Samsung eight-core Octa Exynos 5 processor launched at CES 2013
Samsung made its eight-core Octa Exynos 5 processor public at CES 2013, which is speculated to power the South Korean company’s next smartphone, Galaxy S4. The new processor was launched by the firm along with the flexible display technology called Youm, which set the rumour mills in motion about a bendy screen of Galaxy S4.
The processor comprises of eight cores, which are distributed between four powerful A15 processors for extreme processing functions and four A7 processors for activities which require less power. The new variant is definitely more powerful than the quad-core processor, but is also deemed to be 70 percent more efficient.
The introduction of new chipsets at the CES 2013 was a major attraction as Intel, Qualcomm, AMD and Nvidia were among the big names to unveil new chips. Samsung also states that the newly released Octa Exynos 5 processor is also more powerful than the Exynos 5 processor, which runs the Google Nexus 10.
With increased efficiency, the devices which will operate on the eight processor chip will have increased battery life. Reports suggest that the chip will also provide an enhanced gaming experience for users and easy functioning of high-definition media streaming.
There has been no confirmation about the shipping date of Octa Exynos 5 processor, but analysts are predicting that the chipset will be installed in Galaxy S4. Rumours about the unveiling of S4 at the Mobile World Congress in February have also surfaced.
Samsung ATIV Tab will not launch in US due to low demand of Windows RT tablet
Samsung’s Windows RT tablet have been pulled out of the US market, as Mike Abary, head of Samsung’s PC and tablet business in the US, told CNET at CES 2013 that Samsung ATIV Tab won’t be distributed in the US due to low demand.
After doubts from retail partners regarding demand of Window RT, Samsung is shying away from investing in educating the consumer. The announcement of not releasing Windows RT Tablet in the US comes just after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer during Qualcomm’s CES keynote mentioned Samsung as one of the key partners of Microsoft.
The announcement is a big setback for Microsoft’s Windows RT operating system, which has already failed to attract the consumers. Explaining the reason behind Samsung’s decision to pull out Windows RT tablet from the US market, Abary told CNET that Samsung isn’t clear about positioning of Windows RT’s place in the market relative to Windows 8.
“When we added those two things up, the investments necessary to educate the consumer on the difference between RT and Windows 8, plus the modest feedback that we got regarding how successful could this be at retail from our retail partners, we decided maybe we ought to wait,” Abary told CNET.
Samsung maintains that if the market shifts and demand for products grow it might reevaluate its decision to withhold Windows RT tablet. Mike Abary said that Samsung will watch Windows RT to see how the platform develops over time and consider it down the road.