Samsung heralds quad-core chip 'first'
Galaxy S III processor outed?
Samsung introduced not the world's first quad-core processor for mobile devices but, it claimed, the world's first quad-core processor for mobile devices built with a High-k Metal Gate process.
And, we'll be bound, the world's first quad-core processor built with a High-k Metal Gate process and carrying the Samsung brand.
Running at up to 1.4GHz, fabbed at 32nmm and designed around ARM's Cortex A9 four-core design, the chip "double the processing power at a 20 per cent lower power… over its predecessor, the 45nm Exynos 4 Dual", Samsung said.
That was a dual-core, natch, so it's no surprise the new chip is called the Exynos 4 Quad. The two are pin-compatible, so the one can be dropped into the slot installed for the former.
Dare we suggest it'll form the engine for the Galaxy S III, due to launched next week? ®
I travel on business quite a lot. When I'm on out I tend to (a) use my phone more, (b) find myself in places like airports where charging can be a problem.
My current phone, on heavy use, will last for a day or more without me getting twitchy about running low on power. Normal use, I can go for 2 or 3 days without having to plug it in
By contrast, my other half's 2012 model smartphone is gasping for a recharge come teatime after a day of normal use. I just know that if I had the same sort of phone, and subjected it to the sort of use my phone gets when I'm out of the office, then battery depletion would be a major factor for me (and looking at my fellow travellers, I don't think that my phone use pattern is particularly excessive).
Have to agree with you there. The S2 is a great bit of kit and very fast but it just felt a little, dare I say, cheap and plastic-y.
Hopefully the S3 will have a bit more of a quality feel to it to go with the (assumed) outrageous specs.
Before the hardcore Android fans start having a pop, I'm not knocking the phone itself per se, it's a great bit of kit. I'd personally like it to feel a bit more robust.
Flame? Because as soon as you mention mobile phones there's a deluge of downvotes from the radicalised mobile extremists.
The GS2 was already a very successful all-rounder. And it sold very well.
It had decent battery life, very good performance and brilliant screen. It even had a quite decent camera too. It was the yesteryear's King Of The Hill (among Android phones).
In my opinion the design was sadly lacking, the shiny black plastic looked low-rent (though it was very durable and light), and the TouchWiz interface, again, works but looks like it's out of Draw Something.
It's successor will probably improve on previous strengths. What I wonder is what it looks like, and how it feels in the hand - HTC One series look very enticing.
I'm not holding my breath on the touchwiz part though, though luckily it can be replaced/hidden.