Samsung Galaxy S4 to use an 8-core processor?
Samsung's Galaxy S4 will be launched, or at least revealed in its full glory in 9 days, but that hasn't stopped the rumor mill to churn this latest bit of news. The Galaxy S4 will be sporting an octa-core processor running at 1.8GHz, according to TechRadar.
The 8-core processor will certainly continue the trend of Samsung doubling the processor core count in their Galaxy S lineup, as the Galaxy S II had a dual-core processor and the S III had a quad-core processor. That said, an 8-core processor is something that's largely useless in the consumer desktop market simply because programs aren't designed to use that architecture yet; in the mobile space this will be even more apparent. It could be that Samsung is simply trying to go for headline grabbing specs for the Galaxy S4, and that the octa-core processor can't provide real world benefits for mobile applications; instead draining the battery quicker.
Of course, given the actual picture from the Antutu benchmark from which the specs have supposedly been leaked, the Galaxy S4 could have two quad-core processors, each dedicated to different functions. Apart from the single 8-core or two quad-core Exynos 5 processor running at 1.8GHz, we'll have 2GB RAM, a 4.99-inch screen with a resolution of 1080p supported by a PowerVR SGX 544MP graphics chip and a choice of either 16GB or 32GB storage. Whatever the case maybe, we'll find out on March 14th straight from Samsung themselves how powerful the Galaxy S4 really is.