See the latest 8-core processor technology in action on common apps
Samsung announced yesterday that come Q4 it would have technology in its new Exynos 5 Octa processors to take advantage of all 8 cores simultaneously, and today ARM has released videos showing the processors in action. In a handful of technical demo videos (that are drastically more informative than Samsung's commercialized video), ARM shows off how the new technology can move processing between the four A15 cores, four A7 cores or the GPU as needed in any number of ways that are most efficient.
The demos show off the processor crunching along on QuickOffice documents and Angry Birds Rio, along with a demonstration of processing being handed over to the GPU when viewing images. As the demonstrator moves around through an app, you can see the processor dynamically switching between combinations of "big" and "little" cores as necessary, rarely kicking on the more power-hungry A15 cores even when playing a game. This is a drastically more efficient use of an 8-core processor, and a big improvement over Samsung's previous implementation.
This new technology is coming with the Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor, which will be available in consumer-facing products starting in Q4 2013. You can see all three videos embedded after the break, which are quite interesting if you're into this sort of technical demonstration.