Samsung Galaxy Note 3 pre-release CPU insight


Now that we are starting to move towards the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 release date, expected between July and September, it is becoming clear that there’s a consensus over certain specs and also a few puzzles as well with certain features.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 processor — if we traveled back a few weeks, it was pretty clear that most analysts expected the Galaxy Note 3 CPU to be based on Exynos 5 Octa, which is what you’ll find in some models of the Galaxy S4.

More recently we have heard some new rumors via insiders and apparent leaks, which reveal the possibility of a Snapdragon 600 or 800 being used instead. Interestingly, the HTC T6 is becoming a popular talking point in the world of phablets and some people believe it stands a good chance against Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 with rumors pointing to the inclusion of a Snapdragon 800 processor.

We have included a video below this article that was uploaded to YouTube within the last 24 hours, and this video features a Galaxy S4 (Snapdragon 600) vs. Galaxy S4 (Exynos 5 Octa) benchmark test. This might not be for the upcoming Galaxy Note 3, but it will deliver some insight for the Snapdragon 600 vs. Exynos 5 Octa on a Samsung flagship smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Snapdragon 800 — the most recent leak suggests the Galaxy Note 3 will feature the 800 version of the Snapdragon processor, although it is worth noting that Qualcomm’s next-generation chip hasn’t made it to any released handsets just yet.

If Samsung put either processors in the Galaxy Note 3, we’re sure users would be happy with the performance and there’s a very good chance that some Galaxy Note 3 models will feature the Snapdragon 800 and others the Exynos 5 Octa. You only need to look at the CPU differences in some white versions of the Galaxy S4, although we’ll know more in the coming weeks.

The second video below this article features a quick look at the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 and 800, which was featured at CES 2013. This video delivers some insight into the performance improvements with the new chips.

Do you have a preference between the two types of processors for Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3? It is worth noting that some people still hope to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 given a release date at the June 20th press event in London, although this desire seems a long shot in our opinion.


10 thoughts on “Samsung Galaxy Note 3 pre-release CPU insight”

  1. Tisoyboy2 says:

    The Exynos 5 shows a faster GPU speed at 6:20, why? Different GPU? And also, how come it shows 1600mhz x4 only for the Exynos 5 and not the other 4 cores?

      1. Babs Oyed says:

        Every well informed person already knows that fact. The point is that the lesser cores handle the menial tasks that put a lesser demand on the battery and the more powerful cortex A15 cores do the heavy lifting. It’s all about saving battery, no one is claiming all eight hearts will beat concomitantly.

      2. bob says:

        Incorrect. The Exynos Octacore supports a mode called Heterogeneous Multi Processing (HMP). This allows all 8 scores to run simultaneously.

      1. Tisoyboy2 says:

        That’s good to know. Hopefully we will see the Exynos 5 instead of the Snap Dragon 800 in the N3. I also watch a demonstration of how the Snapdragon throttles the cpu/gpu after a few degree increase in temperature. The Adreno 320 had dropped all the way down to a 200mhz cap after only 20 minutes of gaming that cut the frame rates to less then half.

  2. Note 3 says:

    It makes Sense as Arm 7 cores for less processing while Arm15 for the heavy ones. but Battery drain is huge drawback in the Octa losing against snapdragon 600. Wondering how the 800 will be able to balance out both power + battery. Will be interesting to see when it comes out

  3. Richard Yarrell says:

    I want Octa processor in the Galaxy Note 3 in October. But if the Snapdragon 800 turns out instead it is what it is. Regardless i will be purchasing the Galaxy Note 3 on day one of launch for Tmobile.

  4. Babs Oyed says:

    The Exynos 5 octa is overrated. It’s performance is pretty much on par with the Snapdragon 600 and it might actually very slightly superceded it, but the Snapdragon 800 appears to be hugely superior to the Exynos 5 Octa and additionally has integrated LTE unlike Exynos which will require an extraneous LTE chip.

    I hope it comes with the Snapdragon 800 in the USA. They can use Exynos in markets that don’t support LTE.

    As far as the battery is concerned it is possible to include a 4000mAh battery and still keep the phone thin and light, the phone is large enough for this. Motorola quipped the much thinner, smaller and lighter Razr Maxx with a 3300mAh battery in 2012. It’s a year later and we should definitely be able to shoehorn a 4000mAh battery or larger in the phablet.

    I also hope the minimum storage here will be 32gb with 64gb availability on day one. SD is useless to me without adequate internal storage. I constantly have to uninstal apps from my 16gb Note II and I don’t even have music, pictures, videos or games on the darned thing. I also have a 64gb SD which isn’t that useful because apps don’t install to SD.

  5. Jimmy Drew says:

    Snapdragon 800 for me. Give me the Note 3 and better daylight visibility and a better battery and I will buy it. I love my Note 2 but will upgrade for a faster processor and better screen in daylight and a bit better battery life. I am ready…

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