Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will not be able to use true octa-core power

Alex Bezeau October 6, 2013 0
Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will not be able to use true octa-core power


We have somewhat disappointing news for Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 fans and consumers, so be ready and keep your ears open (provided that you are going to read the next sentence loudly). The Samsung Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 flagship devices will not be getting the true octa-core update!

You must now be wondering what true octa-core system is, and if you are have been doing so, then we have the explanation for you. As you must already be knowing, the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 both have a version that runs on the Samsung Exynos chipset. This chipset consist of two quad-core processors, one which is low powered and the other one that is high powered (in terms of speed and performance). And just to be clear, here are the details about the two Exynos chipsets present in the next-gen Galaxy devices.

Exynos 5

Samsung Galaxy S4 (I9500)

  • Exynos 5410 chipset
  • 1.6GHz Cortex-A15 quad-core processor
  • 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 quad-core processor

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (N9000)

  • Exynos 5420 chipset
  • 1.9GHz Cortex-A15 quad-core processor
  • 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 quad-core processor

So, both the above mentioned devices have two quad-core processors, but depending upon the task at hand, only one of these two processors are used at a time. The Samsung Exynos 5 series chipsets are based on the big.LITTLE chip.

Samsung recently introduced its attempt to bring out true octa-core performance in these two devices. With the help of this new concept, Samsung wants to allow both quad-core processors to work at the same time, hence improving speed and performance at an incredible rate. But the bad news is that this feature will not be implemented in the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3.

It was being said that Samsung will be rolling out an update for its flagship smartphone and phablet in order to bring out the true octa-core power of the Exynos 5 chipsets. But this wont be happening, Samsung will not roll out any such update. Oleg Artamonov, senior technical expert at Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3 will not be getting the true octa-core update.

But wait, Samsung has also given the reason for not rolling out this anticipated update. The reason for not making use of both quad-core processors at the same time is because it will consume a lot of power and the heat dissipation from running 8 cores will be much more than the heat from 4 cores. This will badly affect the stability and reliability of the chipset hence disturbing the reliability of the big.LITTLE chip.

But the good news is that Samsung also gave out two more updates that will make you happy. First of all, if you have already bought a high-end Samsung smart device, then you will be happy to know that Samsung will soon be rolling out the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update for your devices. And secondly, if you still have not got any next-gen device, then now is the time to save your money and wait for the true octa-core chipset to make it to the market. A revised version of Exynos chipset will soon be seen in upcoming Samsung devices and will take care of the heat dissipation and other probable problems.


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