Samsung has announced its latest Exynos SoC for mid-tier smartphones. The Exynos 7 9610 features a number of flagship functions in a mid-tier price range, including slow-motion recording and 4K video.
The Exynos 7 9610 chipset is designed for mid-tier smartphones, and may appear in future models of the Samsung Galaxy A series. The new chip is built on the 10nm FinFET process, which is probably the first time on a mid-range processor, and promises better power consumption and heat management. The SoC will feature four Cortex-A73 cores running at 2.3GHz and four 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 cores while graphics is handled by a second-generation Bifrost-based ARM Mali-G72 core.
Smartphones using the Exynos 7 9610 will be able to record 4K video at up to 120fps, a feature previously limited to high-end smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S9. The chip also comes with 480fps slow-motion recording in full HD, thus giving mid-tier OEMs a leg up in image capabilities with the new SoC.
Other features includes an always-on sensor to detect gestures thanks to the embedded Cortex-M4F-based low-power sensor hub. This allows the smartphone to detect gestures without waking up the main processor. It also supports Cat.12 3CA (carrier aggregation) LTE networks up to 600Mbps downlink and Cat.13 2CA 150Mbps uplink speeds, 802.11ac WiFi connectivity, Bluetooth 5.0, and FM radio.
Samsung is expected to start mass production of this SoC by middle of the year, and we should be seeing smartphones with the new SoC by the year-end holiday season. This is on the back of the news that Samsung is ready to market its Exynos chips to interested OEMs.