Samsung reveals processor for Galaxy S III

Samsung has been teasing us with its plans to release a new "Galaxy" product, which most people believe will be the Galaxy S III smartphone. The device will officially be revealed next week. However, Samsung might have already revealed what processor will be inside that next generation Galaxy S smartphone.

Today, the company announced its new Exynos 4 Quad processor. The ARM-based chip has four processor cores and runs at a clock speed of 1.4 GHz. Samsung says that the new chip has double the processing power of its predecessor, the Exynos 4 Dual, while also using 20 percent less power. The new chip was built with a 32nm manufacturing process versus the 45nm process of the Exynos 4 Dual.

Samsung adds:

In addition, the new processor incorporates a full HD 30 frame per second video hardware codec engine for high resolution 1080p video recording and play-back, an embedded image signal processor interface for high-quality camera functionality and an HDMI 1.4 interface for sharp and crisp multimedia content transmission.

All of that means that, in theory, the Exynos 4 Quad should run faster and be much more energy efficient than Samsung's last smartphone chip. In addition to being part of the next Galaxy smartphone, Samsung has confirmed the processor "is also sampling to other major handset makers."

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Shiranui said,
Is it really based on A9 rather than the new A15 architecture?

yup....now that creates problems....if the s3 releases soon with A9, it will be outdated as soon as an A15 quad core comes out...now samsung cant release a new galaxy flagship device just 6 months after this.....actually the A15 processors will be revealed earlier than that.....so then what ??? all those who bought the S3 thinking its the best wont enjoy that status for long....

Gondya bhau said,

yup....now that creates problems....if the s3 releases soon with A9, it will be outdated as soon as an A15 quad core comes out...now samsung cant release a new galaxy flagship device just 6 months after this.....actually the A15 processors will be revealed earlier than that.....so then what ??? all those who bought the S3 thinking its the best wont enjoy that status for long....


You don't even need quad A15, dual Krait already runs circles around anything with A9 arch, plus it's 28nm which gives Qualcomm the technological advantage (more room for optimization when iterating on the design)

the processor looks promising, especially that it will be made available to all, the only thing I don't understand is why anyone would want a 3d phone.

Wombatt said,
"HDMI 1.4 interface for sharp and crisp multimedia content transmission"

Nice waste of words here!

Exactly what I was thinking.

4 Quad processor? impressive!!!

Does that mean galaxy s3 is much more powerful than my intel core2duo laptop?

lomas said,
4 Quad processor? impressive!!!

Does that mean galaxy s3 is much more powerful than my intel core2duo laptop?

Nope. Different architecture.

Nope, just like laptop processors are not as good as desktop processors, tablet/phone processors are not as good as laptop/desktop processors, no matter if they have the same value in Ghz

I'm due an upgrade at the end of this year, it might just be an S3 if something better doesn't come out. But I am still waiting on the Padphone as well to see what that looks like when it rocks in