This Chip Will Power The Samsung Galaxy S III

While the new Galaxy S III is due to officially launch on May 3, Samsung has just announced what's set to be powering it, and things sound promising. Based on the ARM Cortex A9, Samsung's new chip — which is called Exynos 4 Quad — will feature four cores all running at 1.4GHz.

It replaces — and will be entirely compatible with devices already using — the older Exynos 4 Dual and uses 32 nanometre technology instead of the old'uns 45 nanometre innards. But, meh, enough of that — what can it actually do?

Samsung claims the new chip will be capable of full 30fps 1080p video playback and recording, will feature an interface for HDMI 1.4 and also come with some embedded image signal processing capabilities. The chip is also claimed to be 20 per cent more efficient than its predecessor. All in all, it sounds like Samsung could be on to a winner. [Samsung via The Verge]

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