Samsung has showcased a oct-core processor for mobiles and its flexible screen technology at CES, but the Korean manufacturer is keeping its powder dry on devices for future events.
Unlike rival Sony, Samsung did not reveal a new flagship device, with suggestions a successor to the Galaxy S III will be announced in late spring. However, the Exynos 5 Octa processor will power its forthcoming high-end smartphones and tablets. Samsung said the processor will offer 70% higher energy efficiency compared to its former quad-core Exynos. Stephen Woo [pictured], president of system LSI business of the device solutions division, said: 'The new Exynos 5 Octa introduces a whole new concept in processing architecture... design for high-end smartphones and tablets. When you want multiple applications to perform at their best, you want the best application processor currently available.'
Samsung also showcased its flexible displays, which use thin plastic instead of glass. The manufacturer said this would make devices bendable and 'virtually unbreakable'. Woo added: 'Our team was able to make a high resolution display on extremely thin plastic instead of glass, so it won't break even if it's dropped. This new form factor will really begin to change how people interact with their devices, opening up new lifestyle possibilities [and] allow our partners to create a whole new ecosystem of devices.'
Author: Graeme Neill