Rumor: Galaxy Note 3 to pack eight-core Mali-450 MP GPU in addition to Exynos 5 Octa CPU

by: Chris SmithMay 1, 2013
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Galaxy S4 (left) vs Galaxy Note 2 (right)

A new rumor says that Samsung’s third-generation Galaxy Note 3 will pack an eight-core Mali-450 MP GPU in addition to an Exynos 5 Octa CPU, with the latter having already been mentioned in a few reports detailing the handset.

Sam Mobile has it from its “trusted insider” that the Galaxy Note 3 will be “Samsung’s most wanted device,” with the future device supposedly ready to offer some very interesting specs and features. Even though the publication has delivered accurate rumors on Samsung products in the past, we’re still going to advise you to take everything with a bit of salt, as nothing is yet confirmed by Samsung.

While the Exynos 5 Octa is by now “old news” in the mobile industry, as Samsung’s relatively young SoC has been widely covered and is already available in the international Galaxy S4 version (GT-I9500 model), we haven’t talked that much about the Mali-450 MP graphics processing unit.

The new GPU is not ARM’s current flagship mobile GPU, but having been unveiled only in mid-2012 it will certainly be able to provide a great graphics experience to mobile device users. Allowing up to eight-cores, Mali-450 MP promises to offer double the performance of its predecessor, the Mali-400 MP, which was found in various mobile devices including two Samsung high-end handsets you may have heard of, the Galaxy S2 (clocked at 270MHz) and the Galaxy S3 (clocked at 400MHz).

Comparatively, the Galaxy S4 uses two different GPUs, a PowerVR SGX544MP3 for the Exynos 5 Octa version, and an Adreno 320 for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 version.

That said, the new report goes on to mention other specs and features for the handset, with some of them having been found in previous Galaxy Note 3 stories:

  • 5.99-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with diamond pixel structure (like the one found in the Galaxy S4)
  • eight-core Exynos 5 Octa processor
  • eight-core Mali-450 MP GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 13-megapixel camera
  • Android 4.2.2 / Android 4.3 with TouchWiz Nature UX 2.0

As for the final Galaxy Note 3’s design, Sam Mobile says that Samsung is still undecided, with a flexible display version and a Galaxy S4-like version being apparently still in the cards, which is a detail offered by a previous report also. Presumably, the company is waiting to see whether flexible displays will be available in time for the handset’s launch. However, the site does note that the Galaxy Note 3 will be about the same size as the recently announced Galaxy Mega 5.8, and feature a narrower bezel.

Moving to launch window, the phone is said to be unveiled in August/September, with IFA 2013 being one likely place where Samsung could announce it – previous Galaxy Note version were announced around the same German event. But we don’t have actual release dates for you at this time.

  • MasterMuffin

    Market stunt, put the best PowerVR in! And also, could they be able to get rid of the diamond pixel structure thanks to the 5,99″ screen?

  • IncCo

    Oh yeah, where? In countries that don’t have LTE or 4G i suppose?

  • Bazzaq

    powervr MP4, mali 450 seems old school.

  • whoknowswhereor

    o…m…g… wow. Samsungs flexin it’s muscles big time.

    16 cores total lol.. 4×4 x 4×4


      ARM Mali T-450 ~ 31.68 GFLOPS
      PowerVR SGX544MP3 ~ 51.2 GFLOPS
      ARM Mali T-604 ~ 72.488 GFLOPS

      • jusephe

        PowerVr G6200 MP1 ~ 130 GFLOPS

    • 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. A device with this Big.Little CPU concept is 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.
      For the ARM Mali T-450 its a nice improvement but as Meng Yang said there are stronger GPU’s available, even from ARM itself

  • kirk ngo

    Really 8 cores in a phone?. that’s a bit overboard. 3 GB of ram makes sense but 8 cores in a phone is just too much. A phone doesn’t need that much power and means more battery drain.

    • Bazzaq

      The note isn’t really a phone, it’s a hybrid device bordering onto tablet territory/notebook. When 64 bit chips come out next year with ARM 57 and Mali T678, we’ll be talking 4GB of RAM and 20nm technology, meaning more energy efficiency and near desktop like performance and these will hit top tier phablets more than regular smartphones, the Note and Mega Series perhaps and most likely the GS5 and Sony Togari 2. 8 Cores doesn’t mean all 8 of them will be used.

      Mate, they stopped calling them phones a long time ago, the phone function is now nothing but a mere application on the way to obsolescence which is slowly being replaced by third party social media/networking apps.

    • Arsenal™

      the dislike button says it all

  • RaptorOO7

    The issue is with an Exynos processor developer support will be tough since Samsung doesn’t release info on it. Might not see the love we want.

    Otherwise its a nice device.

  • hoggleboggle

    so it will have a 2 year old core design? i hope not

  • To the Max. I want one


    It will finally beat the iphone 4’s ppi. Only took them 3 years to catch up LOL.

    • Enes Taşdemir

      It has a lot bigger screen you know…

    • jusephe

      actually pentile screen at 440 ppi equals 293 ppi full RGB display in terms of smoothness.

      So yes they caught up in terms of ppi but not in terms of sharpness we actually see.

      • Romulopb

        Please read DisplayMate review what you said did not make a sense

      • Cornstarch

        you’re a moron, read the many display technical sites that says otherwise. This display also covers 93% of Adobe RGB color space and a contrast ratio of 10000:1 compare to Iphone 5 1000:1. Who make Apple’s display, LG, Sharp or Samsung. They invented nothing in hardware

  • AnyManCan

    Oh, Note II, how I’ve loved you. Yet…I smell an upgrade! Decemder 2013? Merry Christmas to me (well, all of us).

  • Crappy Mali 450 GPU sucks…goodbye sammy

  • Dart

    3GB of RAM. My laptop has 3GB of RAM.

    Gotta love mobile technology. Always moving fast.

  • Dave Weinstein

    5.99??? What the hell is wrong with them? Are they actually apologizing for having a 6 INCH screen?

    • jusephe

      Samsung: its not a huge 6 inch screen that our competitors are throwing out, it’s just a little bigger than 5 inches…