Samsung Electronics has announced their next-generation system on a chip (SoC) that will power their future smartphones and tablets — the Exynos 5 Octa.
Its not exactly 8 similar cores but actually a pair of quad core processors. The implementation basically uses four ARM Cortex-A15 cores and four Cortex-A7 cores.
Each high-power core has a companion low-power core. This is actually similar to what nVidia did with Tegra 3 (they added a 5th, low-power companion core) only this time, it’s 4 cores altogether.
This configuration was licensed from ARM’s big.LITTLE technology and was recently outlined in ARM’s Cortex A-50 series processors. This mean more powerful chips with better battery-saving features.