Lately we’ve been quite puzzled with the complete absence of NVIDIA Tegra 4 and Exynos 5 Octa-equipped devices on the market. These CPU’s were announced all the way in the beginning of the year and we expected them to compete with Qualcomm’s offerings. Meanwhile they are nowhere to be seen, and the Snapdragon 800 is probably in large-scale production as we speak.
So what’s going on? It appears ARM’s Cortex-A15 and Mali-600 GPU’s proved quite a hurdle for NVIDIA and Samsung. While the chips are powerhouses, current batteries literally can’t keep up with their energy demands. ARM will try to offset this situation by launching the mid-range Cortex-A12 CPU and Mali-622 GPU. The new cores are 40% faster than Cortex-A9 and can compute with Cortex-A7 cores in big.LITTLE configurations. The Mali-622 supports OpenGL ES 3.0, DirectX 11 and OpenCL 1.1 and promises 50% larger battery life than Mali-604.
However, these chips are set to launch in the middle of 2014. What will Samsung and NVIDIA do until then?Source: GSMArena