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?