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Old 04-27-2012, 02:21 AM
Brendan Hugo Brendan Hugo is offline
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Default Samsung debuts new Exynos 4 Quad processor, tips it to be in “the next Galaxy”


So, are you salivating yet? Samsung's announcement for “the next Galaxy” is only days away, and while some legitimate leaks have surfaced, we still don't know a whole lot. Now we do know two things for certain: it is a phone, and it will have one seriously awesome quad-core processor—the Exynos 4 Quad. And I quote,

“The application processor is a crucial element in providing our customers with a PC-like experience on mobile devices. Samsung’s next Galaxy device, which will be officially announced soon, offers uncompromised performance and ground breaking multi-tasking features, thanks to Exynos 4 Quad’s powerful performance and efficient energy management technology,” said Hankil Yoon, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy Team, Samsung’s Mobile Communications Business.

So there you have it. The processor, already in production, will run at 1.4GHz, and is based on the ARM CORTEX A9 quad-core. The chips papa, the Exynos 4 Dual, ran on a 45nm architecture, whereas this one will run on 32nm, but with identical pin setup. This allows manufacturers to start using the 12mm x 12mm x 1.37mm chip right away, without having to overhaul mainboard designs.

The big question is, how will it stack up against the Tegra 3 and the Snapdragon S4? I can't tell you that, unfortunately, but what I can tell you is that is comes ready for the fight. Along with some highly touted power-saving features, the chip comes with the ability to play and record 1080p at 30fps via built-in HDMI 1.4. This fact may hint at one heck of an awesome camera in the next Galaxy, or it may simply be a feature for future devices. Then again, 30fps 1080p recording was specifically mentioned. So what do you say, can we expect a 1080p recorder/playback in the next Galaxy smartphone? For that matter, it was also mentioned that this chip can do 3D as well. So has Samsung been lying to us about the whole “no 3d” thing, are we going to see 1080p 3D @30fps? I doubt it, but I kinda hope so.

[Samsung via Business Wire]
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