Samsung’s Next-Gen Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet is a Quad-Core, not a Dual-Core
Back at the MWC 2012 in Barcelona, Samsung showed dual-core powered GT-N8000 tablet. Even though it does not have a full HD resolution, Samsung decided to make a lot of changes in the final version.
It turns out that Samsung was not satisfied with the performance of the dual-core processor and decided to postpone the release of both Samsung Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note 10.1 until the quad-core chip, Exynos 4412 was ready with proper performance.
However, Exynos 4412 had a troubled birth as well. The first tapeouts did not yield chips capable of such performance, as Samsung Semiconductor was occupied with a prospect of new clients as well. With the new findings in order how to make quad-core operate at sufficient thermal limitations, Exynos 4412 was taped out in the final revision and brought a significant jump in performance.
In fact, the performance rose by a significant margin. When we saw the initial results using the test silicon, the performance was at the levels of Qualcomm Snapdragon S4. However, with the new silicon revision and the powerful Mali GPU (we expect T-604 based one, rather than the Mali-400MP) the performance skyrocketed.
We've stumbled on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 GT-N8000 on Rightware's Powerboard, one of largest databases of benchmarked mobile devices. The fastest score we've ever stumbled across was 37 (Snapdragon S4), but the new Exynos 4412 quad-core processor achieves 60. Needless to say, this level of performance belongs to the next-generation of devices, rather than the present.
As such, we expect that GT-i9300 (Samsung Galaxy SIII) and GT-N8000 (Galaxy Note 10.1) will significantly increase the bar among numerous competitors, like ASUS's (Nvidia Tegra powered) Transformers and Apple's next iPad refresh.