Samsung recently lifted the lid off of its latest mobile chipset, the Exynos 980 SoC. Based on an advanced 8nm FinFET process, the chipset is loaded with several state-of-the-art features, one of which is the integration of a 5G modem.
By integrating 5G capabilities into the Exynos 980 instead of pairing it with a separate 5G modem, the chipset allows Samsung to reduce overall power consumption and save space within a device. More importantly, the integration of a 5G modem also enables the device to support 5G networks, as well as provide download speeds of 2.55Gbps in the sub-6GHz bandwidth.
Moving on, the Exynos 980 also houses a neural processing unit (NPU) that Samsung says enables the chipset to be 2.7 times faster and more efficient than its predecessor, the Exynos 9825 SoC. Of course, having an NPU built-in to the chipset also enables the device to perform AI tasks directly, rather than having the information sent off to a server and then returned.
Regarding imaging, the Exynos 980 also has the capability of supporting camera modules with resolutions of up to 108MP. Last but not least, the chipset also supports multi-format codec (MFC), giving it the ability to encode and decode 4K resolution videos at 120 fps. Additionally, it also supports HDR10+ with dynamic mapping, enabling videos recorded with the chipset to retain more details and colours.
Samsung says that the Exynos 980 will be entering mass production by the end of the year. Considering the timeline and its flagship status, it’s almost a certainty that we’ll be seeing the chipset powering the brand’s top-tier Galaxy smartphones.