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Exynos 5250 SoC is based on Cortex-A15 architecture

The mobile market is heating up with consumers flocking to smartphones and tablets in record numbers. Samsung is looking to strengthen its position in these markets thanks to the new Exynos 5250 SoC which is the follow-up to the Exynos 4210 used in the popular Galaxy S II.
 
The Exynos 5250 is built using a 32nm low-power HKMG (High-K Metal Gate) process and is based on ARM Cortex A15 architecture. The dual-core Exynos 5250 operates at a speedy 2GHz and has twice the processing performance of 1.5GHz, dual-core Cortex A9 processors according to Samsung.

 
But CPU performance isn't the only thing that's been improved; Samsung says that the Exynos 5250 delivers four times greater graphics performance than Cortex A9 designs (memory bandwidth has doubled to 12.8GB/sec). It also adds in Stereoscopic 3D functionality and support for resolutions up to 2560x1600 (WQXGA).
 
The Samsung Exynos 5250 SoC is being targeted at the tablet market and will go into mass production during Q2 2012.

Sources: Samsung, SammyHub



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RE: Incremental improvement
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 11/30/2011 9:55:29 AM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing he's referencing the fact that the it's almost guaranteed that the iPad 3 will have a 2048x1536 display (double the current resolution).

But even still, it's not like Apple makes its own displays...


RE: Incremental improvement
By amanojaku on 11/30/2011 10:33:49 AM , Rating: 2
Thanks, I misread the bit about the iPad display potentially pushing competing products to increased resolutions. Thing is, I don't see why that's necessary. Current tablets, including the iPad, look fine, even if they don't do HD. Of course, since I don't own a tablet I can't say I've used one for a significant period of time. My concern is the push for higher resolutions and such will keep tablet prices higher than they should be. Tablets should be $200, not $500, since they can't do what a PC (Linux, Mac, Windows, etc...) does. Yet.


RE: Incremental improvement
By twhittet on 11/30/2011 10:59:42 AM , Rating: 4
I'm hoping the push for higher tablet resolution will finally help make the low resolution, poor quality displays we find in most laptops unacceptable. I do not want or need a $1200 laptop, I need a $350 laptop with an option to upgrade the screen for $100! Mass production of more higher res screens should lead to better products for everyone across the board.


RE: Incremental improvement
By bntran02 on 11/30/2011 11:06:45 AM , Rating: 3
High resolution is just more marketing. There a long list of other factors that determine image quality. Resolution tends to be at the bottom of that list


RE: Incremental improvement
By Mint on 11/30/2011 3:54:09 PM , Rating: 2
It'll take so little effort, too. All I want is for notebook makers to make screens that match the quality of desktop TN monitors.

How hard can that be? But nooo, we have to live with awful 200:1 contrast ratios for virtually all notebooks below $1000, while a $100 desktop monitor with 3-4x the LCD surface gets near 1000:1. If Asus can put a high contrast screen on an eeePC, why cant we find them in mainstream notebooks?

I understand the lack of consumer education on the topic, and Anandtech does a great job on that front in their reviews, but with the plethora of notebook makers out there you'd think at least a few would want to differentiate themselves with a $50 screen upgrade.


RE: Incremental improvement
By omnicronx on 11/30/2011 1:55:31 PM , Rating: 2
I have my doubts that pushing tablet resolutions will have such an effect until long after higher resolution screens are implemented in tablets. Neither OSX nor Windows have true resolution independence (i think OSX is further along, and have some kind of half baked implementation). Until they do, and developers actually implement it, everything on your screen will shrink as you increase the resolution of the display.

iOS is somewhat there, i.e even if they double the resolution, the size of the objects on the screen should not shrink or become destorted. (aside from situations such as a dev using non vector imaging like a bitmap)

This allows for higher resolutions on smaller displays, while still keeping everything readable for the vast majority of situations.


RE: Incremental improvement
By SPOOFE on 11/30/2011 7:26:24 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Tablets should be $200, not $500, since they can't do what a PC (Linux, Mac, Windows, etc...) does.

IPS screen? Ten hour battery life? Under three pounds? Not a thousand dollars?

In at least a few regards tablets can do MORE than what a PC does.


RE: Incremental improvement
By amanojaku on 11/30/2011 9:11:40 PM , Rating: 2
I don't represent the mainstream, I don't consider surfing the 'net and playing Angry Birds for 10 hours "doing something".

Some of the latest Ultrabooks have IPS screens, 5-8 hours of battery life (supposedly), and weigh around three pounds. Sure, the prices range from $800-$1300, but that includes a full-blown x86 processor (i3-i7), 4GiB of RAM, SSDs up to 128GB (at least one has a HD), and 13" displays. You could dump your tablet AND PC for an Ultrabook, and run more software than is available for a tablet while benefiting from mobility. You get improved connectivity, too. The GPUs... I dunno, I read different things, some good, some bad. Apparently, HD 3000 is decent enough to replace a low end video card, so my guess is it can compete with a PowerVR on some level. Actually, it looks like the HD 3000 beats the hell out of the PowerVR offerings, but I haven't seen a direct comparison.

Still not convinced a tablet is worth it at $500.


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