Samsung Galaxy Note III to ship with an Exynos 5 Octa processor

January 16, 2013
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Samsung announced the 8-core Exynos 5 Octa processor during CES and given that, it only seems logical that the company will include that processor in at least some of their 2013 devices. Notably, the higher-end devices such as the Galaxy Note, which presumably will be released as the Galaxy Note III later in the year. Samsung has yet to confirm the details (or the existence) of the Note III, however some reports have begun to surface with talk of specs.

In short, is it believed that the Note III will feature the Exynos 5 Octa processor. That and, also grow in size going from the 5.5-inch display that the Note II features up to a 6.3-inch display. And while 6.3-inches may seem on the larger side, remember that many made fun of the jump from the original Galaxy Note at 5.1-inches to the Note II -- and we see how that went. Not to mention, Huawei recently announced a 6.1-inch handset, the Ascend Mate.

Aside from display size and processor, that is where the specs have stopped for the Note III. The interesting part here, while the Note II already has stellar battery life, the battery life on the Note III could be even better. That comes due in part with the processor, which if you remember back to CES, was focused on efficiency. The Exynos 5 Octa will have a total of 8-cores broken down as four Cortex-A15 processors and four Cortex-A7 cores. This means the A15 cores will handle processing-intense tasks and the A7 cores handling the lighter workloads.

According to Samsung, this means up up to 70 percent higher energy efficiency as compared to the previous quad-core Exynos. Bottom line here, assuming things play out as they appear -- it is looking like Samsung will be able to make a nice jump from the Note II to Note III with improvements to not only the processor and battery life, but also have it arrive with a much larger display. We just have to wonder, what is that point where smartphones and tablets will find middle ground.

[via unwired view]


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  • boonesimpson

    6.3 inches? Even Bezel-less that is almost like having a tablet in your pocket.
    My girlfriend always complains how even her “standard” size android phone has problems fitting into her “girl jeans.” I like to see tech get bigger and better, but this is getting out of hand.

    • jeroenderoeck

      II understand your concern/reaction, but the thing is : apparently, there is a need for this. So why not? It’s your choice to buy it or not ;)

      Honestly, I’m waiting for such a device that would replace having 2 devices (smartphone and tablet). Or I could just wait until someone brings out a new dual-screen smartphone/tablet (like the Kyocera Echo, but with less bezel!).

      Is the Galaxy SIII Mini also too large for your girlfriend?
      My girlfriend doesn’t mind how big the screen smartphone is, because she always has her purse with her :)

      • boonesimpson

        YES, the echo was a great idea but the bezel and lack of optimization (on implementation and apps) killed it

      • R7ex

        Bet if the Note 2 has no bezel, it can house an even bigger screen than 6.3″. It all depends on the bezel size. I kept dreaming of a 7″ bezel-less superphone that can double as my tablet. Only condition is that it must still fit my jeans pocket.

  • iPhart

    What a BS article.LOL

    Original Note is not 5.1″ but 5.3″. And Note2 is 5.5″.

    GNote2 has not bigger display than original Note . Do your math

    GNote2 is actually more pocketable and hand friendly than original Note. And original Note is more pocketable lighter and hand friendly than first ever Phablet- Dell Streak with only 5″ display. Right?

    So if trend goes same, and : If Note3 is more pocketable than Note2 or at least same , we don’t care how bigger display is.

    • Peter Blanco

      How is the display on the Note 2 not bigger than the Note? A 5.5 inch screen is clearly bigger than 5.3. Please, do YOUR math.

  • iCamera

    A bigger Note III with over 6.3 inch display would be good news but it would be even better if Samsung could improve on the camera features like the ones in the Sony Xperia Z and the HTC One XL. These cameras are able to take instant photos and capture images in low light.

  • R7ex

    Also, looking at the S4, I won’t be surprised if Note 3 comes with Snapdragon 800 for the LTE regions.