Samsung's new processors are more processor than you can handle

Samsung has announced their newest processors, the Exynos ModAP. The Exynos ModAP chipset brings together a quad-core application processor (the AP part) with a LTE-A-capable modem (that'd be the Mod). Built on a 28nm process, the chip's designed to offer speed and power efficiency, all while keeping things cool (hence the ice motif of yesterday's teaser).

The Exynos ModAP of course builds on Samsung's preceding five years of processors, and will likely find its way into a variety of Samsung devices — including the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4. The LTE modem supports LTE Release 9 and Cat 4 with duplex mode, FDD, and TDD, and the requisite 2G and 3G radios as well.

In addition to the quad-core processor and LTE-A modem, the Exynos ModAP also includes an advanced image signal processor so "devices with high resolution cameras can enjoy full capabilities like video recording in higher quality or playing back graphics in higher quality or format with no lag or buffering." When it comes down to brass tacks, Samsung claims the processor can handle an 8-megapixel 30fps feed.

There's also a new "The Exynos RF companion chip" that is optimized to "enhance the way mobile devices handle various modes of connectivity" for better data transfer speeds and seamless connection hand-offs — and it is, of course, designed to work best with the Exynos ModAP.

It will likely be a little while before we see Exynos ModAP processors making their way into the world, but we can expect that we'll see the same sort of efficiencies out of the more unified chipset as Apple has managed to squeeze out of their A-series processors.

Source: Samsung

 

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Samsung's newest Exynos chips roll together application processors, LTE modems, and image signal processing

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Plain and simple this is a great move by Samsung they have helped Qualcomm to grow very well these last few years.

Now it's time for them to step up their game. I look forward to this year's Galaxy Note 4 it should be a wonderful handset.

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I'm not that impressed by some of the things that are mentioned in the article. For example, being built on the 28nm process which helps to offer "speed and power efficiency, all while keeping things cool". Whilst this is true, the 28nm process has been around for a while now (the Snapdragon S4 Pro in my Nexus 4 is built on it, as well as Samsung's own Exynos 5422 in the GS5). Whilst being able to record an 8mp feed at 30fps is pretty cool, this is also known as 4K video recording, which has featured in, you guessed it, the Galaxy S5. Whilst I'm sure this processor will offer speed improvements over previous generation SoCs, and the integration of all of those radios is great to see, don't get too excited based on this story alone.

Edit: Apologies, my comment on the 4K recording was wrong - what Samsung are talking about is 4K playback, which still has some issues on many flagships, so it's good to see they've been working on that (I've yet to see a device with a 4K screen yet, so the importance of this is debatable).

What I meant was that most media consumed on the generation of mobile devices using this chip will not be 4K, so it's nowhere near as important as say, getting 1080p content working without dropped frames on a device with a 1080p screen. Most media played back on phones and tablets won't be 4K for quite some time due to the storage requirements and lack of image quality benefit (although higher bit-rate is always appreciated). But, fair point - I was thinking more in terms of streaming media as opposed to user recorded content, so looks like that could be useful after all.

I think with all these impressive mobile processors nowadays I think power consumption is what's really important for example in a midrange device a la moto g a snapdragon 400 and a gig of ram work great together battery wise that depend on if you're using lte or not I suppose but im sure anyone who has a moto g will agree with me for mid range devices Qualcomm wins

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What happened to all their octa core stuff? Does adding LTE mean we will finally see more exynos chips in the US and not only international phone?

I'm kinda sure what this means to honestly. I don't use Samsung phones. I might get a TV from them but the Sony line of TV at equal size is less expensive so....

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Isn't the custom ROM community anti-Exynos still? If so, I'd hope they send the Snapdragon version to the U.S. The first thing you need to do with a Samsung phone is unlock, root, and load a custom ROM.

Samsuck seems to be doing anything in their power to lock down phones. I'm on a Galaxy S3 that has never taken a factory update since new, due to the fact that anything after 4.2 was locked down hard with no chance of cracking the bootloader.

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Fortunately for me, I was able to unlock my old VZW GS3 right after I got it when the unlocked rev of the bootloader leaked. It was amazing how much better that thing ran with AOSP based ROMs than TW. It wasn't even a comparison. I'll never buy another Samsung unless the bootloader is already unlockable or it's a GPE device. Neither of those will probably have this SOC though.

As long as they're friendly to AOSP developers in giving enough assistance to get ROMs running, I could care less who makes the processor in my phone. In the past, Sammy has been real jerks about this, but maybe we'll see something different starting with these.

They must mute HTC with 10 new phones on month and even with the processor they're very boring. This is samsungs defense
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I'm done with big phones, I'll happily wait a year until they can get this chip on a reasonable sized phone.

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You may be waiting more than a year. the S5 mini has a Snapdragon 400 compared to the S5's 805. It'll be probably 2-3 years before you see something like this in a small form factor phone, unless you go with with a Sony, but they would use a Snapdragon over a Exynos processor. And if you live in the US, we haven't had much luck getting Samsung phones that use Exynos processors, this could be the processor that changes that though.

Very unimpressed. I've never had a smooth experience with an Exynos processor before. My Galaxy Note 2 lag like it's a disease.

That could just be your device, I have a lot of colleagues and friends who won't give up their Note 2 because it works so well for them.

What are you talking anbout?!? I've had my Note II since the release date and haven't upgraded because it's so smooth and does all I need.

FINALLY! Qualcomm needs some competition. They are getting slower and slower in innovation.

From the S1 to the S4 it was always a 2x speed increase per year. But this year: just 1.5x. And it doesn't looks like it's getting better with the next 2 Qualcomm chips.

Time someone makes them fire under the behind...

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This is not what I wanted to hear..
Development for the Note 4 has just been issued a Death Sentence with this announcement..
Now I know I'll just wait until Black Friday / Cyber Monday to splurge on something new.. since the Note 4 has just been administered a Lethal Injection before it was ever born..