With 4K video creeping steadily onto TVs and computers, it’s next big target would be mobile phones if ARM has any say about it.
Having just unveiled their Cortex-A72 mobile processor reference design, the new chip promises to give a huge boost to graphics and general processing your mobile. The updates to the chip includes optimizations for 30 percent more memory performance and up to 80 percent speedier graphics, roughly makes it about 3.5 times more powerful than it’s ancestor the Cortex-A15 chip. It would also be capable of recording 4K video at 120 frames per second, which is a huge improvement over the 30 frames that most smartphones are only capable of.
On top of that, the processor will also consume about 75 percent less power than it’s predecessor the A15 at a similar level of performance, with graphics only needing about 40 percent less than what it was used to.
Weeks ahead of its big Unpacked event, Samsung has announced the latest addition to its range of Exynos processors called the Exynos 4212. The dual-core Samsung Exynos 4212 will replace the 4210 chip that powers the Samsung Galaxy S II. Like it’s predecessor, the 4212 is based on the ARM Cortex A-9 core as well.
The biggest difference between the new Exynos 4212 and its predecessor is its processor’s clock speed. The new 4212 variant runs at 1.5GHz while the old 4210 variant pushes out 1.2Ghz. The graphic processor unit has also been given a performance boost. Samsung claims that the new chip has a GPU that is 50% more powerful that the unit it replaces. On top of all that, the 4212 is also 30% more power efficient that the current 4210 unit.
The proximity of the launch of this new processor indicates that it could make it into the upcoming Nexus phone (believed to be called the Nexus Prime) that is expected to be unveiled on October 11 in San Diego.