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Are Google and Samsung working on an Exynos 5250-based device?

May 14, 2012

Now that we’ve (almost) closed the big book of rumors on the Samsung Galaxy S3, it’s time to play the guessing game on what device Google and Samsung are working on together!

We know that it’s highly likely that Samsung will be Google’s choice for the next Nexus phone, which traditionally comes out at  the end of the year. But the latest report from Sam Mobile might provide us a clue about something even bigger. The website reports that Adam Green, a known ROM developer (maker of Oxygen), has found some lines of code on Google’s Git Repository that seem to lift the curtain on a next-gen Android device that Google and Samsung are collaborating on.

The problem is we’re not sure if the code belongs to a tablet or a phone. From the kernel code, the device will sport the Exynos 5250 processor, a Mali GPU (vithar), a s5K4e5 camera, a s5k6a3 camera, a wm8994 sound chip, and a S6E8AB0 display with 1280 x 800 resolution. These various components could very well belong to a smartphone, but we can’t rule out that the device is actually a tablet.

The Eyxnos 5250, also known as the Exynos 5 Dual, will mark Samsung’s leap to the Cortex-A15 architecture. Like the Exynos 4 Quad, however, it will still use a 32nm HKMG technology. Back in March, Samsung’s Senior Manager at Mobile Marketing Massimiliano Villani said that the Exynos 5250 will be “the first processor able to natively drive a WQXGA display.”

So, what’s the chance of Samsung letting Google use its considerably advanced Exynos 5250 processor in the next Nexus phone? Let’s just say that manufacturers are lining up to grab that coveted spot, with the Nexus tablet already reserved for Asus. So yeah, it is not an unlikely proposition.

We know that there’s still a limited amount of information out there, but speculation is part of the fun of waiting for the next “wow” phone or tablet, right? Do you think that the code refers to the next Nexus phone? Or will Google surprise us and release a couple of Nexus tablets?