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More cores, less money: KingSing T1 is a $160 octa-core phone

There was a time when octa-core chips were only available in relatively expensive smartphones and tablets. Then along came MediaTek with its affordable MT6592 8-core ARM Cortex-A7 chip. MediaTek’s processor may not be as powerful as some octa-core chips, but it’s cheap enough that at least one company plans to use the chip in a smartphone […]

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Samsung introduces Exynos 5422 and 5260 octa, hexa-core chips

Samsung is adding two new processors to its Exynos family. The Samsung Exynos 5422 is an updated, faster version of the Exynos 5420 octa-core processor, while the new Exynos 5260 is the company’s first hexa-core chip (and likely the processor used in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo). Both chips use ARM’s big.LITTLE technology to […]

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Qualcomm goes 64-bit with Snapdragon 610 & 615 chips

Qualcomm is throwing its hat in the 64-bit processor ring with two new ARM Cortex-A53 processors based on ARMv8 architecture. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 chips should be available by the end of 2014. The chip maker says it will begin sampling the processors in the third quarter of the year, which means you […]

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Lilbits (1-30-2014): Red Nexus 5 launch on Feb 4th?

Google’s Nexus 5 smartphone offers a fast processor, a good screen, and the most up-to-date Android software you’re likely to find. But if you’re not fond of phones that come in stark black or white, you currently need to slap a case on the phone to give it a splash of color. But there’s mounting […]

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Qualcomm working on 64-bit and octa-core chips

Chip maker Qualcomm is reportedly working on a a few new processors for smartphones and tablets, including models with 64-bit architecture and possibly a new octa-core chip. The upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 is a 64-bit chip with integrated support for 4G LTe networks. Meanwhile, Chinese news sources suggest we could see a new 8-core MSM8994/APQ8094 from […]

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Zopo ZP988 is the first phone with MediaTek’s 8-core CPU

Chinese device maker Zopo has introduced one of the first phones to feature MediaTek’s new “true” 8-core processor. The Zopo ZP998 features a 5.5 inch display, an MT6592 processor, and 2GB of RAM. The phone is already available for pre-order for $299 — but unfortunately it’s unlikely to support 3G networks in the United States. […]

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Allwinner unveils Allwinner A80 Octa processor

Chinese chip maker Allwinner plans to launch its first octa-core chip. The Allwinner A80 Octa features 8 processor cores and uses ARM’s big.LITTLE technology to pair a set of high-performance cores with lower-power cores in order to balance performance and battery life in phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Allwinner tells us the chip design […]

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How the 8-cores in Samsung’s octa-core chips will work together

Samsung says it’s Exynos 5 Octa chips will soon be able to use all 8 processor cores at once. But that doesn’t mean that phones or tablets with the octa-core chip will always be firing on all cylinders. ARM has released a series of videos showing how it’s big.LITTLE Heterogeneous Multi-Processing technology allows the 4 ARM […]