‘Evolved’ Samsung Exynos 5 Octa teased, launching next week

by: Andrew GrushJuly 18, 2013

Exynos 5 Octa

Move over original Exynos 5 Octa, after such a short time on the market, you’re already being replaced by something better! Earlier today, Samsung took to Twitter to announced it will be launching a “more powerful, enhanced” version of the Exynos 5 Octa sometime next week.

Any other details?  No, but we can certainly speculate a little.

Regardless of what Samsung is planning, we only have to wait a week to find out.

As you might already know, the current Exynos 5 Octa doesn’t technically run on eight cores. Instead, the Octa has a 1.6GHz quad-core A15 processor for high-intensity tasks and can switch to a lower-powered 1.2GHz quad-core A7 for situations where less power is needed.

For the next Exynos 5 Octa, the change could be as simple as boosting up the clockspeeds provided by the SoC. Then again, it could also have to do with improving integrated features such as adding advanced LTE, or really anything under the sun.

As for the first device to run the processor? If the rumor mill proves correct, it will likely be in at least one version of the Note 3, though don’t expect Samsung to show off their big-screen phone next week. More than likely the announcement will simply be a release a few new technical details about the upcoming SoC.

Regardless of what Samsung is planning, we only have to wait a week to find out. In the meantime the Korean giant is giving fans a chance to win some brand new Exynos-powered devices through their #ExynosEvolved Giveaway.

  • Ivan Myring

    I will guess (for no real reason) that it will have a higher clock (1.8-2.1GHz) and either an improved (I.e. different model) GPU or an over clocked one.

  • jusephe

    iThink they will add octa core GPU to the octa CPU:


    That could be a killer, a true 16 core SoC and first on the market by far

    • Piyush

      too good to be true , oh man now i have to change my pants again ;).

    • hot_spare

      That would be bad. I really mean ‘bad’ in a bad way. Mali450 is a dinosaur in GPU. It’s just a beefed-up Mali400. Not good for present times. It lacks many critical enhancements of modern GPU. Doesn’t matter if it’s 8 core or 16 core.
      BTW, Android is still largely single-threaded. Very few apps can make use of all cores.

  • Lee

    Or batter switching algorithms between the two CPUs for batter power management.And ofcourse enhanced clock speed and A- LTE support.

    • najiy91

      yes,power management is more important(“,)

  • Casin

    Hopefully it has the most important thing the original Octa was missing. Independent core switching. The current E5 can only go all A7 or all A15. ARM’s designs allow independent switching so that while only 4 cores run at a time, it can be a mix of A7s and A15s. The current implementation wastes battery.

    • john

      Give this guy a medal!

    • hung2900

      Actually HPM implementation is the best one. It can go as low as only one core (Cortex A7) in idle, and full 8 cores in full-load (for benchmark lovers, lol), but it is theorical only If the rational power estimation system is very good.

  • John-Phillip Saayman

    I don’t really see the need to upgrade it.. Maybe if some cores handled the whole of touchwiz. Making that run smoother. And other cores kick in when more advanced tasks are done.

  • Roberto Tomás

    If they could get the chip to clock as high as the Snapdragon 800, it would also outperform it (as high as about 37k in AnTuTu, I think).

  • MasterMuffin


    Maybe they are going to make it so that all the 8 cores can actually run at the same time? I know it’s possible because, if I remeber correctly, AA did an article about it. It would give about 10% power boost, if I remember correctly. That with better GPU and LTE-A and Exynos is back in the game!

  • hugoengstrom

    Nexus 10 (2) should have that!

  • RaptorOO7

    It would also be nice if it supported LTE & was available on their US phones neither of which happened last time and I suspect won’t happen again this time.

  • Lodovik

    “Evolved”? “Debugged” would be a better term…

    • kascollet

      That’s it. Octa needed to be FIXED, not upgraded.

  • jjordan

    Think about what they did with the galaxy s3 with the exynos version being international only and then when the note 2 came out they had all variants running the quad 4412 soIim guessing the note 3 will be running this new chip in at least the is variants

  • Mohd Danial

    to all snapdragon 600 users like me.. we feel it. the need for speed. free hardware upgrades to snapdragon 800 for S4 users?..

  • Micro Shaquer

    This is what I’m gonna planning to customize my next smartphone to replace the old but still rocking SGS3.

    So I just want to share the specs I wanted to my possible Galaxy Note 3:-
    1. 6 inches, 2560×1440 pixels at 489 PPI
    2. Super AMOLED Plus with RGB Matrix
    3. Beefier 9500 mAh battery.
    4. Exynos 5 Evolve or Quad core Snapdragon 800
    5. Adreno 330 GPU (Adreno 350 if existing)
    6. 4 GB RAM and 125 GB Internal Memory
    7. 16 MP rear and 5 MP front Camera
    8. UNIBODY Water and Dust Proof Carbon Fiber or not glossy Polycarbonate and Shock Resistant Phone
    9. Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie
    10. Dual SIM support
    11. Bluetooth Headset out of the box to make calls and music listening easy.

    Thickness of the phone is not a problem to me. I want a computer replacement on my hand everywhere I go. I don’t mind paying $1500 for my dream phone.

    • Brian Dong Min Kim

      Your expectations are too overpowered
      1. The note 2 is coming in 5.7 inches with likely a 1920×1080 display
      2.amoled is likely but RGB matrix is not garanteed
      3.9500mAh? Samsung phones are pretty slim. Impossible in today’s standards
      4. 5 evolve? snapdragon 800? i’ll say 3/7 chance.
      5. I don’t think GPUs have to be that high, since most android apps are still single threaded, and my current note 2 is just blasting away apps with ease.
      6. 4GB RAM? wow you must be crazy, 125gb internal? look for a SSD.
      7. 13mp is too high even. unless your printing posters, 3mp front facing is enough. What matters are the sensors.
      8. Expect polycarbonate. You can expect carbon fiber on the S5, but not unibody design.
      9. 5.0? your going to end up with 4.3
      10 Dual Sim? maybe?
      11 hmmm bluetooth handset to cut manufacturing fees? unlikely

      From what you expect, you have to wait a year or so even two for this to be high end standards.

      • Micro Shaquer

        For Samsung to retain it’s top position in Android it has to come non-gimmicky features. The only thing I can think of is to have more decent camera comparable to Lumia 1020 41MP sensor.

        I still wish Samsung can brought to Android similar technology of Lumia 1020 camera because this is new trend aside from the 1080p or full HD screen.

        I am definitely getting Nokia Lumia 1020 and my first W8 but still wishing if this running Android.

        • So you are particular about the camera. Here is my suggestion for you to get what you wish,
          1. Buy a decent professional camera Nikon, Sony, etc.
          2. Buy an s4 google edition [it is not gimmicky]
          3. Buy a glue. Then glue the smartphone at a convenient space in the camera.
          This way you can probably have the specs you dream of.

          • Micro Shaquer

            I just wish PureView technology and 41MP comes to Android whether Nokia or other OEMs could produce similar technology.

            Let this coupled with useful feature from Samsung ‘s Smart Pause,

    • Fantastic dream…I hope at least a dual sim full version Note3 [not a specs degraded version]