With just over a week to go until Samsung's "next Galaxy" event, more and more information is coming to light about the Galaxy S III - if that's even what it's going to be called. The latest tidbit comes from Samsung itself: they've announced that the upcoming phone will feature the Exynos 4 Quad, as previously rumored. This clashes with benchmarks for a phone labelled the Galaxy S III posted to the AnTuTu database earlier today, claiming that the phone used a dual-core Exynos architecture.
Samsung went on to describe the nest-generation quad-core chip as using a 32 nanometer High-k Metal Gate construction, allowing for considerably better performance than conventional mobile processors. The chip will run at 1.4Ghz on all four cores (at least in the upcoming Galaxy phone) and has a claimed efficiency boost of 20% over similar 45nm chips. Each core can be dynamically turned on and off as extra power is needed or not needed.
Samsung's Senior Vice President of Product Strategy Team Hankil Yoon had this to say:
The application processor is a crucial element in providing our customers with PC-like experience on mobile devices. Samsung’s next Galaxy device, which will be officially announced soon, offers uncompromised performance and ground breaking multi-tasking features, thanks to Exynos 4 Quad’s powerful performance and efficient energy management technology.
Samsung didn't give specifics for devices beyond their next Galaxy phone, which the company did not name. But presumably this is the same quad-core Exynos chip destined for the upgraded Galaxy Note 10.1, and perhaps the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 as well. It's also likely that the Exynos 4 Quad is the chip powering the Meizu MX Quad-core, announced last week for a May release. Be sure to keep an eye on Android Community next Thursday, May 3rd, when we'll be reporting live from Samsung's Mobile Unpacked event in London.