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Samsung Planning 2GHz Dual-Core Smartphone

A report from South Korea quoting a high ranking Samsung employee has claimed that the manufacturer is planning to release a smartphone powered by a dual-core 2GHz CPU some time in 2012.

Way back in Janaury, we saw the birth of the “superphone” when nVidia and LG launched the Optimus 2X, which was the world’s first dual-core phone. Since then we’ve seen quite a few more dual-core phone including the HTC Sensation, Motorola Atrix and even Samsung’s own Galaxy S II. Indeed the Galaxy S II, along with the Sensation, currently boast the highest clock speed for a mobile CPU at 1.2GHz. Now however, South Korean search engine, Daum, has reported that Samsung will be bringing the power of a desktop to your smartphone. "We are planning to release a 2GHz dual core CPU-equipped smartphone by next year," said a high-ranking official from the company. "This product will have the data processing capacities of a regular PC."

Most desktops these days shipping with CPUs between 3-4GHz, and the new mobile CPU from Samsung promises data processing capabilites of 4GHz. In further news Daum is reporting that the chip will be released under the Exynos brand and that Samsung is considering selling the chip to other phone manufacturers. Considering that software has yet to really catch up with the new superphone hardware, we wonder why Samsung would feel the need to push the mobile CPU speeds by so much. However, a CPU with that speed could well make smartphones – and more especially tablets – a lot more attractive to business users as viable desktop and laptop replacements.

We will have to wait and see what Samsung, and no doubt nVidia, Apple and all other chip manufacturers have in store for the next 12 months. What we do want to know though is what this new generation of phones are going to be called if the phones we have now are superphones? So far, our favourite title is “megaphones” but let us know what you think in the comments.

Source: Daum

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April 18, 2011, 5:46 pm

Honestly, this is getting boring & silly. 2GHz in a telephone? Really? Really?! So much for the CPU speed war being over, it's just moved from PC's to phones and from GHz to number of cores. Crazy.

I take it Samsung are throwing in a portable mini 'Mr Fusion' reactor to power this sucker through 1 working day?


April 18, 2011, 5:47 pm

Great, new 2GHz phones with a 10 minute battery life that you can fry eggs on.


April 18, 2011, 6:18 pm

love it! More GeeBees, wifis and GiggleHurts!
But seriously, I like where this is going. I hope Samsung release it with Phone 7 so I can start using software and data between my PC and phone. Would best have to have the phone with a keyboard then I think.


April 18, 2011, 6:26 pm

"as viable desktop and laptop replacements".

Until you can carry around a 13 inch screen and a full size keyboard in your pocket, that's highly unlikely.

2GHz is getting a little silly. It's unlikely that people will need this much power to perform the kind of tasks they'll want to do with a smartphone. IMHO this is just headline-grabbing spec sheet one-upmanship. It's the megapixel war all over again.

Tim Sutton

April 18, 2011, 6:46 pm

This was always the logical and inevitable convergence.

The point about having multiple cores is that when battery life is a concern then cores are powered down. Its exactly the same when you run a laptop away from a power socket. Then you get back to the office, slot it into a docking station and it runs at full speed on a big screen.

Having that level of functionality on a phone is the holy grail.

For business use only ever needing to carry a phone is fervently to be wished for, and I've been saying that's exactly where we're headed for ages.


April 18, 2011, 6:47 pm

While it's always welcome to have manufacturers pushing boundaries, are they pushing the right ones?

There is without doubt a CPU / SOC war going on. We've just seen dual core phones announced at MWC which without doubt got the majority of the headlines. (Remember before HTC announced the Sensation how their single core new models were received luke-warmly?) We've also witnessed the iPad2 which was essentially the iPad with a dual core / 9 x GPU improvement in a thinner body be very suucessful. Most recently we've had Intel announce their Oak Trail and plans for Cedar Trail processors with Intel stating that they intend to accelerate their mobile SOC development faster than Moores Law. So this announcement from Samsung's is not suprising.

In hand with these speed devlopments come benefits from improved semiconducter manufacturing processes. Currently 45nm processes, moving to 32nm and 22nm in upcoming years will counter-balance power requirements for the increased speed, so we're likely to see equivalent or maybe slightly improved battery life.

However, improved battery life is my overwhelming choice for smartphone development (isn't it everybodies?), and underclocking these new chips and using the chip manufacturing improvements to give us increased battery life is an option - so how about it?


April 18, 2011, 8:46 pm

Didn't Apple teach us it is all about the Software?

However, Stewart has a good point. If the manufacturers can clock this beast down to one gigahertz and give us 2-3 working days of use, it would make sense.

But why would they do that?

The current single-core models from HTC and Sony Ericsson have all been praised for their speed and overall niceness. But somehow it just detracts that they are not fastest scooters on the pier.

What is the reason for this? It seems like there is currently no good reason, except that they are not the fastest. And perhaps in six months time when we are all doing HD video encoding on our phones, then those single-core phones will surely feel lost...


April 18, 2011, 9:45 pm

@Jesper: HD video encoding? On a phone? That would be a pretty cool tech demo, but perhaps not a game-changing feature?

My complete lack of desire for features like this serves to highlight how pointless I think dual core chips currently are.

Don't get me wrong, I'm sure dual core only applications that are actually useful will eventually materialise. I just can't see that happening to any significant degree for at least a year, probably longer.

Also, I'm not sure that any amount of SoC underclocking would imbue a smartphone with 3 day battery life for as long as the large screen, GPS, WiFi and multi-threaded OS are still sucking down the juice.


April 19, 2011, 4:09 am

Personally I'd say why not build a 2Ghz dual core phone? Desktop processor seem to have hit a brick wall interms of clock speeds, which has in turn, hurt software development. I'm sure it will only be a matter of months before we get software which maxes out these phones, and there will be apps that you can only run on a dual core phone.

"the new mobile CPU from Samsung promises data processing capabilities of 4GHz." - eerrr parallel processing is not that simple, 2Ghz + 2Ghz doesn't technically equal 4Ghz

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