Samsung already has a new Galaxy S on its way, and if the forecasts come true, it will arrive earlier than in previous years to take advantage of Huawei’s weakness. But today’s chipset will not be for him. We’re talking about the Exynos 1080, a new processor for mobile devices that is compatible with 5G networks and is coming to face the next generation of Snapdragon. Also looking for new customers, since Samsung will not be its only integrator.
The Exynos 1080 initially takes over from the Exynos 980 using a new 5 nm lithographic process developed in-house by Samsung. The South Korean manufacturer wants to underpin its capabilities as a manufacturer of advanced chipsets, thus competing with TSMC foundries.
The design itself is a heterogeneous big.LITTLE, with a total of eight cores distributed among a single A78 at 2.8 GHz for high performance work, three A78 at 2.2 GHz and finally four A55 at 2.0 GHz. The GPU is a Mali-G78. It is an interesting combination that should provide a great deal of autonomy thanks to its ability to shift the workload to the most appropriate cores at any given time.
In terms of power, the data is somewhat confusing. South Korean sources say that multicore performance has doubled from the previous model, and the same would be true of the Mali-G78 graphs. These data do not correspond at all to the 15-20 percent jump that would be expected in a generational leap, but it is also true that the 980 was oriented to the mid-range, and the new 1080, without apparently wanting to deviate from that, arrives with performance comparable to that of a new-generation top-of-the-range. We will have to keep an eye on the benchmarks.
For the rest, the Exynos 1080 has some interesting features. In addition to having a 5G sub-6 GHz modem and mmWave for Chinese networks (which already gives clues about the manufacturers that could integrate it), the new Samsung chipset will support LPDDR4X and LPDDR5 memories, single-sensor cameras with up to 200 MP or 32 + 32 MP and 90 Hz (WQHD+) or 144 Hz (FHD+) displays. There is also Bluetooth 5.2, 802.11ax and FM radio.
According to Samsung, the first phones with Exynos 1080 will arrive in early 2021, and Vivo will be the first brand to release it.