Samsung's 8-Core Exynos 5 Octa Processor: Your Next Phone Will Be Fast

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Samsung's Exynos processors have powered a lot of the faster devices out there, from the Galaxy S II, which was way ahead of everyone in terms of speed, to the newer Nexus 10. Now the Exynos 5 Octa Processor is here. Wait, octa? As in eight cores?


Yep. Two sets of quad-core processors. In a phone. Crazytown. They use ARM's big.LITTLE architecture, which is like having an automatic switch for flipping between performance and energy efficiency. It's very slick. Like everyone else who released a mobile processor this week, Samsung claims it's the fastest and most energy-efficient mobile processor in the world, boasting a 70 percent increase in battery life. We shall see.

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The Tin Foil Ninja Strikes Again!

Correct me if I'm wrong, but how can 8 cores possibly be used efficiently when the amount of energy is so finite? Can modern batteries efficiently use 8 cores for a great user experience yet?

Then again, I guess 8 cores, like 4, gives more playing room for processing. It's easier to fight Bruce Lee in sweatpants vs skinny jeans.