If you’ve been following Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa developments, you’d be aware that Samsung’s current generation is nothing but two quad-cores integrated on one SoC. In short, Galaxy S4 that is the only device on sale right now with an Exynos 5 Octa chip uses 4+4 configuration.
However, that’s about to change with today’s announcement. Samsung has announced the support of Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) solution for its Exynos 5 Octa processors.
HMP will basically allow the processor to use all the eight cores in the Exynos 5 Octa, if the need arises. In simpler words, performance-critical work can use the more powerful Cortex-A15 and less powerful Cortex-A7 cores delivering the desired performance while for lesser intensive tasks like background sync, one or few Cortex-A7 cores could be used.
Samsung hasn’t disclosed which Exynos 5 Octa processors will get the HMP update but expect it to be released in Q4 2013.