Samsung’s ARM-powered Exynos 5250 is a next-gen mobile dream

Samsung has published a white-paper detailing its long-awaited Exynos 5250 SoC, or Exynos 5 dual-core processor.

The Exynos 5250 is built around ARM’s Cortex A15 chip, which is capable of powering uber-high WQXGA resolution – up to 2560×1600. It runs at a cool 1.7 Ghz and is paired with a Mali T604 GPU.

Other notable features include support for Wi-Fi displays, USB 3.0, 12.8 GB/s memory bandwidth with 2 port 800 Mhz LPDDR3 RAM, 1080p 60 FPS video performance/VP8 codec decoder. 

As an added bonus, Exynos 5 Dual’s USB 3.0 port is capable of operating as either host or device. Meaning, besides being able to transfer files to their PC, users can also connect peripherals to the device, such as keyboards, controllers, external storage and LTE modems. 

As Android Authority’s Lucian Armasu points out, the Exynos 5250 is most likely to compete with Qualcomm’s (Krait) S4 chip. 

“I expect the Exynos 5 Dual to beat the quad core S4 Pro in performance for all single threaded apps, with the S4 Pro gaining a slight advantage in multi-threaded apps,” Armasu explained in a detailed analysis of the ARM-based SoC.

“The Exynos 5 Dual is the chip you should look for in upcoming tablets and smartphones, as it should have the most powerful CPU and GPU of any new chips coming out by the end of the year, including the S4 Pro and OMAP 5. Next year, we can begin talking about the quad-core Tegra 4 and the Exynos 5 Quad, but, until then, Exynos 5 Dual should reign supreme in the mobile market in terms of performance and features.”

Samsung’s Exynos 5 dual-core processor is slated to ship later this year and will likely tip up in Samsung’s next-gen 11.8-inch Galaxy Tab.