Smartphones and a lot of other portable devices are out to get a little faster and better and some of them might even become better photo takers. Samsung announced today the latest and the quickest modification of the Exynos mobile processor. The new one is labeled the 4212 and it is the ARM Cortex A9 processor clocked to a whopping 1.5GHz. It is built on a 32mn process and the 4212 is 30% more efficient than the predecessor, the 4210. Moreover, it is around 25% faster than the older version. While the previous version was quite comprehensive and was well capable of tackling most tasks of average smartphone usage, it wasn’t equipped enough to handle 3D imaging because of the 1.3 version of the HDMI controller. The new one features the modified 1.4 version of the controller which allows recording at 70fps. Right now, it is not clear which new phones will be using the new processor but apparently only a select few will be given the privilege.
The other release from Samsung is a new image sensor based on CMOS technology with 16 million pixels to capture photos and colors! It is confirmed that images of the specified resolution can be clicked. Further, it will shoot 30fps video at about 8 megapixels, though that just may be stretching the realm of reality since most point and shoot cameras can’t record at that high a resolution, let alone smartphones. While the megapixel count is not the entire story, it does make a significant contribution to the quality of the images clicked and the phones that use this new sensor, again only a few, should dwarf the recently released 13 MP CMOS snappers.