Samsung's A15 Chromebook Loaded With Ubuntu Is Crazy Fast
Phoronix: Samsung's A15 Chromebook Loaded With Ubuntu Is Crazy Fast
Google recently launched the Samsung Chromebook that for $249 USD features an 11-inch display, a 16GB SSD, a promise of 6.5-hour battery life, and is backed by a Samsung Exynos 5 SoC. The Samsung Exynos 5 packs a 1.7GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor with ARM Mali-T604 graphics. With using this new ARM Cortex-A15 chip plus the Samsung Chromebook not being locked down so it can be loaded up with a Linux distribution like Ubuntu or openSUSE, it was a must-buy for carrying out some interesting Cortex-A15 Linux benchmarks. The Exynos 5 Dual in this affordable laptop packs an impressive performance punch.
Meanwhile, Windows RT (Windows for ARM) is utter shit. This is a huge potential for Ubuntu going forward to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.
An Test against an small i3 or A4 would be awesome. And maybe against an E-450
EDIT: That include an Graphic Benchmark
So how long till we see something with the Mali-T658 and a 2.5Ghz quad Cortex A-15 and a 2880x1600 screen?
I will pay the price of admission for such a beast in a heartbeat!
The Mali-T658 is supposed to have slightly better then a PS3 GPU and with a fast quad behind it would allow for much fun to be had, especially if we get OpenCL going since the GPU supports it.
The E-450 is going to be phased out for the E2-2000 http://www.cpu-world.com/CPUs/Bobcat...20E2-2000.html
Originally Posted by Nille
Google is working on an own Chromebook, much like the Nexus series for Android. It might have just that.
Originally Posted by Kivada
I don't know, in the same ballpark as Atom doesn't sound like "crazy fast" to me. Also, I have a hard time thinking about what I'd use this for.
One question only...
Can this thing play 720p or 1080p smoothly over HDMI with Ubuntu/other distro of choice?
If so, I am probably going to get one of these things now that I know it can have a real OS installed and not hacked on. My single core atom netbook is showing its age and I've been avoiding the locked down Chromebooks.
Last edited by sloggerKhan; 11-20-2012 at 12:47 PM.
Very interesting benchmarks so far - look forward to seeing more, and more varied ones too.
It would be interesting to see comparisons to a Bobcat core - an E-450 or similar, as well as a similar power consumption C-60.
This Exynos 5250 is a 32nm product, but they are planning a 28nm variant fairly soon as well. That could be quad-core, and/or faster at 2GHz, and/or even better octo-core Mali T658 graphics - let's call it the Exynos 5450. That will be one sweet SoC.
If we now get a free as in freedom GPU driver for it... wow! That would be awesome.
That thing plus enough battery runtime, a good keyboard (75% vendors fail at this), enough USB and maybe one or the other legacy port and 100% free drivers for it. Would be a dream. And considering the price it looks like a good offer.