Samsung’s current Exynos 4 Quad processor powers its flagship Galaxy S III smartphone abroad, but the company on Friday officially began to detail its new Exynos 5 Dual processor, and it’s loaded with goodies. The chip, as its name implies, includes a ARM Cortex A15-based dual-core processor clocked at 1.7GHz with a quad-core Mali-T604 GPU. It offers support for insanely sharp 2560 x 1600-pixel resolution displays, (WQXGA), DirectX 11 (hello, gaming!), OpenGL ES 3.0, Wi-Fi, displays, USB 3.0 and much more. Samsung’s also touting its battery efficiency.
The Exynos 5 Dual Mobile will no doubt power Samsung’s next generation tablets and smartphones. Its high-resolution display support, USB 3.0 offering and more will make it an ideal processor for tablets, and its peripheral and gaming support also make it a likely contender for any tab running Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. Samsung didn’t detail when the processor will hit the market, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see it land within the year.