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

May 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.

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