Rumor: Samsung Coming to Mobile World Congress With 2GHz Exynos 5250 Tablet


While some are wondering what’s going on with a quad-core Exynos processor of some sort, most of us know that Samsung still has yet to push the boundaries of dual-core. Their Exynos chipset series is one of the most efficient, fast and capable chipsets around and the Exynos 5250 will take things a step further.

It’s an ARM Cortex-A15 chipset that will boast a 2GHz clock speed, all the while sucking even less power than some of their earlier chipsets. The chip has begun sampling, according to Samsung, and will hit mass production sometime in Q2’12.

This gives them a good timeline to put the chip into an early device and showcase it at a recent event. Taylor Wimberly from Android & Me says that recent device could be a new Galaxy Tab and that the show could be Mobile World Congress in a new rumor.

The device they’re looking to bring out is reportedly bigger than 10 inches. Yes, I know – it’s hard to imagine anything bigger than 10 inches to be considered wieldy enough for practical use. “Well what if the device is just 10.1 inches,” I asked myself. That’d be plausible if not for the belief that it will come with a WXQGA display (2560×1600), something that the Exynos 5250 will indeed support.

Wimberly reportedly saw a prototype device of the same cloth but was unable to take photos of it. We’re not sure if his rumor stems from that device alone but we can’t say excitement will drape all over us if it did.

Prototypes and development devices are usually specced well beyond what is usually necessary for consumer use. We do hope to see a device of some sort with the Exynos 5250 at MWC, though.

I can confirm that Samsung System LSI was indeed on-hand at CES showing off top secret prototypical Exynos devices, however I was not ultimately granted permission to take a look myself.

In my meeting with them they sounded like they had a product ready to show off in the very near future. We’re hoping this rumor holds true and we’ll be at Mobile World Congress to see whatever they’re willing to show.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. That’s great Samsung, now how about getting your chips to work with LTE and actually put them in some American devices!

    1. Galaxy Nexus?

      1. Is not Exynos

        1. That’s what she said (when her mouth was full!).   Supposed to be Nexus but sounded like Exynos.

    2. Their new Exynos will work with LTE.

      1. And we’ll probably have to wait until the SGSIII to get it, which will be September.

        1. yea.. if we’re “lucky”

    3. Samsung don’t aim their builds at the american market, they build for an international market first, most of which doesn’t have LTE.  They will incorporate LTE support as and when its needed.

      1. I know they sell millions outside of the US, but with 250+ million cell phone accounts in this country, doesn’t it seem like a good idea?

  2. Quad-core 2ghz.  That would be kickass in a tablet!

    1. It’s dual core.

      1. dual core with quad processors per core.  figure that out on a friday before happy hour!  MIND BOGGLING!!!

        1. At no time would 2 * 4 be mind boggling…

    2. Cortex A15 is almost twice as powerful as Cortex A9. It doesn’t need to be quad core for now, although I would love a dual core Cortex A15 + dual core Cortex A7 chip in big.Little configuration.

  3. Unless it supports LTE, nothing to see here.  Move along…

    1. no need when wifi is everywhere.  Move along indeed!  It needs to support wifi ac though.

      1. wifi may be everywhere in the US but not in Australia. We just got our first 4G network up and running a week or so ago and a 4G phone from Samsung is more than welcome!

  4. Edit: Removed

    1. /facepalm

      When will people like you learn that these newer processors consume less battery.

      1. I just said it was a joke.  I know it won’t.

    2. Except it won’t because if you actually knew anything about A15, you would know it is ridiculously battery efficient.

    3. You should just delete that.

  5. They better have this instead of the quad core A9 is the GSIII. I don’t want to buy a A9 device when A15 is right around the corner.

    1. Same here. Im due for an upgrade soon,  but cant bear to buy anything until either sprint lte phones start to come out, or something with an a15 SoC

  6. I don’t think Samsung will announce a tablet with a display any better than 1920×1200. More than that would be overkill anyways

    1. As long as it has a desktop-sized resolution I’ll be buying it. The only thing holding me back from current tablets (excluding the new Transformer Prime) is the low resolution. When I remote desktop into my work machine or desktop at home with my girlfriends Tab 10.1 I don’t like to pan around the screen.. I want the entire desktop to fit to my tablet’s screen.

    2. Samsung has been working on a 2560×1600 display for tablets since last year.

    3. no such thing as overkill.  You must look at spreadsheets and powerpoint all day.   there are users for higher res displays.

      1. The most popular 15″ laptop display resolution is 1366×768 these days.
        I don’t see how a 10″ tablet would need more than 1920×1200. More resolution is always better but the cost must stay resonable too. Would you pay an extra $100 to get 2560×1600 over 1920×1200? I wouldn’t.

    4. Like it or not, 1920×1200 is not the end, and more is definitely not considered overkill by many customers (including me).  Toshiba has demonstrated 2560×1600 in a 6.1″ panel (498 PPI), and we will probably see this resolution in a 10″ (302 PPI) to 11″ (274 PPI) panel soon.  For me, 300 PPI really is the magic number for any device I can place at 11″ view distance (phone or tablet – I’m going to have them both close, but not a TV obviously).  11″ with 60 pixels per deg is 313 PPI.  The iPhone is 326 PPI, Galaxy Nexus 316, and Galaxy Note 285 (I’d rather they shrunk the screen a bit).  Pretty soon, anything less than 300 won’t be in the game.  1920×1200 at 300 PPI is about 7.5″  So it’s an OK resolution for 7″ tablets, but not 10″ ones.

      1. Why for tablets and not laptops and desktops, which both have a much lower PPI number?
        A laptop and a tablet are hold at about the same distance.

        1. My laptop is 1920×1200 15.4″  It’s the densest I could find at the time (a few years ago).  I’m sure we will see the 2560×1600 standard move to laptops also.  I don’t know why tablets seem to drive the market these days with talk of better resolution and not laptops.  Perhaps it’s because although you can get that close (11″) to a laptop screen, when you are typing on the keyboard and sitting at a desk with elbows not too bent, you are more like 22″ away. Hence a PPI of 147 PPI (my laptop) is tolerable when it is that far away.

    5. I agree. My 52″ TV has a lower resolution than that, and you need to be within a few feet to start to see pixels. On a screen 40inches smaller, I thing 1920×1200 if plenty. Now, I wouldnt complain about a higher resolution, but I wouldnt pat more for it either. Especially since nothing runs on that resolution anyways, it’d still be 720p or 1080p standard

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