By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 14, 2013 07:17 AM EST
Samsung has already revealed the new Galaxy Note 2, but it won't be long before the company introduces the Galaxy Note 3, with the device being highly rumored all over the internet.
Although nothing much is known as to how big the Note 3 will be, or what kind of features will it arrive with, now, per rumors, the newest system-on-chip processor announced by Samsung for high-end smartphones and tablets - Exynos 5 Octa - could be featured on the upcoming smartphone.
For those who are not up to date with the latest Samsung-made Exynos 5 Octa chip, Samsung announced it at this year's CES. The Exynos 5 Octa uses ARM's new big.LITTLE processor technology and the processor design switches between two clusters of four cores each: ARM Cortex-A15 for performance, and Cortex-A7 to handle regular workloads while providing an improved battery life at the same time.
ARM announced the power-efficient Cortex-A7 big.LITTLE processor technology back in October last year. ARM, at that time, claimed that the new multi-core processor (measuring just 0.45mm² at 28nm, compared to 2.7mm² for a 45nm Cortex-A8) will deliver the same performance as today's high-end handsets but only using 60 percent less battery life than usual.
However, these new technologies may seem fitting with the arrival of the successor of Samsung's popular Galaxy Note 2 'phablet,' - Galaxy Note 3. The technology and rumors that it might come alongside the Note 3 emerged when Samsung announced to the world the launch of the Exynos 5 Octa.
The new processor for smartphones and tablets packs eight processing cores into the space where only four were previously available, and has been designed as a replacement for the Eyxnos 4 Quad chip, which currently powers the Samsung Galaxy S2 and Galaxy Note 2.
"The idea, Samsung explains, is that when the phone or tablet is doing lightweight work - playing music, making a call, browsing the Internet - the more powerful Cortex-A15 cores can be completely disabled and the Cortex-A9 cores used instead," an Expert Reviews report states. "The result, Samsung claims, is an improvement in power efficiency of around 70 per cent compared to the Exynos 4 Quad in the Galaxy S3."
Although Samsung is yet to confirm as to which devices will get the Exynos 5 Octa, but with the Eyxnos 4 Quad already working with the current generation Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, it may seem likely that the Octa will arrive when Samsung officially announces Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3.