Are Google and Samsung working on an Exynos 5250-based device?

May 14, 2012
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Now that we’ve (almost) closed the big book of rumors on the Samsung Galaxy S3, it’s time to play the guessing game on what device Google and Samsung are working on together!

We know that it’s highly likely that Samsung will be Google’s choice for the next Nexus phone, which traditionally comes out at  the end of the year. But the latest report from Sam Mobile might provide us a clue about something even bigger. The website reports that Adam Green, a known ROM developer (maker of Oxygen), has found some lines of code on Google’s Git Repository that seem to lift the curtain on a next-gen Android device that Google and Samsung are collaborating on.

The problem is we’re not sure if the code belongs to a tablet or a phone. From the kernel code, the device will sport the Exynos 5250 processor, a Mali GPU (vithar), a s5K4e5 camera, a s5k6a3 camera, a wm8994 sound chip, and a S6E8AB0 display with 1280 x 800 resolution. These various components could very well belong to a smartphone, but we can’t rule out that the device is actually a tablet.

The Eyxnos 5250, also known as the Exynos 5 Dual, will mark Samsung’s leap to the Cortex-A15 architecture. Like the Exynos 4 Quad, however, it will still use a 32nm HKMG technology. Back in March, Samsung’s Senior Manager at Mobile Marketing Massimiliano Villani said that the Exynos 5250 will be “the first processor able to natively drive a WQXGA display.”

So, what’s the chance of Samsung letting Google use its considerably advanced Exynos 5250 processor in the next Nexus phone? Let’s just say that manufacturers are lining up to grab that coveted spot, with the Nexus tablet already reserved for Asus. So yeah, it is not an unlikely proposition.

We know that there’s still a limited amount of information out there, but speculation is part of the fun of waiting for the next “wow” phone or tablet, right? Do you think that the code refers to the next Nexus phone? Or will Google surprise us and release a couple of Nexus tablets?

Comments

  • Lance

    How do you know that Samsung will very likely produce the next Nexus?
    I hope Motorola get the nod. The GNex is plagued by rather poor looks and haptics. Next time around the Nexus should be an all around lead device oozing end to end greatness and not just processors speed and the next stock version of android.

    • Mei

      It’s not Samsung who has the final say on how the Galaxy Nexus. It’s a Nexus phone. Samsung is developing it for Google. Google gets the final say on what goes in the phone as well as how it should look.

      As for Motorola making the next Nexus phone. Not a chance. Motorola need to make phones as good as Samsung (workmanship, durability, & reliability) before they are even considered as a candidate for making the next Nexus phone. Also, Google unlikely will select Motorola, since it would further jeopardize their relationships with other manufacturers. Google’s purchasing of Motorola already made other manufacturers wary, they do not want to make it worst by selecting Motorola to make next Nexus phone.

      The support of Android platform by these big manufacturers (Samsung, HTC, Asus, LG, etc) are very critical. Aside from Samsung, there are also other more qualified manufacturers on the list to make Nexus such as HTC, Asus, Sony, etc. Maybe in the future Motorola will have their chance (perhaps when they are no long owned by Google), but now is definitely not the time when the Android platform is still solidifying its foundation.

      • Lance

        Well, I doubt that Google gets to call all the shots with the Samsung Nexus. I doubt that G wanted such a mediocre camera system on their lead device but Samsung didn´t play along bc they wanted to protect their GSII sales. It´s just speculation on my part, however. I mean, Samsung don´t even have a production process in place for a true premium haptics phone now. Looking at the S3, I hope that´s not a very bad omen for the next Nexus phone.

        If I could buy the One X with S4 and stock ICS here in Germany, I´d pick it any day over what Samsung have to offer.

        • http://twitter.com/ScottDreyfus Scott Dreyfus

          Nexus is a developers device and Motorola with all the tasking to lock down their bootloaders are about the farthest thing from what Google and a nexus device stand for. Samsung is committed to pioneering new hardware as fast as they can get it to market.