“A new Exynos 5 Octa is coming next week!” That’s what a graphic posted to the official Samsung Exynos Twitter is proclaiming, anyway. We don’t really know what will change from the first iteration of the chip, but let’s not worry about that for now. What I really want to know is why we didn’t see the Exynos 5 Octa deployed on a wider scale.
Off the top of my head the only device I can think of that used the chip was the international Samsung Galaxy S4. And now a new one is ready to drop? What are the chances we’ll see that version of the CPU make it into more than one phone?
The obvious candidate to act as a flagship for an updated Exynos chip is the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and we have every reason to believe that phone will use the revamped Exynos 5 Octa — maybe not in all regions, but we can safely bet that the international version of the phone will sport that processor. But if Samsung is going to put time and money into developing silicon for mobile devices, what’s the point if the final product only makes it into one or two handsets (and not even in devices launched in some of the bigger global markets)?
My suggestion: either get things together and switch to using in-house silicon on a majority of releases or get out of the CPU game. It’s clear Samsung has no problem using third-party chips as things stand, so why even bother?