by Lucian Armasu, 1 year ago
Meizu have made a name for themselves in China, and their quality and powerful devices are starting to be acknowledged by the West, too, which means that it might not be long until they start…
We've known about the Exynos 5250 for a while now, thanks to other rumors. As such, none of the specs leaked from the slideshow captured by SemiAccurate are breaking news, but it's certainly nice to get confirmation, not just for the Cortex A15 CPU, but also for the Mali T604 MP4 GPU and the LPDDR3 1600 MHz RAM that this chip supports.
The Exynos 5 will have a dual-core 2 Ghz Cortex A15 chip, coupled with the next-gen Mali T604 GPU built on the Midgard GPU architecture, that should be several times more powerful than a Mali-400 (5x according to ARM). It will also have 2.1 Gpixels/s rendering speed and 12.8 GB/s 64 bit memory bandwidth, which should help a lot with 3D games, because lately memory bandwidh has been a bottleneck for mobile gaming. The whole chip will be built on Samsung's 32nm HKMG manufacturing process.
If this chip is just being showcased right now, chances are that we will not see it at least until mid/late summer or even until fall this year. I don't really see anything competing with it, except the Qualcomm S4 with the Adreno 320 GPU (possibly weaker than Mali T-604 too), and, even then, the S4 will need to run at slightly higher clock-speeds to be competitive.
The first device in which we'll see this Exynos 5 should be a next-gen Galaxy Tab, as rumored before. Once we see Cortex A15 tablets with 2+ Ghz per core, and 2 GB of 1600 Mhz LPDDR3 RAM, we'll start seeing these devices as more than just nice-to-have toys. It's also possible we'll see at least one smartphone rocking the Exynos 5 by the end of the year. If it will be the next Nexus device, it will be even better, though unlikely if it's going to be made by HTC or LG.