Samsung’s new and improved Exynos 5 Octa mobile processor that was teased last week is now official.
The new SoC (model number Exynos 5420) comes with four ARM Cortex-A15 cores (1.8GHz) and other four Cortex-A7 cores (1.3 GHz), enhancing the overall CPU processing capability by 20 percent over the previous chipset.
The 5420 is the world’s first applications processor that uses a six-core ARM Mali-T628 GPU. Reportedly, this boosts 3D graphics capabilities by at least two times when compared to older architectures.
“ARM welcomes the latest addition to the successful Exynos Octa 5 series, which uses ARM’s Mali GPU solution to dramatically improve graphics performance. ARM big.LITTLE and ARM Artisan Physical IP technologies continue to be at the heart of the Octa series and now complement the new functionality brought by ARM GPU Compute. This combination enables unprecedented capabilities in areas such as facial detection and gesture control, and brings desktop-quality editing of images and video to mobile devices,” said Pete Hutton, executive vice president & general manager, Media Processing Division, ARM.
Samsung says that mass production for the Exynos 5 Octa 5420 will start in August. This means that the upcoming Galaxy Note III (expected to be officially announced in early September) can use the new CPU.
Meanwhile, to celebrate the introduction of the 5420, Samsung has kicked-off a Twitter giveaway (available only in the US, Canada, and the UK).
All you have to do to enter is tweet with the #ExynosEvolved hashtag. There will be weekly prizes (until October), including 12 Exynos-powered devices, like the Galaxy S4 Zoom, Galaxy Tab 3 8.0, and Chromebook. For more details, including official rules, go here.