Samsung’s Exynos line of System-on-Chips powers pretty much every Samsung smartphone sold globally, including the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines of flagship smartphones. Their Exynos chipsets very often beat the competition in terms of performance and raw power, especially in these past few years. The Exynos 9810, the chipset behind this year’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9 was no slouch, but it did increase the competition from the likes of Huawei’s HiSilicon. And to that end, Samsung has now announced the Exynos 9820 which is set to power their 2019 flagship smartphones including the Samsung Galaxy S10 as well as the Galaxy Note 10. And with a lot of improvements in tow, it’s totally worth all the attention.
The Exynos 9820 is all set to compete with the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 8150 platform as well as the HiSilicon Kirin 980, so it needs substantial improvement to keep up. One of the greatest areas of improvement in the Exynos 9820 over its predecessor is the add-on of a dedicated neural processing unit (NPU) to offload AI-related tasks. A neural processing unit allows the processor to perform AI-based tasks over 7 times quicker than the Exynos 9810, according to Samsung. The future is AI and we’ve seen how the Huawei Mate 20 series uses its dual NPUs for new video features.
The Exynos 9820 features the 4th generation of Samsung’s custom CPU cores, but instead of a custom quad-core core cluster coupled with 4 Cortex-A55 cores, the Exynos 9820 goes for a tri-cluster setup consisting of a custom dual-core big cluster instead, together with 2 Cortex-A75 cores and 4 Cortex-A55 cores. This new core setup allows the Exynos 9820 to achieve improvements in single core performances and power efficiency. Speaking of which, the Exynos 9820 is fabricated on an 8nm LPP FinFET process. While not as bleeding-edge as the 7nm process the Kirin 980 and the Apple A12 Bionic were fabricated on, it’s still a highly-appreciated improvement over the previous 10nm LPP FinFET process the Exynos 9810 was fabricated on. According to Samsung, this new low power design allows the Exynos 9820 to consume up to 10 percent less power than its predecessor, which should mean wonders in terms of battery life on the upcoming Galaxy S10.
Other improvements of the Exynos 9820 includes 8K recording at 30 FPS (and improved 4K recording at 150 FPS), improved security capabilities, an advanced ISP with support for up to 5 camera sensors, an improved LTE-Advanced Cat 20 modem, and the high performing ARM Mali G76 GPU for a better gaming experience.
Samsung’s latest SoC is scheduled to begin its mass-production by the end of 2018, and it’s expected to ship with the upcoming Galaxy S10 lineup of smartphones. It’s also expected to power Samsung’s upcoming foldable smartphones, which are rumored to be launched in March. We will get to know more about Samsung’s latest silicon before the announcement of the Galaxy S10, and as always, we’ll keep you in the loop as things unfold.