Wow. We didn’t expect this to soon. We didn’t get to see the Galaxy S4 announced on their keynote at CES, but Samsung revealed something that should get us all excited. They just unveiled their new processor and gave a glimpse of the Youm, the flexible OLED display.

Samsung Exynos 5 Octa

Samsung just announced their new Exynos 5 Octa processor. And yes, the term ‘Octa’ refers to 8 mind-blowing cores! If you want power on your smartphone, then this one’s for you. But hold on, it’s not available yet.

Stephen Woo, Samsung’s president, introduced their latest development in mobile processors, Exynos 5 Octa. This is expected to trump the performance of its quad-core predecessor by a mile. Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa is probably the first ever mobile processor to incorporate the ARM big.LITTLE processing technology that’s based on the Cortex A15 CPU.

Basically, the Exynos 5 Octa will have a total of 8-cores – 4 Cortex A15 CPUs to take care of the high-end side of things while 4 Cortex A7 will be the one in duty for the lighter work. Samsung also claimed that this will also be more efficient than the older quad-core Exynos by up to 70%. But don’t make the A7 fool you. Although it’s under-powered against other processors, this can probably take even the highly demanding tasks like gaming and resource hog applications. Adding the battery-friendly description (due to A7), poof! You got a powerful 8-core CPU.

UPDATE: If you want to see Samsung’s keynote, you can watch it below.

* For Exynos 5 Octa: Go to 12:33.

*For Youm Flexible OLED Display: Go to 39:47.

Youm Flexible OLED Display

On the other side of things, the Youm flexible OLED display was also announced by Samsung. It has been the talk around the web before and finally, Samsung decided to show off this new technology on this year’s CES.

There is still no actual device around that sports this type of display, though Samsung showed some teasers. The photo below (via TheVerge) shows a smartphone with a slightly bent right edge display while it is set on landscape mode. The content of the screen can be easily seen so that a user can quickly check if there are any notifications on their smartphone.


So what do this mean? Hopefully, since displays will soon be flexible, we’re hoping that we’ll get other smartphone designs because it feels like the same old look over and over again. We don’t want something that’s very odd, though. With this new tech at hand, careless people will now be able to put their smartphones in their pocket seamlessly without worrying much about its screen.

Samsung didn’t give details regarding the availability of these two and which devices will feature it but we’re expecting that either (if not both) the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3 will get it. That is, if Samsung’s now ready to take this technology out in the public. We’ll keep you posted once we get more details.

For now, what do you think? Do you like a smartphone with an 8-core processor and flexible display?

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