It is rumored that Samsung will soon introduce the Exynos 2100 chipset and that it won’t be plagued by performance and power efficiency issues that plagued the Exynos 990. However, that isn’t the only processor that the South Korean smartphone giant is working on. The company reportedly has two more Exynos processors in the pipeline.
The Exynos 2100, which is expected to be a part of the Galaxy S21, goes by the internal model number Exynos 9840. According to Ice Universe (@UniverseIce on Twitter), Samsung is working on the Exynos 9855 and the Exynos 9925. So, we can expect the Exynos 9855 to debut with the Galaxy S22 in 2022. The Exynos 9925 will reportedly feature AMD’s Radeon graphics, and we can expect it to be released only in 2023. However, some previous rumors had claimed that we could see an Exynos chipset with AMD graphics as soon as 2021, so we can only be certain after an official announcement from Samsung.
Samsung had recently unveiled the Exynos 1080 processor with 5nm process, Cortex-A78 CPU cores, Cortex-A55 CPU cores, and the ARM Mali-G78 GPU. The Exynos 1080 is expected to be a mid-range processor and could debut inside a Vivo smartphone, followed by the Galaxy A52 and the Galaxy A72.
Samsung fans have been waiting for an Exynos chipset that can beat its Snapdragon counterpart for years, but most of them are now losing hope, especially after the dismal performance of the Exynos 990. The South Korean firm’s semiconductor design arm needs to work harder to meet consumer expectations.
Google Zork Chromebook with AMD Ryzen 3 3250C spotted on Google Play Console
- Google Zork Chromebook specifications have been spotted on Google Play Console
- Key specs include AMD Ryzen 3 3250C, 4GB RAM, Radeon Vega 3 GPU, and Full HD display
- There could be another variant with Ryzen 7 3700C processor, as per Geekbench
Google is said to be working on a new Chromebook with the codename ‘Zork’ and it was spotted on the Geekbench platform back in April revealing key information, including the Android operating system version and chipset powering it. Now, the same Google Zork Chromebook has appeared on the Google Play Console, 91mobiles has discovered. The listing reveals more specifications of the notebook and reiterates earlier leaked details. Google Zork Chromebook specs, as per the listing, include the AMD Ryzen 3 3250C paired with 4GB RAM, Radeon Vega 3 GPU, a Full HD display with 1,920 X 1,080 pixels resolution, and 160 screen density.
Though the Google Play Console listing shows the device will run Android 9 OS, we suspect it might run on Chrome OS considering Android devices aren’t powered by AMD processors. The HP Pro Chromebook c645 that was introduced recently comes with the same AMD Ryzen 3 3250C processor, thereby making way for more Chromebooks with AMD processors. The listing also includes a render of the notebook with a sizeable trackpad and a proper keyboard with a matte finish. However, it’s possible the image could be a placeholder for now and may not represent the actual design of Google Zork.
Google Zork Chromebook specifications on Geekbench previously also mentioned a variant with the AMD Ryzen 7 3700C processor variant that has 4 CPU cores and 8 threads. The chipset is paired with Radeon Vega Mobile GFX graphics module and a large 8GB of RAM. Since the Chromebook has started appearing on the web, we suspect the development is inching closer to the final stages and the launch could be around the corner. We hope to learn more information soon. Stick around.
LG Rollable looks LIGHT YEARS ahead of Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 thanks to OLED TV tech
Foldable smartphones are big news in the mobile industry thanks to the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Galaxy Z Flip. But LG is looking to go big or go home with its LG Rollable phone. Also known as LG Project B, it features – naturally enough – a rollable display. It leverages the tech behind the LG Rollable OLED TV to give a whole new twist on folding smartphones – or should we say rolling smartphones?
LG’s Explorer Project has already seen the LG Wing made its debut – a unique swivel handset that offer multi-screen functionality without folding – but its new Project B handset with a rollable screen is on another level entirely.
LG has been working on a rollable display for a while, and we initially heard about its Project B smartphone last November, with its extendable screen, as opposed to flexible, foldable display like the Galaxy Z Fold 2, or Motorola Razr.
At first glance, the handset looks like a standard smartphone, but the frame can be pulled out to both the left and the right to double the screen real estate. This is achieved thanks to an inner, flexible frame that slides out of the device’s metal housing.
The design has some advantage over foldable phones on the market now, with the biggest one being the absence of a hinge or crease; a panel with a fold in it will see the crease put under strain, potentially affecting the structural integrity of the display.
What’s more, the rollable can adapt to how the smartphone is being used – in much the same way as the LG Wing. In landscape mode, for example, expanding the screen while playing a video or streaming music could reveal the controls so that your viewing remains uninterrupted. There’s also the option of multitasking with a split-screen mode.
LG is reportedly skipping straight over the foldable trend, and is looking to launch its rollable smartphone in March, 2021 according to Neowin. It’s possible that the handset will only be extendable on one side, as opposed to both as depicted in the patent, but it’s a radical concept and we’re intrigued to see a company bucking the foldable trend to try something new.
New MacBook Pro Must Answer This One Simple Question
There are two key questions around Apple’s new direction with the Mac family, both based around the switch from Intel-based processors to Apple’s own ARM-based processors.
One of these is the relative performance of the two chipsets. If ARM is the future then the future needs to have the same heft as the past. Leaked benchmarks suggest that this will be the case, at least in terms of raw numbers.
The second is that of backwards compatibility. The move to ARM has the potential to break compatibility with the application library relied on by countless millions of Mac users. Ensuring a smooth transition and allowing the ARM-powered Macs to invisibly pick up where an older Intel-powered Mac was replaced will go a long way to rejuvenating the Mac platform.
The move to ARM needs to be, for the consumer at least, something that (ahem) just works.
Broadly speaking, there are three tranches of apps that need to be considered.
The first is the easiest for Apple to deal with… its own apps. The full range of applications that come as part of a new Mac machine should all be available out of the box. They will take full advantage of the power savings, have deep integration with the hardware, and will likely show up the speed and power advantages that ARM offers.
The second tranche consists of the existing third-party apps that are currently under active development. No doubt Apple will be working hard with many of the key developers to ensure that specific apps have native ARM versions ready to go when the MacBook and MacBook Pro machines go on sale. Thanks to the Developer Transition Kits, there will be an army of smaller developers who will have apps ready as well. Apple will no doubt have a big number of apps that are ‘already running on our new platform.”
The third tranche are those apps that have not yet been ported. For these applications users will be reliant on Apple’s Rosetta 2 emulation layer. Not every developer will have a transition kit, not every developer will have the ability to create native code versions, and some apps will have been abandoned – but could still be in active use in the community.
Will Apple look to support every app that could run under macOS Catalina? Will it limit the emulation to the latest tools? How much performance will be lost using emulated apps compared to the native apps? The goal will be for a totally invisible process where the user doesn’t need to know about the intricacies of ARM and Intel at the heart of their apps.
Apple just needs them to work. Apple’s event on Tuesday will show us how Apple intends to deliver on that expectation.