New Samsung Exynos 5 Octa announced, 20% better processing with double the graphics power



After being teased last week, Samsung is finally ready to pull the curtain on their latest Exynos 5 Octa. Announced via press release, the new 5420’s biggest feature is the new six-core Mali-T628 MP6 GPU (an industry first) that is said to deliver 2x’s more 3D graphics power vs their previous model. The new Exynos 5 Octa also features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A15’s clocked at 1.8GHz and 4 “smaller” Cortex A7’s cores clocked at 1.3GHz in a big.LITTLE configuration.

While not as dramatic as their new GPU, the CPU brings 20% better processing power (better than nothing, right?). The SoC also features dual-channel LPDDR3 clocked to 933MHz, providing 14.9GBps of memory bandwidth. Because of this, the new Exynos 5 Octa brings support for full HD WiFi display.

Lastly, multiple image compression (MIC) for pictures and video means the processor has to work less hard to display them, resulting in less battery strain. Something OEMs could definitely use more of.  Still no word on exactly which of Samsung’s upcoming devices will be the first to feature the SoC, but mass production is said to be kicking off this August. Let’s hope that this time around, Samsung is able to provide for better developer support.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Anndddd the US will never see this.

    1. Snapdragon 800 is not too shabby though. LTE vs weaker clock speeds on a power saving configured processor. Your choice?

    2. doesn’t the US Note 2 have an Exynos?

      1. Yup. Rocking it as we speak. Was hoping to rock this new processor in the Note 3 but not if production isn’t starting until next month.

      2. The E4GT (Sprint GS2) had the Exynos processor as well.

    3. It might, they have had over 3-4 months to work on it. last year the Exynos 4 wasn’t LTE capable than when the Note 2 came out it was, so hopefully the same goes with this. Note 3 will be beast with this on board.

  2. I really hope this thing delivers the power it’s claiming. I’d love to see this in the Galaxy Note III.

    1. I hope the Note 3 has a Snapdragon 800. The power of the Note 2 is great, but Exynos suck for development. I hate not having AOSP roms that work 100%.

      1. AOSP can be pretty bland.

        1. Yeah, but touchwiz is bloated with a bunch of stuff I don’t use. I like AOKP and Carbon. They have just what I want and not a bunch of bloat.

          1. True that. I like aosp too, it just needs some features from custom ROMs and some touchwiz features that I like.

  3. This sounds like the processor Samsung wanted to released from the start. They should have just held the S4 back a little and released it with the finished SoC.

    1. You mean hold back 4-6 months? That would have been suicide.

      1. Why would that be suicide? People are still buying the S3 and S4 sales haven’t been that good. In hindsight, seems like that would have been an excellent plan.

        1. Do you know how important release sales are? If they delayed the S4 then much of that would have gone to the HTC One or iphone. That’s not acceptable at a time when growth in mobile is slowing and there is pressure on the company’s earnings. Furthermore, a delay would have signaled to investors that there were production problems. You just don’t make missteps like that when you’re a market leader.

          Besides, there is always something new and 2x more powerful over the horizon. If you delay because something better is 4 months away then you’ll always be on the sidelines waiting.

          1. Exactly. Besides the average consumer doesn’t no weather their S4 has dual, quad, or octa core. As long as its fast the specs or the manufacturer of the processor isn’t important to them.

  4. “Let’s hope that this time around, Samsung is able to provide for better developer support.”

    This. x1111111111

  5. Did someone just say double the graphics power O.o, OMG it has the new mali, Exynos is bacccckkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!

    1. It’s actually 2.3 times the GPU in ‘older’ Exynos Octa.

      Also, it has OpenGL ES 3.0 support unlike 544MP3 in older Octa.

  6. I’m guessing we won’t see this in any phone of theirs until 2014.

  7. I’d rather have double the battery life.

  8. Cpu wise this this new exynos might as fast as other SoC with A15 with similar clock. With the new gpu configuration will this be faster than adreno 330 and and geforce 72 cores ULP in tegra 4?

  9. My 1st thoughts when I saw the picture was that a new racing app was coming out. I feel slightly deceived. =./

  10. And then you can flash a fully functional paranoid android to cover up that touch wi… Oh wait, lol, no you can’t. No one supports exynos. Have fun with that guys.

  11. I can’t wait. :-)

  12. small incremental updates.. definitely price gouging

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