The existence of Samsung’s next generation processor is slowly coming to light. The South Korean company originally teased the chip over its Exynos Twitter account, while some evidence of its actual name has surfaced.
All Samsung has said about the Exynos 9 is that there will be an announcement soon. It’s expected that this will happen during Samsung’s planned trailer for the Galaxy S8; which will be shown during MWC next week. That is not to say that the Galaxy S8 is being announced at the time, and also means that the Exynos 9 is more likely to be revealed at the actual launch event in March.
— Samsung Exynos (@SamsungExynos) February 17, 2017
That being said rumours have begun flying as to the what the Exynos 9 will entail. A profile on LinkedIn shows a resume that mentions the Exynos 9810; which doesn’t exist yet. This resume comes from an intern though, and really isn’t very convincing as it might simply be an project reference number instead.
At the same time, Chinese tech blog MyDrivers also refers to the Exynos 9810. It also claims to have some details on the processor. These are rather vague, and don’t really paint a clear picture of what it is.
Neither source is particularly reliable at the moment.
Samsung has already revealed that the next Exynos processor will be built on the 10nm lithography process. This is about the size limit for modern processor production, and Samsung is claiming that being able to squeeze more transistors onto the die will lead to a 30 percent performance increase.
We already know that Samsung is using both the homegrown Exynos and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processors in the upcoming Galaxy S8 smartphone. It’s currently assumed that the Snapdragon variant will be a US specific deal; while the rest of the world will see the Exynos 9.