Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Could Have a Real Octa-Core Processor
The Galaxy Note 4 released in 2014 could be Samsung’s first device with the “real” octa-core processor. The new Samsung Galaxy S model typically arrives on March, followed later by the subsequent Galaxy Note model. The company’s foray into the eight-core territory isn’t without issues. The Exynos 5410 Octa may sound impressive with its big.LITTLE configuration, but it is consisted of powerful quad-core Cortex A15 package and energy-efficient quad-core Cortex A7 package.
Phones equipped with this hardware platform can only run between these two quad-core packages alternately depending on load requirements. This has disappointed some users who were misled by unclear marketing messages that focused on the platform’s octa-core design.
Fortunately, it is possible to let all eight-core to run simultaneously through software updates. It is reported recently that the newer Exynos 5420 SoC can run all its eight cores at once. However, because half of the processor is the weaker quad-core Cortex A7 package, users may not be able to get significant performance boost. At the moment, only MediaTek offers real octa-core processor with eight uniform cores.