It’s a little surprising to see Samsung already announcing the successor to Exynos 5 Octa, which was recently launched in April on the Galaxy S4. Well, as it is, the next gen Exynos 5 Octa has gone official and would be giving the Snapdragon 800 some serious competition.
The new 5420 variant of the family comes with four Cortex A9 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, paired with four Cortex A7 cores clocked at 1.3GHz in ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture. The new SoC has been equipped with a six core Mali T628 GPU (instead of PowerVR solution on the earlier version) to give the SoC double 3D graphic processing capabilities over its predecessor. CPU power stands at 20 percent greater than before. The chip also comes with a dual-channel LPDDR3 at 933MHz for a memory bandwidth of 14.9 gigabytes per second. Naturally, there’s support for OpenGL® ES 3.0 and Full Profile Open CL 1.1.
Of course these are just raw numbers for now and once we get some benchmark scores, we’ll be able to decide whether Samsung supersedes Qualcomm for the title of the maker of the fastest ARM processors or not. Samsung has stated that the mass production will begin in August. So we’re expecting Galaxy Note III to feature the new processor.