Samsung Unveils Exynos 5, Destined For Nexus 4 Or Something Bigger?

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Samsung have revealed their whitepaper for the much anticipated Exynos 5250 which now has the name of the Exynos 5 Dual. The chip is said to be shipping later this year, probably inside an upcoming Samsung tablet or phone (Galaxy Nexus 2?). Here are just a few of the more significant features of the Exynos 5250:

1.7GHz dual core Cortex A15 CPU, Mali T604 GPU, OpenGL ED 3.0, WXQGA display support, Support for Wi-Fi display, 12.8 GB of memory bandwidth along with support for 2 port 800 Mhz LPDDR3 RAM, 1080p video performance at 60 frames per second and VP8 Codec decoder and support for USB 3.0

The Exynos 5250 will be in competition with the Qualcomm S4 chip which has just a little less performance per clock than the Cortex A15. The 5250 comes with not only a next generation CPU but also GPU, which have been designed by ARM and benefit from more integration.

The Exynos 5 has support for 12.8GB memory bandwidth and two port 800 Mhz LPDDR3 RAM and has been designed in mind with support for 12.8GB memory bandwidth with support for 2560 x 1600 resolution. It can also support PSR modes so that the display uses 20 times less power when it is displaying a static picture such as when reading or browsing a web page with text. This will help to reduce the power consumption of the device.

The 60 frames per second 1080p video would be great for stereoscopic S3 graphics in games and the Exynos 5 Dual is the first chip to be released onto the market to support both decoding and encoding in full HD at 60FPS. This means that you could use 3D glasses and stream video to your large screen 3D TV.

The Exynos 5 Dual comes with Wi-Fi display technology and this means that you could stream anything from your device to you TV wirelessly with the minimum of 30 FPS. The VP8 codec of Google is also supported and can decode HD video at 60 FPS with the codec.

It will also support USB 3.0 which is able to transfer speeds of up to 5Gbps which is ten time quicker than 2.0. This means users will be able to transfer files this way in seconds as opposed to having to wait for minutes. The Exynos 5 Dual is the one to keep your eyes open for in upcoming devices to be launched later this year. It will be one of the most powerful until the release of the Tegra 4 and the Exynos 5 quad. Here’s hoping it we won’t have to wait until a Samsung Galaxy S4 to see it in action.


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