Regardless of how happy users are with their current phones, the makers are always pushing new levels of performance at us. Samsung's latest quad-core chip will power the next-generation Galaxy smartphone and future tablets, and push performance to new heights.
More Power, Dammit!
In an odd move, just days before the official unveiling of Samsung's next class-leading Android smartphone, the company has unveiled the chip that will drive this supercomputer in your pocket. The Exynos 4 Quad processor will offer a hefty 1.4GHz of speed per core in a 32nm package (shrunk down from a 45nm process).
Based on the ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor, it will deliver around twice the power of its predecessor for roughly 20% less power. While that amount of processing power may sound slightly insane for a phone, it will be able to multitask better and perform standard tasks faster, saving more battery power in the process.
The cores can be turned on or off as needed to maximise efficiency and there's all sorts of extra power management trickery to keep the chip cool and frugal. Samsung confirmed it will appear in the next Galaxy model, saying "Already in production, the Exynos 4 Quad is scheduled to be adopted first into Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone, Exynos 4 Quad is also sampling to other major handset makers."
UPDATE: In a dramatic possible development, it looks like the U.S. version of the next Galaxy phone might not get the quad-core version of this chip. That's based on a story from the Korea Times where a Samsung executive said different regions will get different chips. Will that affect the phone's perception in the massive American market?
More Phones Coming
That last bit from Samsung means the chip will appear in other phones and tablets. For video, the new processor can drive up to 1366 x 768 (WXGA) displays and does full HD 30fps video for 1080p video recording and play-back with a HDMI 1.4 interface for content transmission.
Running in tandem with a decent graphics processor, it could deliver console-equalling games and top-level HD video content. All of which means power-hungry users will want to lap up the phone. No doubt, Apple will have something similar or better to offer with the iPhone 5, which is likely to rely on a design restyle and hi-tech materials to keep its kudos. However, Nokia's Lumia range is left looking rather feeble with their single-cores.