Samsung seems to be eyeing the budding smartphone market in China following its decision
to part from Apple, which is currently paying about $8.8 billion for Samsung’s mobile chips.
Now Samsung is set to launch its much-awaited Galaxy Note III with its latest eight-core
Exynos 5 Octa CPU.
Perhaps, the new processor, designed for high-end smartphones and tablets, will attract
new revenue streams, helping the company pull back from Apple.
Chinese manufacturers are releasing more smartphones, meaning that Samsung not only
has better chips, but also enough business opportunities to counter the possible risks. ZTE
and Huawei are potential Chinese partners for Samsung. Huawei is the manufacturer of the
huge Ascend Mate.
Samsung Galaxy Note III, which is likely to be launched later this year, will feature a huge
6.3-inch screen. That is astoundingly big compared to Galaxy Note II’s 5.5-inch screen and
the original Galaxy Note’s 5.3-inch screen.
Samsung’s recently unveiled proprietary Exynos 5 Octa CPU will be the most touted feature,
as the company will obviously use its new processor for its future high-end phones. The
eight-core processor is among the first to use ARM’s big.LITTLE “processor switching
technology.” The forte of the processor is that it can alternate workloads to two quad-core
processors that can function simultaneously.
The idea is to distribute the workload between the high-performance and high-efficiency
cores depending on the task at hand. In other words, one quad-core handles tasks
demanding high processing power, such as games, while the other handles lighter tasks,
such as emails.
Essentially optimized to save energy, Samsung’s new Exynos 5 Octa comes after Nvidia’s
Tegra 4 and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800. But, the big.LITTLE system sets aside Samsung,
and it remains to be seen whether it will make it to the limelight.