Exynos 5

Samsung has announced and published the whitepaper for their upcoming Exynos 5250 SoC (System on a Chip), and it looks like the stuff a hardware geek's dreams are made of. Sporting a dual-core 1.7GHz CPU, paired with a quad-core Mali GPU. The full feature list reads like the side of a desktop computer box.

  • A15 CPU dual-core 1.7GHz CPU
  • Mali T604 quad-core GPU
  • 800 Mhz LPDDR3 RAM support
  • USB 3.0 support
  • OpenGL ES 3.0 support; OpenCL 1.1 full profile support; DirectX 11 support
  • Support for WXQGA (2560x1600) resolution
  • Wifi display support
  • 1080p 60 FPS video performance and VP8 codec decoder

We see a couple things nobody expects to see in an ARM chip for mobile devices, namely USB 3 and DirectX support. With Microsoft announcing a slew of upcoming Windows 8 tablets, we should get used to seeing it. And chances are that's where we'll see this chip first -- in Samsung built Windows 8 tablet/clamshell hybrid. 

Of course, it will also be a total screamer in the benchmark arena on the Android side, so that's what we're looking forward to seeing. No word on when that may happen, but while we all wait there's a great breakdown and discussion starter in the forums, where everyone can talk about the Exynos 5 until it gets in our Android devices. Check it out, along with links to Samsung's whitepaper and announcement below.

Samsung Exynos 5 details released | Exynos 5 whitepaper

Source: Samsung

There are 28 comments

HAAS599 says:

Put it the next Nexus phone. Get crazy Google. Do it.

Do it

Do it

Small_law says:

Yes! That thing is a beast.

P.S. It's the dry humor that keeps me coming back to AC. "Fast chip is fast." Hysterical.

DrDoppio says:

Hell yes!

Incubus123 says:

Haha, not gonna happen. Samsung will save this baby for their own flagship. It might make its way to a nexus device afterwards tho.

mech1164 says:

It would be nice to have a premiere cpu in The Flagship Google phone. As much as I am enjoying my Gnex on Tmo. It wasn't until JB that it truly could hold it's own with the current Uber Phones. Don't get me wrong It was great as it was. But we all knew that when it came to the specs even at the time it was a near generation behind. I know that when the new Galaxy S IV comes out it will be a monster. That won't be until Spring 13. With the Holidays coming out we are already hearing about great phones from all factions (IOS WP8 ect). Google should be saying lets make the god phone for Android this quarter. Will they? That's an open question.

litlprince says:

not unless they step out of the norm..

Google seems to prefer the more with less approach. Its not likely for them to make a phone that will blow the competition away on specs alone.

mech1164 says:

Sadly I have to agree with that. Don't want to but do all the same.

dphorgan2#AC says:

Dual core processor? Isn't quad the thing now? More threads, better multitasking.

Mr.Froyo says:

A15 man, A15.

Doan says:

Look at desktop processors. There are plenty of dual-core CPU's that outperform quad-core. Quad-core doesn't always mean better.

l00natic71 says:

@Doan: Please name one CPU in desktops that does what you claim.

Pretty sure you could find some dual-core Core i7's that outdo Core 2 Quad's. A15 is a more efficient and more powerful architecture than A9. Dual-core A15 will beat the equivalent A9 quads.

rd_nest says:

Well, how many such applications exist in mobile space? we should have apps that would take advantage of extra 2 cores. but for single-threaded applications it will get more benefit because of higher clock speed and better architecture.

Shadowriver says:

Actully lot of apps use 2 cores at least, Android since 3.0 forces devloper to make sperate thread for networking

He's right. Dual A15's are a pretty big deal, even compared compared to four A9's.

terrycanfly says:

no mention of lte

Sqube says:

This is exactly what I was thinking. Who do Samsung, NVIDIA and anybody else making these chips have to fight to get LTE support?

What makes Qualcomm so special?

Because Samsung.

This particular chip has no baseband built-in. Instead, it shows us what kind of performance to expect from the version that DOES have a baseband.

Good point. I think the ones that come to cellular phones and tablets with cellular will have LTE support. I think Samsung should have learned their lesson by now from the Exynos 4 Quad. Would've been icing on the cake to have the Exynos 4 Quad with LTE.

skyboxer says:

As previously stated, fast chips are fast. What kind of capability does it add though? Will be interesting to see what this chip is paired with.

The white paper does a really good job of explaining some real world scenarios. The one that stuck out to me was streaming a 1080p video that you're recording IN REAL TIME to a tv. That means it'll be encoding, writing to NAND, transcoding, and managing the network connections simultaneously. The raw throughput that this SoC is capable of is what's most impressive.

crxssi says:

A good question is: are they as fast as the S4 in the real world?

DrDoppio says:

What is S4? I don't know of a SoC with that name.

n0obpr0 says:

Snapdragon I think

DrDoppio says:

Okay, thanks.

Probably faster on paper. In real-world use, though, they will probably feel about the same. I don't expect a lot of software to be developed specifically to take advantage of this SoC, which means a lot of the potential (raw power) will be left on the table. Which is a shame, because the Mali is a beast and could do some really amazing stuff.

Will reply later...or go to the forum thread.