Samsung's Galaxy S4 could feature not two, not four, not six, but a total of eight processor cores due to an upcoming chip.
According to EETimes, the technology company is working on a new processor utilizing ARM's big.little technology. As opposed to integrating a quad-core processor with a fifth core given the job of small background processes, Samsung plans to implement two powerful quad-core chips into one smartphone.
It's said that Samsung will couple four Cortex-A15 cores with four Cortex-A7s; the chips which are more powerful will predominately be used for highly demanding tasks.
The Cortex-A7 chips, which are the lower-powered batch of the chipsets, will be utilized once the load drops, leading to the more powerful A15-powered cores being turned off; subsequently, the less battery-dependent processors will deal with daily tasks performed by the user.
Samsung is reported to have started the production of the Galaxy S4's chip, while an official announcement of the device itself is set for CES 2013 in January.