iPhone 5 processor to be based on the quad-core Exynos 4, phones with Qualcomm quad-cores coming in Q4

iPhone 5 processor to be based on the quad-core Exynos 4, phones with Qualcomm quad-cores coming in Q4
The quad-core smartphone family will be extended in the fourth quarter, says Digitimes, on account of the new Apple iPhone, and Qualcomm's quad-core chipsets entering devices for the holiday shopping craze.

It isn't exactly a revelation that Apple might place such a chip in its iPhone 5, since we heard rumors that Cupertino's engineers are testing the next generation A6 with four processor cores at the TSMC foundry earlier this year. Actually we last heard that Samsung will be producing the A6, and now the sources confirm that this quad-core A6 is none other, but modified quad-core Exynos 4 series, which is already running in the international version of the Samsung Galaxy S III. This means a 32nm HKMG package made in Samsung's Austin, Texas factory - a pretty powerful combination.

Now back to Qualcomm - its quad-core APQ8064A is a monster of a chipset, since it integrates multimode LTE radio, and is built on the 28nm process too. Besides, those will come with the most powerful graphics processor - Adreno 320 - that Qualcomm has in its quiver, so phones with quad-core Snapdragons should be beasts as well, with HTC One XXL already rumored to be one of them.

source: Digitimes

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29 Comments

1. sid07desai

Posts: 290; Member since: May 03, 2012

Quad-core Snapdragon with LTE would be great.

21. mandkeee

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 27, 2009

yes....and I'm sure more people will buy iPhone 5... most of my customers doesn't even try to get android 4G LTE.... and some of our customers already returned the devices ..... they said , android is garbage...

2. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

I see remixfa somewhere down there saying how awesome the exynos is and how crappy the snapdragon is compared with the exynos

10. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Lol. Look how laggy the US Galaxy S3 variants compared to international version first then come back to me..

15. IamYourFather6657

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Its more of less the same . I checked a Video by pocket now comparing directly the international with the USA version

29. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

Few others have noted various lags when compared against the international version on daily usage.

12. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

So far from my own testing of devices with Exynos vs Crapdragon, Ill take the Exynos anyday over the Qualcomm offering... Of course, this is from my OWN PERSONAL experiance using devices with similar specs but one with a Snapdragon and one with an Exynos, and Im not talking benchmarks either, im tallking daily use, gaming, videos, and some other every-day uses...

3. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

That would be way better than the 800 MHz Dual-Core processor in the 4S. Seriously what was Apple thinking, that thing should have been 1.2 GHz. At least they seem to have learned their lesson.

4. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

But why does it really matter? I know tons of people who have the 4S and none of them have ever said anything about lag and slowdown in the few times i have used their phones, i have never seen it either I feel like this is only an issue if you are doing weird stuff like jailbreaking or running a million apps at the same time or something, although with the limited multi-tasking on ios that isn't even an issue

26. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Well why would they build the next iPhone with a quad-core processor if a dual-core works fine

5. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

at the end of the day, it was just as fast. i think by now we should all be able to understand that performance is more important than numbers.

6. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

For games apple are doing the right thing by putting quad core albeit by the time it comes in October we will be hearing the news of next generation of chips to appear in android handset late 2012 early 2013. Beside the games the quad core might seem lost on an iphone as the ios is basically an grid app drawer launcher which basic set up needs only basic processing power

7. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Does this mean no LTE?

8. thunderising

Posts: 232; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

What? This means iPhone 5 will be based on an ancient Cortex A9 design? Fail. The qualcomm quad-core S4 will eat it for breakfast

11. Mitchel

Posts: 228; Member since: May 25, 2012

Not really.. Don't mess with the King Exynos.. Wait for the Galaxy S4..

22. sithman

Posts: 299; Member since: Apr 21, 2012

What phones do u make, and what r their processors based on?

9. zhypher_23

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 04, 2012

Come On Samsung, put this chipset in the Galaxy Note 2! :DD

13. PackMan

Posts: 277; Member since: Mar 09, 2012

Why? By that time Exynos series 5XXX with Mali series 6XX will already be ready.

14. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Actually I would be surprised if they use a quad core in the new iphone 5. With the limited multitasking the iPhone IOS has it's pretty much irrelevant to have 2 or 4 cores. I would bet they are saving the quad core for their next iPad, not the iphone 5 and they'll use a modified version of the current A5 built in 32 nm (APL2498 anyone?) with some minor changes and a higher frequency allowed by the die size shrink. Let's remember that Apple tends to do incremental changes every year. This year they'll change the screen but use the same processor. That's at least my prediction. Apple would really surprise me with a Quad core!

16. Aeires unregistered

Processor made from a company that iFans want to be ran out of business, oh the irony.

17. Hammerfest

Posts: 384; Member since: May 12, 2012

Samsung has a terrable plant malfunction seemingly only effecting the A6 production line... iRiots in every city...

18. phoenix19861

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

samsung galaxy s4 - Snapdragon S4 MSM8974 Quad Core - Adreno 320 - 2GB Ram - 12 mp 1080p camera - 4.5 display

20. mandkeee

Posts: 82; Member since: Feb 27, 2009

samsung = copycat.... plz....dont even trying to compare with iPhone.....

23. wassup

Posts: 565; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

yes, don't even compare them... it's like comparing a toy to a computer... You'll just end up embarassing the iPhone, and frankly, it's been embarassed enough.

24. VladUK

Posts: 8; Member since: May 24, 2012

and just add up... since they will designed it for humans again I hope, new S4 also will make a coffee too :-p

27. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Yes because Samsung would totally make the SIV with a smaller screen.

28. ph00ny

Posts: 2031; Member since: May 26, 2011

ugh i hope not. Exynos5 dual or quad with Mali T658 please

19. Suts_97

Posts: 128; Member since: May 05, 2012

Why are HTC phones named after clothes sizes like XL and XXL?

25. remtothemax

Posts: 260; Member since: May 02, 2012

they are trying to fit in with american culture and not make obese people feel out of place

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