses their GPUs to anyone willing to pay.

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

thanks captain...

5. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

The PowerVR is a beast of a gpu. The fact that Apple uses it exclusively means any iOS ports to Android will run better on phones that have a PowerVR, in theory. Angry Birds had lil issues on Motorola phones when it first came to Android. It ran better on a Droid 1 vs an HTC Incredbile, EVO. The Incredible and EVO had better specs....and different gpus.

6. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Which one is superior anyway? Imagination's PowerVRs or a ARM's Mali?

10. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Depends on who you ask and what you want. I would choose either over Adreno. I would choose PowerVR just for possible easier compability with iOS ports. I try to stay out of the benchmarks pissing contests now...so I cant comment from that perspective.....lol.

12. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

PowerVR is more powerful than Mali GPU :)

19. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Currently, the facts suggest the Tegra 4 might be best gpu out there. With 72 cores.

35. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

But dont forget PowerVR will out 6 series... i think the strongest performance in the market when 6 series arrived.. But the PowerVR 554 is strong enough.. hope samsung will use it with 4 core 544 :) *sorry for my bad english

8. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Waiting till I hear a release date for the at&t version or I'm selling my gs3 in late April. Exynos Octa+ is what I'll call this monster combo

9. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

iPhone 5 uses the PowerVR SGX 543MP3 in its A6, the iPad 4 uses A6X with PowerVR SGX 554 MP4, corrections need to be made in this article!

11. datsyuk

Posts: 180; Member since: Jan 11, 2012

Beat me to it. I really hope this is true though. When it comes to Android the Exynos chips were always my favorite because Mali IMO had the best GPU choice that phones were using but PowerVR is the very best IMO.

13. serge327

Posts: 79; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

If Samsung Exynos really use PowerVR GPU.. i will wait S4/N3, if not, i will go for SONY Xperia Z XD

14. Equilibrium

Posts: 18; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

"Currently, Apple uses the PowerVR SGX 554 MP4 with its A6X used on the Apple iPhone 5" I thought that it was used in the iPad 4 and that the iPhone 5 uses the PowerVR SGX 553 MP3? Also the iPhone 5 uses the A6 processor NOT the A6X:)

22. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Nearly right but for one number, the iphone 5 uses the iPhone 5 uses the PowerVR SGX 543 MP3. It has been corrected in the article.

15. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Maybe its for the TIZEN device cos Intel owns 16.02 percent of imagination technologies

16. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Power VR actually performs well samsung may consider it.

17. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

its gonna be running twice the frequency of iphone 5 at 533 mhz instead of 266 mhz on the iphone 5, and iphone 5 uses powervr 543 mp3 while this is 544 mp3

24. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

I suspect that Anand did a mistake in his calculations and the iphone 5 GPU (543MP3) is actually running at 333 MHz, so performance won't be double but 66% higher with the new GPU. We'll see if I'm right when the first benchmarks go out.

23. uvaman

Posts: 45; Member since: Jan 14, 2013

Hmm if S4 will use Octa then we will have Mali... From CES keynote and from the presentation we could see the pictures of Mali T-604 and Mali T-658 which is compatible with Octa and paired. Also this confirmation can be seen on arm page too. If S4 wont get Octa then its possible.

26. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 595; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

What about the Mali-T678?

25. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

What is the GPU in the iPad 4 and where could the 544 possibly perform compared to that beast?

31. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

iPad 4 uses the PowerVR SGX554MP4. It's compared in the picture in the article. The last GPU listed in the picture is the one sued in the iPad 4.

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