Will the Samsung Galaxy S IV have an eight core processor?

A few weeks ago, the SamMobile.com website claimed to have received an image of a render for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV smartphone. Now that same website is reporting that a device that could be an early version of that still unannounced smartphone has been detected by a benchmarking program.

The site claims that the Antutu Benchmarks program has generated stats that seems to confirm it has encountered both the Korean and international version of the Android smartphone, with Samsung's in-house Exynos 5 Octa processor running things inside at a clock speed of 1.8 GHz. The "Octa" in the name means that the chip has a whopping eight processor cores inside.

Actually, as we reported earlier this month, the Exynos 5 Octa processor has four ARM Cortex-A15 CPUs along with four ARM Cortex-A7 CPUs. Still, if this chip is indeed inside the Galaxy S IV, it could prove to be the most powerful processor ever put inside a smartphone or tablet device.

The same site claims that the Samsung Galaxy S IV will have a 4.99 inch screen, 2 GB of RAM and a 13 megapixel rear camera that supports 1080p video running at 30 frames per second. The site also claims the smartphone will have a two megapixel front facing camera and will have the "Jelly Bean" version of Android out of the box.

We should learn if this site's information is indeed accurate later this year; Samsung is expected to officially reveal details about the next Galaxy S smartphone sometime this spring.

Source: SamMobile.com | Image via SamMobile.com

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cores just means more proccessing... and capable of more Task...but would never meet the powers of a 8 core AMD Desktop cpu for sure.. it would blow the phone up for sure..and would require some badass battery...nuclear powered im thinking

Can someone please justify why I need 8 cores in a phone? I don't have 8 cores in my main computer!

The only benefit I see is for battery if the clock was really low and they only turned on extra cores as needed. But a clock speed of 1.8 ghz? Am I missing something as to why this is needed?

Supposedly, only a few of theses cores are the 1.8ghz beasts. The rest are lower power cores used when the high-speeds are not needed.

It's needed to run Android ALMOST as smoothly as a single core WP7 phone.

But seriously... oh wait, i am serious. And i explained how the cores work above.

This is pure marketing. While the octa is an 8 core SoC only 4 cores can be in use at once. It is built using the big.LITTLE concept. 4 big cores (a15) for heavy workloads, and 4 LITTLE cores (a7) for lighter workloads. ARM created the a7 specifically for this purpose to help compensate for how power hungry a15 is. Give me a Qualcomm Krait any day. Power efficiency and performance in one package.

Also, my galaxy nexus and my nexus 7 run smooth as a hot knife through butter.

My dual core GS3 is smooth as can be, and I have a ton of crap running, not sure who would need more than 4. Looking forward to the day when I can buy a windows phone with all the portable apps I want and have the ability to just dock it anywhere to anything for desktop, tablet or whatever else I want. Figure it's not far off. For now, Android is my choice...but definitely rooting for Windows.

lol, you guys do realize that before you go on your hate fest that these types of processors HELP with battery, they are more efficient than the older ones. This isn't a Pentium4, they didn't just slap an extra core on there.

I love how people equate Samsung's hardware to Android's performance. Silly. Just because Samsung has decided to utilize an 8 core processor, means absolutely nothing with regards to Android. Samsung != Google. Samsung != Android. Samsung is merely a manufacturer.

hell my quadcore s3 also runs as smooth as butter, espicialy compared to my single core htc legend bring on the new soc =]

I don't know where you guys are experiencing laggy android, but with my galaxy s2 running custom roms its smooth as silk.

anyway I feel phones don't really need more cores or need to get much faster,, I much rather see all the companies focus on battery life, nearly all the smart phones need a daily charge and sometimes twice a day with really heavy usage.

One may find this article helpful in finding out how big.LITTLE will work in the Linux kernel and most likely how it will work in Android. https://lwn.net/Articles/501501/

Basically, there's one of two ways that big.LITTLE chips can operate.

1) The chip is exposed to the OS as a quad-core and whether the A7 or A15 is handling a task is based on clock frequency scaling, which the Linux kernel has been equipped to do for a while. This method has some limitations on SoCs that have more than one core per clock domain. Whether or not this is the case with the Exynos 5 Octa is unclear. This is the simplest way of supporting it, and most likely the method that will be used on shipping hardware.

2) The chip is exposed to the OS as an 8-core chip and the kernel scheduler decides what tasks go on what cores. This has some of the biggest limitations due to the scheduler in Linux treating all cores equally when this obviously isn't the case. There's been some extensive work done on a new real-time scheduler so that it can actively load balance tasks between the more powerful and less powerful cores. Since this is currently experimental code maintained outside the mainline kernel, it seems unlikely that this method will be used anytime soon. It probably will be in the future due to there ostensibly being a 10-20% performance boost associated with it on big.LITTLE chips.

Actually battery life will be better since the work load is distributed among each set of cores. The four Cortex-A15 cores ensure incredible performance while the other four are low-power Cortex-A7s that kick in for the less demanding tasks and save battery power.

Loving all the hater comments from WP users, Throw more cores at it? What should microsoft do, they've tried everything and still their market share continues to dwindle below 3% lol

Sonne said,
Loving all the hater comments from WP users, Throw more cores at it? What should microsoft do, they've tried everything and still their market share continues to dwindle below 3% lol

Originality award goes to....

Sonne said,
Loving all the hater comments from WP users, Throw more cores at it? What should microsoft do, they've tried everything and still their market share continues to dwindle below 3% lol

Actually those hating are the Apple boys. WP users just don't care what you are using as long as it ain't Apple.

That's one thing Android and WP users have in common.

I thought 8 cores is a little overkill, specially for a phone, (smart or not) I've got the quad core 1 gig ram version of the s3, I haven't noticed any input lag or slow downs. In a pc, great...

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