Samsung has lifted the lid on its most cutting-edge mobile processor yet - the Exynos 5 Octa - as it showed off its latest innovations at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Unveiled at the S-giant’s second keynote at the Las Vegas tech expo, the Octa is an eight-core chipset based on ARM’s ‘big.little’ architecture that combines four Cortex-A15 cores to perform high-end tasks with four Cortex-A7 cores for more basic, everyday operations.
Stephen Woo, president of Samsung's System LSI business, waxed lyrical about the processor’s capabilities, claiming that it offers a "level of pure processing power never before seen in a mobile device”.
He said the Octa will handle “heavy-duty multi-tasking without lag or disruption” and HD video streaming with "no dropped frames and razor-sharp picture quality.”
Better still, it is reportedly up to 70 per cent more energy-efficient than the Exynos 4 chips that power the current crop of Galaxy kits.
Although Woo stopped short of revealing which handset the Octa might debut on, we won’t be too surprised to see it appear on the highly anticipated Galaxy S4, rumoured to land sometime in April or May.
Samsung also showcased its first working prototype of a foldable handset, using its ‘Youm’ flexible display technology and powered by Windows Phone.
Alas, handsets featuing Youm displays won’t hit store shelves anytime soon, as there are still many obstacles to overcome before they can be viable products, namely battery life and the ability to house vital internal components.
Another highlight of Samsung’s keynote was an appearance from former US President Bill Clinton, who took the stage to give a speech on how technology still changes lives in developing countries and should be used to help children.