Samsung Announces Exynos 4, Will Debut in Galaxy S3

Samsung has announced that its Exynos 4 Quad system-on-a-chip will power the upcoming Galaxy S 3 phone. The Galaxy SII offered great performance and competed well with the iPhone 4S in 2011. The Galaxy S3 is expected to compete well with the next iPhone. The Exynos 4 Quad is a quad-core chip made with a 32nm process. It runs at 1.4GHz, and is based on ARM Cortex A9 technology. Check out the teaser video below.

Samsung only revealed CPU details at this time. Full specs will be revealed at a Samsung press event on May 3, 2012. It’s widely expected that the Exynos 4 Quad will use an updated version of the Mali GPU found in the previous Exynos chip. It will be interesting to see how it compares to the PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU found in the iPad 2012’s A5X processor and the GPU in the Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

The early buzz — and this is total conjecture — is that the Exynos 4 will offer killer CPU performance, but the GPU gains won’t be as dramatic. Some tech journalists are expecting GPU performance to be around in the same neighborhood as the A5X’s. Certainly that would be the highest level of mobile graphics available today, but many were hoping or expecting something that would trump the A5X’s powerful quad-core GPU.

Android enthusiasts and Android gamers are eagerly anticipating Texas Instruments’ OMAP 5 processor. This system on a chip is being made with a 28nm process (die shrinks make for chips with lower power consumption) and the more advanced ARM Cortex A15 CPU running at 2GHz. The GPU on this bad boy will be the PowerVR SGX544MP2 clocked at 532MHz. Due out in Q3 2012, many experts believe that this will be the killer chip of 2012.

With all of the above information in mind, it will be interesting to see what chip Apple will use in the next iPhone. For the last couple of years, Apple used the same chip for the iPad and iPhone released that year. The A5X is definitely a capable chip, but there are some that feel that it won’t compare favorably to the competition by the time the next iPhone is released. However, I’m not sure that matters. Apple has never been high on spec-pissing contests and, perhaps more importantly, iOS has the advantage of being highly tailored to a specific set of hardware. Even if chips like the OMAP 5 end up trouncing the A5X in benchmarks, it’s likely that most users won’t see a different in the vast majority of day-to-day phone activities.

Any thoughts on the Samsung Exynos 4 Quad? Do you think the next iPhone will use the A5X or something more advanced?

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