Galaxy Note 3 to feature Exynos 5 Octa chip, Galaxy S4 left out?

by: Chris SmithJanuary 16, 2013


The Exynos 5 Octa eight-core mobile chip was one of the new products that Samsung unveiled at CES 2013 last week. However, the company failed to tell us which future Android devices will user the high-end power-efficient processor this year.

We speculated at the time of the announcement that flagship handsets like the upcoming Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 could benefit from a faster processor that’s also more efficient. But a new report reveals that the Galaxy Note 3 will pack the new SoC, at least according to unnamed Samsung execs, with the Galaxy S4 was left out of the conversation for the time being.

The Korea Times reveals that Samsung took advantage of CES to initiate talks with various Chinese Android smartphone makers, including Huawei and ZTE, which could become potential chip buyers.

The publication says that Samsung is interested in replacing business lost from Apple with new partners that could use mobile chips in their handsets this year, especially Chinese companies that are starting to make more and more interesting Android smartphones and phablets.

At CES, Samsung “top” execs including Samsung Electronics CEO Kwon Oh-hyun met with Huawei and ZTE officials to discuss potential deals, according to a senior-level Samsung executive.


And it’s apparently the same source(s) that told the newspaper that the new Octa processor will be found inside of the future Note:

Samsung plans to use the Octa core processor in the upcoming 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 3, which will debut later this year, according to the officials.

Huawei and ZTE officials did aknowledge the meetings with Samsung, therefore confirming the Samsung exec’s disclosures to The Korea Times:

“Yes, we were approached by Samsung. If the firm offers favorable conditions, there’s no reason to deny the new business,’’ said a Huawei official.

ZTE has also publicized its interests to do business with Samsung. “Smartphones are our bread and butter. The market is exploding. We need better chips with better pricing,’’ said a ZTE official during a separate meeting.

In light of that, we should assume the person that talked to the publication has some idea of Samsung’s 2013 smartphone strategy, including plans related to chip use in future devices like the Galaxy Note 3.

However, with that in mind, and considering we’re certainly a long way from seeing the Galaxy Note 3 become official, we have no way of confirming any Galaxy Note 3 details at this point even though it certainly makes sense to see the new Exynos 5 Octa inside the future phablet.

And since we’re talking about unreleased devices, what about the Galaxy S4? Will the next Galaxy S handset sport a different Exynos chip, maybe one of the currently available ones?

  • THE s4 will pack it, and i can explain why. Marketing. Samsung should be aware that this year will be much tougher than 2012, with all the new phones, SoC’s, competition, Samsung need any edge they can get. If they put a Octa Core CPU in the Galaxy S4, they will have AMAZING marketing. you can figure out the rest :P

    • R7ex

      Yup. Now, with the 600 in the S4, many people are in favour of the HTC One.

  • Whatsbeefy

    6.3 galaxy note3? No thanks I’m good with my nexus 7. Lol
    Are they seriously going to make phones bigger? I can’t wait for a 10 inch phone that will compete with the 10in tablets like the iPads

    • If you take the GN2 we have now, and remove a good portion of the bezel, you can squeeze a 6.3 inch screen in there without increasing the bulk of the device. I for one, cannot wait to get my hands on a Note 3

      • 1ceTr0n

        After looking at the pic with the GN2 and the Mate side by side, I don’t see how thats phsyically possible.

    • James

      6.3 sounds ridiculous and it probably is, but 6.3 will be a lot smaller than your Nexus 7. Why? None to almost no bezel surrounding the screen.

    • Rand

      Believe it or not, Phones WILL slowly change into tablets. the flexible displays and 6 inch hybrids are a slow amalgamation to merge the two together, but if the phone is to have a much higher screen res with much more powerful processors, it will be going the way of a larger screen and eventually morph into the tablet. Similar with the Nokia Morph concept, however if i’m being realistic, 2019/20 seems the earliest we’ll see these this truly all in one devices. Plus I believe this is the year we will finally start seeing OEMs reducing the bezel to a bare minimum.

  • The Galaxy Note 3 will be wider in length, not bigger, like the Note 2.

  • 1ceTr0n

    Go Note, or go home.

  • yungqb7

    Just give me a release date for the gs4 already. I can’t wait to get rid of this LG Revolution!

  • William

    I, for one, want a Note 3.

  • Brendan

    Do either of these phones really need an Octa-core processor? That just seems ridiculous and way to big of a jump for smartphones at this point in time. Just throw in a quad-core Eyxnos 5 chip in both and it’s all good. No need for an Octa-core processor. That’s just ridiculous.

    • MasterMuffin

      There are still so many people who just don’t get it… do some research and then come back to comment!

    • R7ex

      Do a search on “big.LITTLE”, so as to understand the principle behind the 4+4 cores.

  • Filip Justin

    I have the Note 2 and it feels too big.. I wish the S4 is gonna get the Octa..

    • Eldershadow

      It’s not big. It’s just that you are used to hold smaller things in your hand

      • harrold

        I am TEN and I think the Galaxy Note 1/2 as NORMAL. ( I think the iPhone and S3 are mini)

    • R7ex

      For it, its not big enough!
      My pants pocket can use a bigger phone.

  • I’m not getting the note 3. Not until Samsung can prove to me that they intend on fully supporting the note 2 and 1 properly with Android updates. I’ll be incredible annoyed if they release the note 3 with the latest Android without updating note 2/1 (unless they have valid technical reasons, and not because the screen isn’t big enough!).

    I love my n2, but I’m not a samdroid freak like those sad Apple fans that line up 3 weeks in advanced to buy any crud from California. I need justification first!

  • R7ex

    Won’t be surprised if the Note 3 uses the Snapdragon 800 for the LTE regions.

    However, if its a 1.7GHz Exynos Octa, then hopefully, it’ll come with the Mali-T624 GPU instead of the PowerVR SXG 544MP4.