Exynos 5 Octa: Powering the Samsung Galaxy S4 (News Roundup)
March 20, 2013
In the wake of the recent Samsung Unpacked 2013 event in New York City, news sites and blogs have been buzzing about the new Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Exynos 5 Octa processor it's running on. We've rounded up some of the best coverage of the Galaxy S4 and the Exynos 5 Octa so you can take in all of the details. There's still more information to come, so make sure to follow @SamsungExynos on Twitter for more real-time updates.
Engadget's extensive coverage of the Samsung Unpacked 2013 event includes this Exynos-specific article detailing the Galaxy S4's many features. The long-awaited smartphone will come with a 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 441 ppi. Engadget notes that this "powerful beast" also boasts 2GB of RAM and an Exynos 5 Octa mobile processor in many variants, depending on region. Additional specs include Android 4.2.2 on-board at the time of launch, a 2,600mAh battery, WiFi 802.11ac support, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 13MP BSI camera.
Ars Technica provides a straight-forward explanation of the Galaxy S4's important features, covering many of the same aspects as Engadget. The article notes that the handset's eight-core Exynos 5 Octa uses ARM® big.LITTLE™ processing technology "to meld together four fast CPU cores with four slower but more power-efficient cores." Efficiency is a key focus of the chipset, so you can expect to see extended battery life in the Galaxy S4 in most use cases. Check out the post for an extensive list of the smartphone's features - both fun and functional.
SlashGear's article centers on the technology inside the Exynos 5 Octa processor, the industry's first ARM® big.LITTLE™-enabled system-on-chip (SoC). In addition to explaining big.LITTLE architecture and its applications, the news source highlights the technology's role in providing both extreme energy efficiency and powerful performance in equipped mobile devices. The Exynos 5 Octa is also capable of supporting up to a WQXGA (2560 x 1600) display resolution. Despite what the article states, Samsung's Exynos 5 Dual already supports this high of a display resolution in the Google Nexus 10 tablet.
Ars Technica rounded out their coverage of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Exynos 5 Octa with an article that touches on the benefits of implementing ARM® big.LITTLE™ processing in mobile devices. The post explains that big.LITTLE processing is all about using the "right processor for the right job," enabling up to 70% in energy savings on common workloads. You'll find specific use cases for this architecture, information about the Exynos 5 Octa's PowerVR GPU and even an explanation for the selection of different processors for Galaxy S4 handsets in different regions.
For more information about ARM® big.LITTLE™ technology and its implementation in the Exynos 5 Octa, you can consult the Exynos at Mobile World Congress 2013 webpage.