Samsung prepping two new Exynos processors for CES unveiling, both 64-bit
2013 has clearly been Qualcomm’s year in the high-end space of the mobile world. Chipsets designed by Qualcomm are to be found in virtually all top of the line devices from all manufacturers. Even Samsung, despite the fact that the Korean company makes its own chips as well. But once again, its flagship devices, the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3, come in two versions each – one of which sports a Snapdragon CPU by Qualcomm. We may endlessly speculate on why that is – bad LTE support for Samsung’s Exynos chips, yield or general production issues, or even performance problems and bad battery life for the Exynos line – but Samsung is undoubtedly selling more Snapdragon-powered handsets than Exynos-powered ones.
That may change next year, though. Samsung is going to hold an Exynos-related press conference at CES on January 7 in Las Vegas, and it’s expected to unveil not one, but two new processors on that occasion. Both of these will be octa-core, and both will be 64-bit, a move that sees Samsung once again closely follow tech trends imposed by Apple (which was the first company to release a smartphone with a 64-bit CPU this year).
The Exynos 6 chipset will be based on ARM’s Cortex-A50 architecture. It will have four Cortex-A57 performance-focused cores, and four Cortex-A53 battery-friendly cores. Obviously, these should power up and down (and ramp up and down) as needed, depending on the current workload.
The Exynos S chipset will use Samsung’s own core designs, and the only thing we know about it yet is that it too will be 64-bit. It may be octa-core too, but that info hasn’t been leaked yet.
The interesting part is that according to MyDrivers, the Exynos 6 will outperform the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 by a factor of 1.53x. The Exynos S is a bit behind, but it too will manage to be 1.43x faster than Qualcomm’s best.
No other details about these alleged performance improvements over the competition are known, so it’s unclear what tests were run, and how the results came to be. Keep that in mind.
It’s pretty clear that we’ll see at least one of these chipsets in the Galaxy S5 and maybe even the Note 4 later on, if not both.