It’s been a long time since Samsung has used a PowerVR GPU in one of its phones. It hasn’t used that GPU since the launch of its first generation of Samsung Galaxy S phones.
Now rumor has it that Samsung is ditching the ARM Mali GPU’s in favor of its old buddy, PowerVR, again. The Samsung Exynos5 Octa will feature a PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU running at up to 533MHz.
It should be noted that the PowerVR GPU has been used on every single iOS device, and that the PowerVR SGX 544MP3 is very similar to the 543 beign used on the A5 and A5x SoC. The PowerVR SGX 543 is also used on the A6, which is being used by the iPhone 5.
The 544 one-ups the 543 with the inclusion of DirectX 10 class texturing hardware and 2x faster triangle setup. The PowerVR SGX 544′s graphics performance lies somewhere between the 3rd generation iPad’s A5x and the 4th generation iPad’s A6x.
I do wonder why Samsung didn’t opt for the new PowerVR Series6 GPU’s. Maybe they weren’t ready for prime time. I hope that this new PowerVR SGX 544 GPU can fare well against the competition. It may have been wishful thinking, but I was hoping that the Samsung Galaxy S IV would feature the highest-end GPU available.
Of course, let’s not forget that this hasn’t been confirmed by Samsung yet, so this is still just a rumor. We’ll see what GPU the Samsung Exynos5 Octa has soon.
If it’s not a rumor, what do you think of Samsung using a current gen GPU instead of the next-gen GPU?