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CES 2013: Samsung unveils next-generation Exynos 5 Octa processor

Samsung has announced the launch of a new 8-core processor, the next generation of its Exynos chipset. During his CES 2013 keynote, Samsung president Dr Stephen Woo unveiled the Exynos 5 Octa, touting its processing power and low energy consumption.

“The Exynos 5 Octa processor introduces a whole new concept in processing architecture – [offering] all the power you want to run intensive applications but is smart enough to conserve energy when running more basic tasks,” said Woo.

“Ultimately, we are saving energy while improving battery life,” he said.

The Exynos 5 Octa is a muti-core processor whose architecture features two sets of cores, making it sure to be among the most powerful mobile processors on the market. According to Samsung, the processor can handle rich HD video streaming without dropping frames or freezing images. It offers 3D performance that is twice as powerful as previous generation processors, including the Exynos 4, Woo said.

The processor is designed for high-end smartphones and tablets – a sector that Samsung has come to dominate with its best-selling Galaxy S3 and current flagship Galaxy Note 2. There’s no word yet on when the Exynos 5 Octa will make its way to devices, but we wouldn’t be too surprised to see it in the forthcoming Galaxy S4.