Samsung unveils Exynos 5422 Octa CPU for the Galaxy S5, Exynos 5260 Hexa for the Galaxy Note 3 Neo
The Samsung Galaxy S5 will sport a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, sure, but that’s not the only chipset that we’ll see in the company’s next flagship. As has been the tradition ever since the Galaxy S III, there will be some Galaxy S5 units powered by a Samsung-made Exynos processor too. In the case of the S4, these didn’t make their way across many markets, and we doubt the situation will change this time around.
Anyway, today Samsung made the specific Exynos that will be inside the Galaxy S5 official. It’s called Exynos 5422 Octa, which obviously means it’s octa-core. It comes with four ARM Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 2.1 GHz alongside four ARM Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.5 GHz. The former of those will be in charge of delivering sheer performance, while the latter bunch will ensure that your battery won’t die after 30 minutes of use. Once again, Samsung is using an ARM big.LITTLE design, as it has been ever since it’s made the octa-core CPU that was in the Galaxy S4.
Samsung claims the 5422 will deliver 34% higher performance than its previous offerings in the space. The Exynos 5422 Octa will be mass produced before the end of March, so it very well may be available for the Galaxy S5′s worldwide launch on April 11. That said, don’t expect it to show up in LTE-friendly countries or territories, that’s probably going to be Qualcomm-only.
The other CPU that Samsung made official today is the Exynos 5260 Hexa, which is the rather mysterious (up until now, at least) part that can be seen at work inside the recently announced Galaxy Note 3 Neo. This is hardly news, therefore, and the chipset is already in production, as you’d expect, but it’s nice to see Samsung finally officially acknowledge its existence.
The Exynos 5260 is a hexa-core offering, coming with two ARM Cortex-A15 cores clocked at 1.7 GHz alongside four ARM Cortex-A7 cores doing their thing at 1.3 GHz. Once again, it’s the A15s responsible for performance, while the A7s are there to be used when you’re not doing any CPU-intensive tasks on your Note 3 Neo – since they help a lot with battery life. And yes, this is another of ARM’s big.LITTLE designs at work, naturally. It is, however, the first time we’ve seen a 2+4 pairing (following in the footsteps of now-ubiquitous 4+4 configurations as well as some 2+2 designs).
We’re already in the third day of MWC, and there’s been nothing said about that Exynos Infinity that Samsung teased a few days ago. This, we assumed, could be the company’s first 64-bit chip, but it’s still not official. We’ll let you know if its status changes.