New Exynos chip teased for CES 2014 – is it going to be Samsung’s first 64-bit CPU?

December 28, 2013

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Samsung on Friday posted a teaser message on its Exynos Twitter account for the company’s upcoming Exynos chips that are expected to be unveiled in the following days, at CES 2014.

The tweet also included an image (see above), with a clear indication that on January 7, 2014, Samsung will make some sort of Exynos announcement – the tagline used is “Flying even higher in 2014.”

Does that mean Samsung’s upcoming generation of custom chips will feature 64-bit support? Or does it mean the processors have heterogeneous multi-processing (HMP) capabilities out of the box? Maybe both?

Samsung has already confirmed that it’s working on its own 64-bit chips, and it may become the third company to make such mobile chips following Apple and Qualcomm. But it’s too early to know whether the next-gen Exynos chips that will be unveiled at CES 2014 will have 64-bit support, since these processors are expected to equip devices in the second half of next year.

As for HMP powers, SamMobile has apparently leaned that the Exynos 6 Octa – the next Exynos generation – will have HMP enabled from the get-go, meaning that future smartphones and tablets that will have a new Exynos chip inside will use true octa-core chips. While the current Exynos 5 Octa chips have eight cores, they’re only using one of the four-core clusters at a time, depending on workload. MediaTek on the other hand, has already launched the first true mobile chip ready to use all of the available eight cores.

According to the publication, the Exynos 5410 in the Galaxy S4 is missing HMP implementation at both hardware and software level, meaning that Samsung will not be able to activate it via a software update in the future. However, the Exynos 5420 in the Galaxy Note 3 does have HMP at hardware level, which could be activated in the future, at least in theory.

Also worth mentioning is that Samsung has an #UnlockExynos promotion going on via Twitter right now – the teaser tweet above includes the hashtag as well – with various prizes for lucky winners including two Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets, four Samsung Chromebook laptops and eight Samsung Exynos Prize packs.

We’ll be back with more details about Samsung’s CES 2014 Exynos announcements in the following days.

Comments

  • MasterMuffin

    No support from me ever for a device that has Exynos >:(

    • Jayfeather787

      Snapdragon FTW!

      • Jacques Hragar

        Snapdragon or tegra FTW

        • Jayfeather787

          Tegra is good too.

  • AndroidBoss

    Hopefully this will make Touchwiz more enjoyable; or even stop the lag here and there.

    • Azeem

      If they optimize it right.

    • Shark Bait

      Hopefully they will ditch touch wiz for something new and good looking!

      • apianist16

        That’s even better!

        • Shark Bait

          They really need to, Sony , HTC, and motorla all look sleek, modern and nice, where as Samsung and lg look cartoony and crap to me

    • Ichibanmugen

      no lag on my note 3 snapdragon

  • Wes

    Why isn’t anyone talking about Intel?

    • Joshua Hill

      Chips are too expensive compared to competitors. They do get talked about but obviously not as much as you’d like.

    • pirlou

      I also waiting for intel x86 atom 64-bit for tablet, support full Win8.1, should be out on Q1 2014.

      As for phone I always think ARM is better.

    • Roberto Tomás

      basically, Intel isn’t in the game yet. some day they will be… either as a primary manufacturer or as a fab.

  • Jayfeather787

    This is really cool. In my opinion, Snapdragon is still the king of the processors, but Exynos has some good ideas. Like MasterMuffin said, there will be significantly less developer support for an Exynos device, and thus, I would never get a device that did not have a Snapdragon in it. Also, in the article, where it says “…SamMobile has apparently leaned that the Exynos 6 Octa…”
    Do you mean leaked?

    • Joshua Hill

      People always forget the Exynos powered Galaxy S2 was and still is probably the best supported Android smartphone ever but peoples bias always gets in the way of objective discussion.

      • Jayfeather787

        That’s right, I forgot about that, sorry. The S2 was one of the best phones. It has amazing developer support.

        • Joshua Hill

          I haven’t really checked but based on your comment and others like it I assume the S3, S4, Note 2 & Note 3 have had limited developer support. What I really want to know is what has changed at Samsung re: Exynos and what’s changed at the developer end.

          • Jayfeather787

            Note 3 used to have no developer support at all. It’s better now though.

          • Joshua Hill

            The Note 3’s been released for less than 3 months so I imagine the next 3 months will continue to see developer support grow. I suspect the Galaxy S variants without the need for stylus support would get better developer support than the Note series.

            TL;DR Exynos developer support might not be as bad as people have stated

  • mrmqan

    hopefully Knox they realise that consumers and developers dont want knox and remove that piece of shite

  • oqey

    As much as I love Android I can only regret that Apple product doesn’t appeal to me. Samsung galaxy note products does appeal to me but oh my god how they suck! Always laggy with each iteration.
    The only benefactor of these higher performance of processor is samsung. They more punch the processor packs the more bigger touchwhiz get leading to even more laggy device.
    Samsung can bring out the fastest processor they care to farm but consumers never truly experience the benefits. Their devices still lags and stutter.

    • Roberto Tomás

      Yea I have to admit, if Apple made Android devices (or Tizen devices) I’d think they were a decent company.

  • Roberto Tomás

    The graphic makes it clear that the device will be on a smaller process. Either 20 or 14 I suppose. :)

    Qualcomm hasn’t actually produced any 64 bit chips, Samsung could still be #2 in the non-server market!