New Samsung Exynos 5 Octa: just in time for the Galaxy Note 3?

New Samsung Exynos 5 Octa: just in time for the Galaxy Note 3?Potentially the only thing more enjoyable than the smell of napalm in the morning is the notion of writing about mobile processors, and Samsung has us well and truly covered today. Thanks, guys.

The South Korean giant has just announced a spanking new version of its Exynos 5 Octa, one that’s a fair bit better than the existing chap – who’s just six months old. Excellent.

The new guy is the Exynos 5420, to use his technical name, and he’s an eight-core gent with six-core graphics.

Specifically, in big.LITTLE formation, the Exynos 5420 rocks four ARM Cortex-A15 processors at 1.8GHz, with four additional Cortex-A7 cores at 1.3GHz.

As for Exynos 5420 graphics stuff, we’re talkin’ a six-core ARM Mali-T628 GPU set-up – an industry first, says Samsung.

But what does that all mean? We’re promised 20% more processing punch, and double the 3D graphic processing capabilities over the Exynos 5420’s predecessor.

"Demand for richer graphic experiences is growing rapidly nowadays," yells Taehoon Kim, VP of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. "In order to meet that demand from both OEMs and end users, we developed this processor which enables superb graphical performance without compromising power consumption."

The Exynos 5420 is scheduled to hit mass production in August. No word on which device it’ll debut in just yet, but the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is tipped to launch in September, know wha'm sayin'?

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