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Samsung Galaxy S4 and Note 3 could become ‘true eight-core’ devices through software upgrade

By now it’s pretty common knowledge that Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa isn’t really a true eight-core chip, only allowing either four low-power Cortex-A7 cores or four high-performance Cortex-A15 cores to be active at any time. So when Samsung announced that its Exynos Octa chip would soon be gaining the ability to use all eight cores at once – via Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) technology – and mix and match low-power and high-performance cores as needed, people rejoiced, while also feeling a bit disappointed as current devices like the S4 and the upcoming Note 3 wouldn’t be able to get the benefits of a true eight-core processor.

However, if you were worried that HMP would need to be implemented at the hardware level and hence require a new device, then Chinese manufacturer Meizu has some good news. According to Meizu, HMP can be implemented through a software upgrade, and will be made available to the MX3, its current flagship that uses the same Exynos chip as the Galaxy S4. This means that we should see Samsung doing the same for its own devices, and it could be the reason why the Korean manufacturer is only showing off the new eight-core capability without naming a new Exynos chipset.

Well, here’s hoping that software update arrives soon. Meanwhile, check out ARM’s demonstration of how HMP works.

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Pd1985
Pd1985

Already without hmp the note 3 exynos tends to heat up with some intensive apps and gaming , what would happen once hmp would all to use all eight cores together, if extensive grafical intensive apps ,games would be played that would use more cores wouldn’t the phone heat up to the extreme…..

AquilaSol
AquilaSol

Which will probably cut battery life in half…

gasterakos
gasterakos

This is not fair Samsung. For example in my country Greece i wanted the ΓΤ-Ι9500 OCTA Samsung Galaxy S4 and you only bring us the GT-I9505 that means we ‘ll stay only in 4 cores experience.And then you release new S4 LTE-A after short months that we already bought the LTE with better CPU. Thanks that you make your customers like suckers…

raghu67
raghu67

in the videos demonstrated by ARM, they clearly mentioned its on Exynos 5420..
i still doubt if 5410 will get it..
but, even in the current state without HMP, my galaxy S4 rocks…
i rarely see A15’s working up with what i do on my phone..
most tasks are done by A7’s

faraaz29
faraaz29

If they can somehow support LTE via a software upgrade, that would be great. I know its impossible but never hurts to dream right

caesantos
caesantos

Well… Won’t it get hotter?

ArminVB
ArminVB

I hope so… :))