Samsung reveals processor that will power its next flagship smartphone

The processor has four cores but still uses less power than its dual-core predecessor

Samsung Electronics has introduced the 1.4GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor, which will power the next Galaxy smartphone, the company said on Thursday.

It is scheduled to launch its next flagship smartphone, which is expected to be called Galaxy S III, on May 3 in London.

Samsung still hasn't confirmed the name of the phone. But said that the ARM Cortex A9-based Exynos 4 Quad is already in production and is scheduled to be designed first into Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone that will officially be announced in May.

The processor is particularly well-suited for heavy-load applications such as 3D games, video editing, and calculation-intensive simulation, according to Samsung. In addition, it has a video hardware codec engine for 1080p video recording and play-back, it said.

But Samsung also had battery consumption in mind when designing the processor. Due to its low-power process and power-saving design, the Exynos 4 Quad "has two times the processing capability" of its dual-core predecessor "while consuming 20 percent less power," according to the company.

For example, the processor can switch off cores to lower power consumption when all the power isn't needed, Samsung said.

A quad-core processor was one of the expected improvements to be included in the Galaxy S III, compared to the dual-core processor in the Galaxy S II.

The phone is also expected to have a 4.6-inch display with a 1280-by-720 pixel resolution, as well as an 8-megapixel camera and LTE connectivity for some parts of the world.

Exynos 4 Quad is sampling to other major handset makers, which means they can get their hands on smaller volumes of the processor.

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