Samsung Unveils The Exynos 5 Octa 28nm 8-Core Processor [CES 2013]

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa Processor

Samsung has officially announced their brand new Exynos processor as an update to its Exynos line of mobile processors. It will be called Exynos 5 Octa processor. A couple of days ago, NVIDIA has unleashed its new Tegra 4 processor with 72 GPU Cores + 4 ARM Cortex-A15 Cores and Qualcomm also introduced the new Snapdragon 800 and 600 processors at CES event in Vegas. Samsung says that the new Exynos 5 Octa chipset provides optimal battery life while delivering best-in-class performance.

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa includes 8 processor cores – that’s a total of two quad-core SoCs. A section of four Cortex-A15 cores incredible performance clocking at 1.8GHz to perform CPU-intensive tasks such as gaming, web browsing, HD video playback and more, while the another set of low-power four ARM Cortex-A7 cores at 1.2GHz perform less demanding tasks and save battery power.

big.LITLE ArchitectureThe new Exynos 5 chipset will come in 28nm flavor and it is built based on ARM’s “big.LITTLE” technology to offer incredible performance and you don’t need to worry about the terrible battery life. This big.LITTLE architecture lets the Cortex-A15 processor to be utilized for heavy workloads, while the Cortex-A7 processor “can take over to most efficiently process the majority of smartphone workloads.” The president of Samsung’s System LSI division, Stephen Woo claims that the new Exynos 5 Octa chip will provide up to 70% lower power consumption when compared to the Exynos 5 Dual and you will get extremely long battery life at the same time. If you might recall, Samsung-made Google Nexus 10 (Samsung’s latest Chromebook also) tablet is currently rocking the Exynos 5 dual-core processor under the hood.

Exynos 5 Octa processor running devices will be able to ”easily” handle HD movie streaming with “razor-sharp picture quality” and ”no dropped frames”. It offers two times the performance in tests with 3D gaming speeds compared to Exynos 4 Quad-Core processor in the Galaxy Note II and Galaxy S III devices. Woo also said that “the bottom line is, when you want multiple applications to perform at their best, you want the best processor available.”


There is still no information on which handsets and tablets are going to rock the new Exynos 5 Octa processor. Considering the Samsung Galaxy S IV handset which is set to be launched in the coming months, you might not wait to get my hands on the phones and tablets powered by the Exynos 5 Octa chipsets.

Source: The Verge

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