Samsung likes to describe its Exynos 5 Octa processor as an 8-core chip. And technically, it is. But it actually has 4 ARM Cortex-A15 chips and 4 lower-power ARM Cortex-A7 chips. Most of the time you’ll only use one set or the other.
So now that the first benchmark results are in, it’s not surprising to see that the Exynos 5 Octa is fast. But it turns out that it might not be quite as fast (in at least one benchmark test) as NVIDIA’s upcoming Tegra 4 quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip.
Here’s a roundup of some of the day’s news from around the web.
- Samsung Exynos 5 Octa benchmarked (it’s fast)
The first benchmarks of the chip that will power (some versions of) Samsung’s new Galaxy S IV are in. And it’s fast. Really fast… faster than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600. But it may not be quite as fast as NVIDIA’s new chip. [SamMobile]
- Samsung promises bigger, faster solid state drivers with flash memory improvements
Samsung doesn’t just make chips (and phones). The company is also touting some new flash memory technology that it says will lead to faster storage and larger solid state drives. [Samsung Tomorrow]
- Chrome OS to add support for multi-user profile switching without logging out of your account
Want to let your friend or family member login to their Google account on your Chromebook without logging yourself out first. It looks like that feature may be coming. [Chrome Story]
- Rockmelt moves beyond the browser (or into the browser) with a new web app for aggregating your streams, feeds
Rockmelt started out as a web browser with social features built in. Then the company started offering mobile apps. Now it’s back to the desktop… through a web app. Reminds me a bit of Jolicloud’s evolution. [Rockmelt]
- Google Inactive Account Manager lets you decide what happens to your account data when you die (or forget to login)
Ever wonder what happens to your online account data after you don’t need it anymore? Now you can take control of your Google accounts by choosing your digital heirs who will be able to access your accounts if you don’t login after a set period of time. Or you can just have your account deleted. [Google]
- Intel says Clover Trail+ chips are for phones only, but Bay Trail is coming later this year for tablets
Intel Clover Trail chips are for tablets… but Clover Trail+ chips are only for phones. Tablet makers that want something different from Clover Trail will have to wait until Intel releases its next-gen Atom chips, code-named Bay Trail later this year. [Mobile Geeks]