Samsung introduces their first 64-bit chipset — the Exynos 7 Octa


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Samsung has revealed a new chipset with a first for their long-standing Exynos line — it’s 64-bit goodness. It’s being called the Exynos 7 Octa, a 20nm setup that features four Cortex-A57 cores and four Cortex-A53 cores in a big.LITTLE configuration. That means any of the cores from any of the two sets of processors may be in use at any time, and usually contributes to a healthy mix of high power and high efficiency. Samsung says it offers 57% performance improvement over the previous generation.

For graphics, you can expect an ARM Mali T-760 GPU that is said to offer an improvement rate of 74%. It enables the use of 2560 x 1440 and 2560 x 1600 displays, and can also support simultaneous photo and video capture at 16 megapixels and 5 megapixels for the rear and front cameras, respectively (both at 30 frames per second). Not too shabby, and for typical use cases — like gaming — it should prove to be more than enough for any user’s needs.

Interestingly enough, it appears that the Exynos 7 Octa is actually nearly the same as the Exynos 5433 that is featured in international versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, with the only difference being that the Exynos 7 Octa offers 64-bit support. That should effectively erase buyer’s remorse for anyone who was thinking their smartphones were immediately outdated by this announcement (especially for North American folks who are on Qualcomm-made configurations anyway).

Samsung didn’t have many more details to offer such as clock speeds, though we imagine we’ll be hearing a lot more about this new generation of Exynos in 2015 as Samsung looks to use it in all their flagship products.

[via Samsung]

Quentyn Kennemer
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  1. So, do we think this will make it into the Edge or S6?

    1. I don’t see any reason why this shouldn’t

      1. Hopefully not, if is was available right now it would be impressive but it’s not. Released a year from now it will be disappointing.

        1. You’re saying it would be disappointing in the s6? I’ve never gotten an S series Galaxy phone, but they appear to never be Samsung’s absolute best. Samsung seams to go all out with the Note series, so I am thinking this may make it into the S6.
          With the Edge still unannounced for an availability date, who knows? Maybe they will throw it in last second?

          1. You’ve got it wrong, it’s nothing to do with going all out on one device.

            They can only use what’s available at the time of release and since the Note devices are released 6 month later they inevitability get hardware upgrades, such is the pace of technology.

            But returning to my original point, do you think it’s impressive to announce a new SoC that can only just outperform the current devices that are available on the market? I don’t.

            Snapdragon 810 will be faster than this, nvidia’s K1 already outperforms this new SoC and supports 64Bit (Nexus 9). Granted it’s not available in a smartphone but that’s where we currently are with performance.


          2. One specific counterpoint: The Note 3 (late 2013) had 3gb of ram, and the S5 had 2gb of ram (early 2014).

          3. Galaxy Note is a larger device with a stylus marketed towards productivity and multitasking, that’s why it has 3GB of memory.

            Key word there is marketed, it’s for marketing purposes. The end user doesn’t see any benefit from having 3GB vs 2GB right now.
            My phone has 3Gb of memory but I don’t see any benefit over my tablet which was 2GB and neither will anyone else.

  2. This is going to make me wait for the next gen phones, maybe 2015 late Q1 or Q2. My Galaxy S3 is still holding up :).

    1. dang, you’re a trooper! Take it you got an extended battery pack for that thing?

      1. My daughter still has a S3, haven’t upgraded her yet because I’m debating whether or not to leave Sprint for T-Mobile.

      2. Most of the time I’m close to a charger at my work desk or at home. It doesn’t last very long when I’m outing about, so I need to take it easy then.

  3. Already seen benchmarks of this at slower speeds with Exynos 5433, CPU performance is good, GPU performance slightly better than Adreno 420.

    For a next generation SoC it’s certainly an improvement for Samsung but looking towards the future I don’t think it’s enough.

  4. I believe the apps still have to be written to take advantage of a 64 bit architecture, meaning at first most apps – except probably for the Google Apps – will perform very similar or the same.

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