Google/Samsung Working On A Exynos 5250 Powered Nexus Tablet Or Handset?

When Samsung announced the Galaxy S3 earlier this month, quite a few die-hard techies were disappointed with the SoC of the handset. The Exynos 4 Quad SoC inside the SGS3 is a beast in every sense, but it packs in 4 “older” generation Cortex-A9 cores instead of the latest Cortex-A15 architecture. The Qualcomm S4 (Krait) SoC is a custom Cortex-A15 competitor from Qualcomm, and even though it has two less physical cores, it manages to beat the quad-core Exynos and Tegra 3 in quite a few benchmarks pretty easily. The Exynos 5250 is Samsung’s Cortex-A15 dual-core based SoC, which is scheduled to arrive later this year.

According to some of the latest commits from Google’s Android git, it looks like Google and Samsung are preparing a new device that will be using an Exynos 5250 SoC. The other specs of this mysterious device also look impressive with a Wolfson WM8994 audio chip, a 720p display, ‘vithar’ GPU clocked at 533MHz, and a ‘S5K4E5/S5K6A3’ camera.

The Exynos 5250 just went into testing, and the early yields of the SoC are only able to scale up to 1GHz. Thus, the chances of the rumored Google Nexus tablet sporting the Exynos 5250 SoC do look bleak since its less than 2 months away from its unveiling. Samsung states that the Exynos 5250 SoC will be clocked at around 1.8-2GHz, so the yield of the SoC needs to improve before it goes into production. The SoC is scheduled to go into production sometime in Q3 of this year. It might be possible that the Galaxy Note 2 or even the next Nexus handset from Google will be sporting the above specs.

Via – Codeworkx

Samsung’s Beastly Exynos 5250 SoC To Enter Into Mass Production In Q2 Of 2012

During their Q4 2011 earnings call, Samsung also took some time to announce to that its Exynos 5250 SoC will enter into mass production from the second quarter of this year. The SoC is already under sampling from Sammy. This beast of a SoC will first be used in Samsung’s tablets, and later on in its smartphones.


For the less informed, the Exynos 5250 is one heck of a powerful SoC. It is a dual-core SoC (System-On-Chip) based on Cortex-A15 and both the cores are clocked at a whopping 2GHz. Samsung did not mention as to what GPU the Exynos 5250 uses. It did however state that the GPU on the Exynos 5250 SoC is up to by four-times more powerful compared to the current gen SoCs.

Personally, I would love to see the Galaxy S III being powered by the Exynos 5250 SoC. However, with the handset due for announcement next month, the chances definitely look bleak. If not the Exynos 5250, the Galaxy S III will be powered by the rumoured Exynos 4412 SoC, which contains four-cores based on Cortex-A9 architecture. It will also be interesting to see how the Exynos 5250 SoC will stack up against the quad-core Cortex-A9 based SoCs.