Recently, Samsung is rumored to put a quad Cortex-A15 CPU inside the Galaxy S IV with the Exynos 5450 chipset, but EETimes is reporting that the Korean company has a more interesting chipset in the works – the first one to use ARM’s big.LITTLE technology.
This tech pairs a number of powerful Cortex-A15 cores with the same number of low-power Cortex-A7 cores (similar to NVIDIA’s fifth core in Tegra 3). The chipset seamlessly switches between the high and low power cores depending on the load (but it can’t run all at the same time).
The chipset in particular will pack four A15s clocked at 1.8GHz and four A7s clocked at 1.2GHz. The A7s will reportedly match a quad-core Cortex-A8 CPU (not that such exist), while the four A15s should offer a big increase over the already powerful A15 duo that powers the Nexus 10. The chip will be built on a 28nm process and pack 2MB of cache.
We’re sure that there will be plenty of rumors that this will be the chipset in the Galaxy S IV, but it’s more likely to see it in a tablet first.
Sources : EETimes , AHL
The Aquos Phone SH930W slightly rethinks the internals of HTC’s new Android 4.1 flagship to make it more affordable, doubling the non-expandable storage to 32GB but scaling back to a dual-core, 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 and dropping the currently unsupported LTE.
That cost-cutting will be vital, as the SH930W is headed to a more price-sensitive Russia first, in late November – one of the few (if not only) times that Sharp has tailored a smartphone to a country other than its native Japan. The 22,000-ruble ($694) off-contract price in Russia could undercut mere 720p rivals that often cost 25,000 rubles ($789) or more.
Mobile-review was curious enough to snag a pre-release SH930W for an early inspection. While the device under the microscope was running vanilla Android rather than the planned Feel UX and may easily have a fair share of buggy code, initial benchmarks seem to validate fears of a mismatch between the display and an underpowered chip : the Galaxy S3 is fast enough for common tasks at that resolution, but chokes with playing 1080p video and certain 3D games. Anyone buying the extra-large Aquos Phone will mostly be choosing it for the good battery life, the camera and that killer price, the site says.
In a related posts, we’ve mentioned earlier today, that samsung is also working on a 1080p Super AMOLED display smartphone according to the rumor.
Source : Mobile-review (Russian)
We’ve heard already the rumor of a 1080p Super AMOLED display from Samsung, but the new chatter adds more details to the story – a 4.99-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080p resolution and a staggering 441ppi pixel density.
The first phones to use a 5-inch 1080p display are already available in some markets, but they rely on LCDs. The new display from Samsung is, of course, rumored to be used in the Galaxy S IV. What the gossip doesn’t say is whether the display will use a PenTile or an RGB matrix. At this pixel density it might not make much difference but we’ll see.
Anyway, the 5-inch 1080p Super AMOLEDs will supposedly go into production in Q1 of next year. This would be just in time for a Q2 launch (all three Galaxy S flagships launched in Q2).
Whether this rumor pans out or not, 2013 will be the year of 5-inch 1080p screens. HTC already started and so did Sharp, Sony (through Japan Display Inc) and LG are also reportedly working on smartphones with such units.
Sources : Rbmen (Japanese) , Asiae (Korean)