As most of you remember, a couple of days ago, the people behind the @SamsungExynos Twitter account have announced that the manufacturer will soon (next week) unveil a new version of the Exynos 5 Octa SoC.
Unfortunately, besides claiming that the new product will be “a more powerful, enhanced Exynos 5 Octa“, Samsung did not disclose any other details. Fortunately, while scouring the World Wide Web for more info, we stumbled upon some extra details about the new Exynos 5 Octa System-on-a-Chip, via the Korean press. Interested? Join us after the break.
First of all, according to “industry sources” cited by DDaily (a Korean publication), the new SoC will be codenamed Exynos 5420 – a not so big of a jump from the model powering the Samsung Galaxy S4 (Exynos 5410).
Moving on to the actual hardware changes, the source claims that Samsung has decided to change the PowerVR GPU with one from the Mali series. It’s currently unknown exactly which Mali GPU will find a home inside the new Exynos 5 Octa SoC, but Mali-T604 and Mali-T628 are being mentioned by the report.
The PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU found inside the first version of the SoC is a tri-core, while the Mali-T604 supports up to 4 cores and Mali-T628 up to 8 cores. Now it remains to be seen how many cores will Samsung choose to use. NOTE: The dual core Exynos 5 SoC (Exynos 5250) features a Mali-T604 GPU so it would make sense, if the switch will actually take place, for the manufacturer to use the Mali-T628. After all, Samsung claims that the new Exynos 5 Octa is more powerful and enhanced.
Another department that has allegedly been improved is the circuit design, as the manufacturer has been trying to shorten the time it takes for the SoC to switch between the A15 and A7 quad core CPU.
The source has also mentioned that the new Exynos 5 Octa will be powering the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and it actually makes sense. If you remember, very recently we published a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Antutu report which indicated that a Note 3 powered by a 1.9 GHz CPU has managed to score roughly 33000 points.
At the time, based on the results, we speculated that this was a Snapdragon 800 powered Note, but in light of the new findings, the benchmarked model might have been running on the new and improved Exynos 5 Octa. Which would mean that Samsung has managed to bridge the gap between its Exynos 5 Octa SoC and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800. If this will indeed prove to be the case, were you expecting more? Would you be disappointed or content? Let us know in the comments section.
Source: DDaily (Korean)