Samsung Showcases the Exynos 5 Octa 8-Core Chip for Tablets and Chromebooks


When it comes to mobile devices there are two competing (and divergent) needs: battery life and power. You want better battery life? Easy, scrimp on power. More power, well you’ll have to pay the battery life cost. Apple does this dance all the time, especially with their Retina devices. Between bigger, better batteries and lots of research into chips, Apple is doing okay. Samsung, however, unveiled a new chip today at CES that is going to make people sit up and take notice.

Announced during Samsung’s big showcase event, the Exynos 5 Octa sports 8 cores for your processing enjoyment, but all the while becoming a wee less power hungry:

The new 28-nanometer chip, the Exynos 5 Octa, will have two sets of quad cores, compared to the dual-core Exynos 5 processor from a year ago. In less than a year, Samsung’s Exynos sold more than 53 million units. It is used in the Nexus 10 tablet and Chromebook devices.

In a demo, Electronic Arts showed the Need for Speed: Most Wanted game running on Octa. The chip uses the Big.little technology that ARM unveiled a year ago. The Octa’s big and little processors divide tasks among themselves for greater efficiency.

Via: VentureBeat

So while, as this tweet points out:

You don’t get to tap into 8 cores at once, it sounds like what you get is a high power quad core married to a low power quad core so that when you need power (which will pound the battery) you have it, but when you don’t need power, you have a lower power chip to step in. Pretty amazing engineering. It doesn’t sound like we’ll see this in a Galaxy phone, but it does seem to be a great match for tablets.


HT: Engadget and The Verge.

Photo from The Verge.

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  • Nosferatu

    other sources claim this will make it into smartphones…namely something like the Galaxy S4 and Note 3. Can’t wait to see as I’m due to upgrade my S2.

  • bcsc

    At this stage I’m glad that Samsung/Apple’s parts relationship is souring. This way these chips wont be wasted in low quality iOS devices. Not that Apple has ever put cutting edge tech or specs into a device though……….

    • barondebxl

      The A6 processor is powerful though

      • bcsc

        The S2 had a 1.2 dual processor with A9 architecture (released May 2011). The Evo 3D had a 1.2 dual Snapdragon (released April 2011) The iPhone 5 has a 1.3 dual A7 architecture and was produced a year and a half later. Pretty weak specs for a flagship. If you were to put updating widgets, live wallpapers or any other combination of features to that CPU, you wouldn’t think it was very powerful anymore. iOS has nothing to push the chip, so at least you do wind up with an incredibly responsive home button.

        • barondebxl

          The A6 an A7 architecture? Where did you get that? Its a A9/A15 hybrid my friend you are confused.

    • Jin

      FYI Samsung is no different than the guy flipping the burger.

      • bcsc

        WHAT????? Is there something I’m missing, because this doesn’t make a world of sense.

    • David Pivarnick

      Do some research before you post. There is nothing ‘low quality’ about any iOS device. Why is it that the Samsung devices even exist? Before the introduction of the iPhone, what did Samsung even have? The Blackjack? It’s because of Apple (and Steve Jobs) invention that phones like the Galaxy SIII even exist. Every device that comes out these days is compared to ‘WHAT’??? The iPhone.
      Wake up and smell the Apples.

  • mohamed ali mohamed

    you are right
    but even that the A6 processor is dual core it still outdone the galaxy s3 quad core processor

    so just imagine what will happen if apple released a quad core version?

    • iphonemaniac

      Well, Apple wouldn’t need a quad core, as nothing drastic has changed since iphone 3G days which is revolutionary with respect to iOS/software and needs more CPU power. Sorry to say this, iPhone now a days kind of looks bland.