South Korean electronics giant Samsung launched the much anticipated Samsung Galaxy S4 mobile phone in New York City last March 15, 2013. What kept techies glued to their seats is when the company initially announced that two variants of the phone will be released to the market. The first will have a Snapdragon 600 processor and the other will have the much talked about Exynos 5 Octa-core processor. But what makes the latter CPU or Central Processing Unit, much more intriguing?
Secret Weapon of Samsung Galaxy S4
What is an Octa-core?
With many mobile phones boasting of dual and quadruple cores, it is the first time that an electronics brand dared to release not only four, not even six, but a processor with a total of eight cores. It is considered to be the world’s first octa-core mobile CPU created by ARM. ARM, in a nutshell, is a leading global semiconductor IP company founded in 1990. With over 90 billion ARM-based chips released in the market, Samsung collaborated with the said company by fitting the Exynos 5 Octa-core Mobile Application Processor with the unique big.LITTLE architecture. How amazing is that?
What does the big.LITTLE Architecture really do?
This technology enables two sets of quad-cores or quadruple cores, namely the Cortex-A15 and Cortex A-7 processors, to flawlessly switch with each other. The big.LITTLE architecture aims to utilize the right processor for the corresponding task, thereby getting the maximum core performance while being able to acquire energy efficiency that is 70% more than when using a single quad-core processor. The Exynos 5 is fitted with a Cortex-A15 which runs at 1.2GHz. It has been dubbed as the “big” processor, since it is meant for tasks that involve heavy computation such as using your phone for HD or high definition gaming and watching movies. On the other hand, the “LITTLE” processor, Cortex-A7, clocks in at 1.6GHz. This, alternatively, is utilized while you are simply sending SMS or short messaging service, making a business phone call, listening to your music, and browsing through your contacts.
Level-Up on Your Multimedia Experience
The Exynos 5 Octa contains a powerful 3D (three-dimensional) graphics processor that supports OpenGL ES 2.0, which permits full programmable 3D graphics. Thus, the display in the Galaxy S4 with the Exynos 5 CPU provides a realistic gaming experience like no other. Along with the advanced Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 544MP3 GPU or General Processing Unit working hand in hand with the OpenGL ES 2.0, the screen resolution of the mobile phone appears very realistic. Some industry players tested this feature by downloading the Clash of Clans app, which is one of the world’s top-rated mobile games that runs on Android 2.1 OS or other higher platforms. Upon searching for the popular game on the Google Play Store, it was then downloaded and installed on the Galaxy S4 unit with the Exynos 5 Octa. Spectators were amazed by how vivid the game appeared on the screen.
Trying the many options and exploring the different features of the game, there wasn’t any lag time from switching from one mode to another. It was astounding. The page details do not appear blurred, making it easier for avid players to toggle with the game button options quickly. With the promise of improved battery efficiency, a 3D gaming experience like no other, and effortless multi-tasking abilities, the Exynos 5 Octa-core Mobile Application Processor will convince you to make the switch. According to experts who were able to witness the greatness of this latest innovation, this could be a serious threat to the sales of other smartphones available on the market. Samsung’s gain will definitely be their loss.
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