In November of last year, Samsung revealed their Exynos 5250 dual-core processor. It was announced that these chips would be making their debut in Samsung devices starting in Q2 of this year. Now detailed information has been released on these new powerful processors. The company’s upcoming Exynos 5 Dual will be the world’s first Cortex A15-based chip clocked to 1.7GHz, when it eventually ships later this year. The processor itself may potentially be inside the 11.8-inch tablet Samsung is going to launch later this year. Samsung had to wait for this A15-based chip to support the very high WQXGA (2560×1600) resolution of the Galaxy Tab 11.6. The processor itself is a substantial upgrade over the Exynos 4 Quad included in the international Galaxy S III and competes closely with the 28nm Snapdragon S4, which Samsung says offers significantly improved graphics performance, connectivity, and battery life.
When paired with the all new Mali-T604 GPU, these processors are vastly superior than current quad-core A9-based processors, such as the Tegra 3 or the quad-core Exynos found inside the Galaxy S3. As reported by Android Authority, the quad-core Mali-T604 GPU built into the Exynos 5 Dual supports resolutions up to WQXGA (2560×1600) as well as stereoscopic 3D. It meets and exceeds Qualcomm’s Adreno 225 GPU by adding OpenGL ES 3.0, OpenCL 1.1, and interestingly DirectX 11 support. ARM’s website claims that the T604 offers up to 5x the performance of previous Mali GPUs, but we’ll have to wait for integrated products to hit the market before we can know for sure”.
Samsung also incorporated USB 3.0 and SATA III controllers into the Exynos 5 Dual, reducing any potential storage bottleneck issues. The 400MHz LPDDR2 RAM support in the Exynos 4 processor has been superseded by 800MHz LPDDR3, which also bests the 500MHz LPDDR2 support in the Snapdragon S4. Its memory subsystem can push around 12.8GBps of data, and combined with USB 3.0 and SATA III, the Exynos 5 Dual should enjoy a notable speed improvement. It’s only a matter of time before these processors begin changing the Android landscape and perhaps maximize the user experience.