Trying to get some more juice out of its Exynos 5 Octa chips, Samsung had announced yesterday that it would be enabling Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) solution, that would allow for all eight cores (four Cortex A15 and four Cortex A7) on these chipsets to run simultaneously. That would not only make the SoC more powerful, but also more power efficient according to the company.
It all sounds good, but Samsung didn’t disclose in yesterday’s announcement whether existing Exynos 5 Octa chipsets would be getting the update or not. These would include the Exynos 5 Octa 5410 found in Galaxy S4 and 5420 found in the Note III. Well, that has now been clarified by Meizu, which is another manufacturer that uses Exynos 5 Octa processor in its phone. The company confirmed that the functionality should be enabled on the current SoC via a software update. It specifically talked about MX3 getting the update in the future to enable the features, so it’s a fair bet to assume that Samsung wouldn’t be leaving Galaxy S4 and the Note III in the dark.
The owners of Galaxy S4 and Note III should expect an update to enable the feature in the coming months, though there isn’t an exact timeline on when the update would be rolled out.