For more than half a year, we’ve had more than enough Galaxy S3 rumors. Some of them were pretty crazy, like the 1080p screen, while others were predictable (the quad core Exynos 4412 chip). Samsung delivered some of the more predictable ones, while it failed to hit the target on others (Pentile screen), and also disappointed some people with the design and build quality. These have been some of the major flaws of all Galaxy S devices, and yet Sammy didn’t do much to address them.
So with that in mind, you should always be at least a bit skeptical about all rumors, especially the ones appearing months ahead of the supposed launch of a device. But as the [...]
We’ve known about the Exynos 5250 for a while now, thanks to other rumors. As such, none of the specs leaked from the slideshow captured by SemiAccurate are breaking news, but it’s certainly nice to get confirmation, not just for the Cortex A15 CPU, but also for the Mali T604 MP4 GPU and the LPDDR3 1600 MHz RAM that this chip supports.
The Exynos 5 will have a dual-core 2 Ghz Cortex A15 chip, coupled with the next-gen Mali T604 GPU built on the Midgard GPU architecture, that should be several times more powerful than a Mali-400 (5x according to ARM). It will also have 2.1 Gpixels/s rendering speed and 12.8 GB/s 64 bit memory bandwidth, which should help a [...]
The Intel Atom “Medfield” chip will finally be available in some smartphones this year, after Intel promised for at least 3 years that they would enter the smartphone market. Unfortunately for Intel, I think they are just rushing in with Medfield, because I don’t think it’s competitive enough in power consumption, and it’s quickly losing the performance game, too. That’s without even considering that x86 hardware (not a SoC yet) is still several times more expensive than an ARM SoC.Power Consumption
Intel might get to the same power consumption level with 22nm, but I think by then they will lose the performance game. To [...]
Dual core or quad core? Which should you pick? If the decision was that simple, I’m sure most people would just go with the quad core chip. But what if the dual core chip this time is more powerful than the quad core one? From what we’ve seen in the benchmarks so far, it seems that the S4 beats the quad core Tegra 3 in most situations, except in some browsing tests and graphics tests.
So how can this be? A single core of the Krait chip is simply based on a more advanced and newer chip architecture, that allows it to be more powerful than the Cortex A9 core inside Tegra 3. Tegra 3 is almost at the end of its lifecycle (at least as high-end devices go), [...]
Remember that just around the time when the Galaxy S 2 was being launched in US, there were rumors about the Galaxy S3 launching as soon Q1 2012? Some people were upset about it arriving so early, especially Americans who just got theirs, while others were wondering if that would even be possible.
Technically, I think it’s possible for a true next-gen device to replace the previous version after only 9 months. But this can only be done by the best and the most efficient manufacturers in the industry right now – like Samsung, HTC and even Motorola (disregarding the Bionic here). Others like Sony Ericsson or Nokia are much slower, and need at least 12 months [...]
Last November Samsung said they were working on a dual core 2 Ghz Cortex A15 chip called Exynos 5250. A dual core 2 Ghz Cortex A15 chip should be at least 2.5x as powerful as the current dual core 1.2 Ghz Cortex A9 chip in Galaxy S 2. And that’s a difference that you will feel in real world performance, unlike with current quad core chips, where you might feel an improvement in performance, but not twice as big, and only for certain apps and games.
This chip will apparently use the much more powerful Mali T604 GPU, which should be about 5x as powerful as the current Mali, according to ARM. And it will apparently be used to power the resolution of the next-gen [...]