The recently announced Samsung Galaxy Alpha handset will use the new chip, which Samsung says uses 25 percent less power than its last generation Exynos processor.
It will be the first chip that has been created with a 20 nanometer process which should use 25 percent less power than Samsung’s prior 8-core chips but keep the phone running smoothly. As the company claims,
“Exynos 5430 is the first mobile application processor(AP) built using 20 nm low-power High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) process technology providing considerable amount of power and performance advantages. This brand-new process node lowers the power consumption by up to 25%, compared with 28nm* process node.”
The new Exynos has four high-power cores paired with an equal number of lower-powered cores. When more computing power is needed, individual cores can be used and when little processing is happening, cores can be clocked down. The faster A15 cores can reach clock speeds of 1.8 GHz while the slower A7 cores top out at 1.3 GHz.
These claims, if true, could finally add a much-elusive, “innovative” tag to Samsung’s smartphone segment. Although, what could be called as an irony, the galaxy Alpha’s design is somewhat “inspired” from Apple’s iPhone itself.