Earlier this morning Samsung announced that its new top of the line processor, the Exynos 5 Octa, is scheduled to begin mass production in the second quarter of this year.

Considering that carriers are reportedly aiming for a late April release for the Galaxy S4, it’s now clear why Samsung decided to use two different SoCs for the US and International variations. Supply of the Exynos 5 Octa chips is clearly going to be limited for the first few months, so picking the next best processor, the Snapdragon 600, to fill the void makes perfect business sense.

The Exynos 5 Octa will be manufactured using Samsung’s latest 28-nanometer HKMG (High-k Metal Gate) process, as we expected. This process will see the chip save on power efficiency, compared with larger die sizes, thanks to reduced static leakage. 28nm also means that Samsung can produce more chips on the same amount of silicon, so hopefully there won’t be a shortage of supply.

The post also confirms some the finer features of Samsung’s new SoC, including support for full HD 60fps video recording and play-back, a 13 mega-pixel 30fps image signal processor, a USB 3.0 interface, and support for WQXGA 2560×1600 resolution displays.

As well as for use in the Galaxy S4, moving into mass production as early as Q2 this year opens the door for a host of smartphones and tablets using the Exynos 5 Octa to launch later on in the year. I’m betting on an octo-core Exynos 5 tablet at some point this year to improve on the dual core Exynos 5 used in the Nexus 10.

Robert Triggs
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  • Bone

    So the 1st 10-20mil SIV units will all featuew SD600?

  • chris pinkston

    I won’t buy if it comes with sd600 in U.S. Think tech people Are going to feel cheated after all this talk of this soc and they don’t even get it in their region. People dealt with it the first time with gs3. I want the best samsung has to offer, not a substitute that’s not on par. I know the adreno 320 won’t be able to match the sgx544 clocked at over 500mhz. Ddont have much faith that the krait cpu cores will match the true A15 cores on the exynos either.

    • flamencoguy

      Because the USA uses CDMA. Rest of the world uses GSM. They had to make that choice. Blame the US carriers. Qualcomm invented CDMA and make the SD600 etc
      There are other issues at play.

      • Twisted247

        I don’t think carriers or the cdma/gsm is the issue. It’s the fact that the demand won’t be met considering they haven’t even put the Exynos5410 on mass production yet. They said that was the issue with the gs3 yet the same chip with LTE was shipped on the Note2.. They just release sh*! before they are ready and the U.S. customers have to take the hit for it which is complete BS.

        No way in hell would I buy the S4 without the Exynos 5410 on board..If I want a SD600 I can go with any other flagship.

        Note 3 my money is waiting(Samsung don’t mess up the Gn3 or we will nuke you!!!)

  • waiting for Note 3 baby

    • WFerreira

      Hope it come with the exynos! Can’t wait to the release!

  • Dragonetti

    Samsung Exynos 5 (8/octa core) SOC is nothing more than the by ARM
    developed Big.Little concept ( ) 4x a cortex A15 for the heavy work load and 4x a cortex A7 for power saving/lower work load to save the battery life of a device with this Big.Little concept and as such is more a dual quad core in a SoC that utilizes only one quad core part at any given time. That hole 8 (octa) core techno babble is very misleading towards buyers/users.

    IMO it will not be faster than the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600. For the power save
    option of both SoC’s is to little information available to say anything, we have to wait the reviews/comparison of them.