We heard rumors before that Samsung was having some issues with the Exynos 5 Octa core processor. If you've been out of the loop, that's an eight core mobile processor.
Samsung Electronics just announced that the Exynos 5 Octa is currently scheduled for mass-production in the second quarter of 2013.
As highlighted at CES 2013, the Exynos 5 Octa is the world's first mobile application processor to implement the new concept of processing architecture, big.LITTLEâ„¢, based on the Cortex-A15â„¢ CPU to offer optimal core use. By housing a total of eight cores to draw fromâ€”four powerful Cortex-A15â„¢cores for processing-intense tasks along with Cortex-A7â„¢ quad cores for lighter workloadsâ€”the Exynos 5 Octa enables mobile devices to achieve maximum performance. This approach offers up to 70 percent energy saving when performing various tasks, compared to using Cortex- A15â„¢cores only.
Samsung claims the Octa will see 3D graphics processing power more than two-times that of the Exynos 4 quad processor. The Octa can also support a WQXGA resolution up to a maximum of 2560 x 1600, which is pretty darn high for a mobile device. Apparently the Octa also supports 1080p video recording and playback at 60fps in HD.
The newest Exynos processor will be manufactured using Samsung's latest 28-nanometer (nm) HKMG (High-k Metal Gate) low power process and power-saving design, which increases the power efficiency of the processor by minimizing the static current leakage.
The Exynos 5 Octa processor uses four Cortex-A15 cores combined with a Cortex-A7 quad core to produce better results overall when it comes to performance.
Realistically, we've heard about the Exynos 5 Octa for quite some time now, and we know all about what it can do. The real story here is that it will be ready for mass production soon. If the Octa truly is ready by the second quarter of 2013, then we could see it used more regularly in devices by the end of this year or by the beginning of next year, at the latest.
Unfortunately, US Galaxy S4 owners won't be seeing an Octa core processor but instead will see a Snapdragon quad-core. That being said, a quad core is more than enough to handle the Android OS and hardware intensive apps or games.