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Rumor: 6.3-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 May Sport 8-Cores

By - Source: Korea Times | B 31 comments

Phablet would become device to boast world's largest phone screen.


Samsung's rumored 6.3-inch Galaxy Note 3 phablet is said to sport an eight-core processor.

According to the Korea Times, the Galaxy Note 3 will, as previously reported, feature a 6.3-inch display. Comparatively, its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2 phablet, sports a 5.5-inch screen.

The South Korean technology titan, which recently stressed that phablets (a hybrid between smartphones and tablets) are here to stay, is also rumored to be integrating its next-generation eight-core Exynos 5 Octa processor into the device. During CES 2013, the company announced the world's first eight-core mobile processor.

Amid reports over Apple cutting its business ties with its chief competitor, Samsung is apparently pitching its processing products to smartphone manufacturers in China including Huawei and ZTE.

Should the Galaxy Note 3 prove to be in existence with the aforementioned specs, it would become both the world's most powerful smartphone and a device with the world's largest screen found on a phone. Huawei's Ascend D2 holds the former moniker (read our hands-on impressions here), while the latter title is attributed to the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate -- head on over to our hands-on impressions with the device here.

 

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    hppart , January 18, 2013 4:09 AM
    shutup and take my moneysssssss
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    jankeke , January 18, 2013 4:39 AM
    paniniI still don't get why we need 8 cores when no app on my phone even utilizes 4 cores.

    It's 4 Cortex A15 and 4 Cortex A7 cores. It will only use 4 cores at a time.
    There is the big.LITTLE mode which uses either the 4 A15 or the 4 A7 cores.

    Then there is a "core migration" mode. So it can use 2 A7 + 2A15 or 3 A7 + 1 A15 or any other combination. So it will manage it's energy consumption according to the processing power needs.

    And finally a mode which uses all 8 cores for heavy duty tasks but I doubt that any app would need that anytime soon.
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  • 12 Hide
    hppart , January 18, 2013 4:09 AM
    shutup and take my moneysssssss
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2013 4:11 AM
    Well, stylus is way more useful with a larger screen. 6.3" inch is nothing compare to the original Galaxy Tab which can also make phone call. Even hold it to make a phone call once. Can they switch the microSD slot to be accessible from the case instead of having to open up the battery? 6.3" sure is big enough space for that no?
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    halcyon , January 18, 2013 4:21 AM
    I. Want. It.
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    bak0n , January 18, 2013 4:27 AM
    paniniI still don't get why we need 8 cores when no app on my phone even utilizes 4 cores.

    Because you can run 4 apps at the same time here.
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    jankeke , January 18, 2013 4:39 AM
    paniniI still don't get why we need 8 cores when no app on my phone even utilizes 4 cores.

    It's 4 Cortex A15 and 4 Cortex A7 cores. It will only use 4 cores at a time.
    There is the big.LITTLE mode which uses either the 4 A15 or the 4 A7 cores.

    Then there is a "core migration" mode. So it can use 2 A7 + 2A15 or 3 A7 + 1 A15 or any other combination. So it will manage it's energy consumption according to the processing power needs.

    And finally a mode which uses all 8 cores for heavy duty tasks but I doubt that any app would need that anytime soon.
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    joaompp , January 18, 2013 4:51 AM
    but can it play crysis
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    stevelord , January 18, 2013 4:56 AM
    If Apple was announcing the same thing....there would be outrage...because it's Apple. But of course, Samsung gets a pass.
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    hp79 , January 18, 2013 5:12 AM
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    shutup and take my moneysssssss

    Mine too!!

    But realistically, the A15 cores seems to be a power hog, almost the similar level to a Atom Z2760 while performing much worse. I'd rather get a Atom phone if intel can iron out all the bugs and driver issues, with OS as Android or Windows 8 x86. Wishful thinking, I know.

    I have a Note 1 (N7000), and I it's laggy with ICS even though I removed whole bunch of stuff. Dialer takes 2-4 seconds to show up.
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    kyuuketsuki , January 18, 2013 5:14 AM
    FFS it's a 4+4 processor, not an 8-core.
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    Anonymous , January 18, 2013 5:42 AM
    Been shopping for awhile...I found my phone! WOW!
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    ricardok , January 18, 2013 6:02 AM
    What impresses me more on the specs is the 5000mAh battery! Alas! Samsung did put a big battery this time!
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    ben850 , January 18, 2013 6:30 AM
    Sorry, it can no longer be called a phone at that point. 5.5 inches was stretching it hard and causing anal fissures.

    6.3 is just....... a tablet.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 18, 2013 6:30 AM
    OMFG really?? I might jump ship even though I love my DROID RAZR MAXX.
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    JackFrost860 , January 18, 2013 7:37 AM
    with ever increasing cores, ram, screen size, etc... we need better development of battery tech.
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    JOSHSKORN , January 18, 2013 7:41 AM
    joaomppbut can it play crysis

    I actually thumbed up your comment. It'd be awesome if it did. Maybe we're getting close to being able to do that.
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    rantoc , January 18, 2013 8:57 AM
    The 4+4 cores cpu most likely?
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    rantoc , January 18, 2013 8:58 AM
    JOSHSKORNMaybe we're getting close to being able to do that.


    At desktop resolutions (1080p+)? Hardly unless you call a very slow dia-projector a film projector...
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    teh_chem , January 18, 2013 11:01 AM
    Jesus, that's big... I think my 4.7" screen phone is already too big--but that's just me. On the other hand, I know of some people who have opted to go the voice-capable tablet route, and don't bother with phone handsets anymore.
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    g00fysmiley , January 18, 2013 11:03 AM
    want... here's hoping sprint gets it by the time my current contract expires
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