One of the notable things at Unpacked 5 last night was the lack of technical detail, leading many – ourselves included – to ask: what the furg’s the deal with the Samsung Galaxy S5 processor?
With the dust now settled, we’re told it’ll be the spanking new Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, while an octa-core version was kinda sort of confirmed by Samsung.
To be honest, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 took us by surprise when it popped up in Barcelona. We were just getting used to Snapdragon 800-powered flagships, while the Snapdragon 805 is expected towards the middle of the year.
Of course, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 is also found on the top-of-the-range Sony Xperia Z2, so it makes sense that the Samsung Galaxy S5 would have the same processor.
The chipmaker purrs: “The Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor features Qualcomm Technologies' custom quad core Krait 400 CPU at up to 2.5GHz per core, its custom Adreno 330 GPU for premium mobile graphics, and its custom Hexagon QDSP6 for ultra-low power applications.”
Meanwhile, over on Samsung Tomorrow, an infographic detailing the evolution of the Galaxy S Series revealed that the Samsung Galaxy S5 processor would be either 2.5GHz quad-core or 2.1GHz octa-core, the latter presumably being of the Exynos variety.
Interestingly, said infographic was later taken down, and it’s now been put back up with the octa-core reference removed. Presumably the Exynos chip will fuel the minority of devices, as was the case with the Samsung Galaxy S4.
Amusingly, they've also corrected the size of the Samsung Galaxy S4 display to 5in, having initially stated 4.8in - same as the Samsung Galaxy S3. The Samsung Galaxy S5, for the record, has a 5.1in display, just 0.2in shy of being a Galaxy Note.