Samsung talks about its future processor and screen technology

Samsung used the International CES in Las Vegas last week to show off two visions of the future of mobile technology.

The first was its new Exynos 5 Octa chipset, an eight-core processor that combines exceptional performance with class-leading battery life.

Rather than simply creating an eight-core processor that might consume loads of power and, more often than not, be totally over the top for most usage needs, the Exynos 5 utilises the ‘BIG.little‘ concept – four high-powered cores, and four low-powered cores for normal day-to-day usage, such as making calls, surfing the web or playing back video.

This is made possible with four ARM Cortex A15 cores for the ‘BIG’ processor and four Cortex A7 cores for the ‘little’ processor. The chip will automatically switch based on usage needs, meaning developers will not need to modify code as applications won’t even know which cores are running the code.

Twist and shout

Samsung is certainly keen to shout about its other development, which has been in development for some time and was widely speculated as getting its debut at the show.

The flexible display, using an OLED panel on plastic rather than glass, can be folded, twisted or rolled up.

Samsung demonstrated some of the screens on stage at its keynote, along with a concept handset that has its screen wrapping around the edges – possibly to show information when the phone is placed face down on a desk.

There will of course be many other applications for a flexible display, many of which are still to be thought of.

One likely usage could be wearable electronics, such as a wristwatch that could have a display that wraps around the whole wrist.

Samsung shows off its flexible OLED panel for smartphones, tablets and other applications.

Samsung hasn’t given any date on when a flexible screen might make it into a real product, but you can expect a device using the Exynos 5 Octa processor to be released later in 2013 for sure.

Our guess is that it will be more suited for a high-end tablet than a new smartphone, but with the Samsung Galaxy S IV due to be unveiled any time between March and May, you never know!

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