Samsung is launching its first processor based on a 20nm manufacturing process. The Exynos 5430 is an 8-core processor which pairs 4 ARM Cortex-A15 CPU cores with 4 Cortex-A7 cores.

It’s a lot like the company’s last few octa-core chips… but thanks to the move from 28nm to 20nm, among other things, the new chip should offer better performance while reducing power consumption.

The Samsung Galaxy Alpha smartphone will be the first device powered by an Exynos 5430 processor when the new metal-clad phone ships in September.

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Samsung says the new chip will use about 25 percent less power than its predecessors, which helps justify the decision to use an 1860mAh battery in the Galaxy Alpha instead of a larger battery like the one used in the Galaxy S5.

While the Galaxy Alpha features a 720p display, Samsung says the new chip can also support devices with screen resolutions as high as 2560 x 1500 pixels and supports H.265 video playback.

Note that not every version of the Galaxy Alpha will use this chip: There’s also a quad-core version of the phone which will be sold in some markets.

samsung exynos 5430

via AnandTech

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6 replies on “Samsung launches Exynos 5430 octa-core, 20nm processor”

  1. I seriously hope that this SOC is really better than the Exynos 5420 because that hasn’t got reaving reviews with the Chromebook 2.

    I haven’t really seen any killer Exynos SOCs from Samsung for a while.

  2. That tiny battery still has to power the screen, which I assume like most phones still uses the most power (unless you never use your phone). The battery life will be terrible on this.

  3. Is this the first US market Samsung phone with an Exynos SOC? I thought that the S1, S2, S3, S4 and S4 US versions were all Qualcomm. It’s great that they feel their own SOC is superior to Qualcomms.

    1. It’s not a question of superiority — it’s a question of integrated support for 4G LTE. Don’t be surprised if the US version of the Alpha also has a Qualcomm chip.

  4. NOOOOO… I want a phone which consumes less power (like this one) but the same battery. Imagine what runtime the alpha could have with a 3000mAh battery….

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