10 September 2019
Samsung has officially announced Exynos 980 as its first mobile processor that comes with 5G integration. It is part of the company's main vision of pushing for 5G technologies and making it accessible for as many people as possible. It also launched Exynos 9825 chipset last month but with native support limited to 4G LTE connectivity.
The Exynos 980 is a single chip that offers artificial intelligence (AI) mobile processor as well as integrated 5G modem. It is a hexa-core processor that has been manufactured using the 8nm FinFET process technology. There are two high-performance Cortex-A77 cores and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. It also has Mali-G76 GPU for handling all the graphics intensive processes and applications like games and virtual reality experiences.
Since it is an AI processor, there is a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) available with Exynos 980. It is said to be 2.7 times better performance than the predecessor which it will be able to do tasks faster. The presence of NPU also means that it can handle all the processing locally on the device instead of sending data to cloud servers.
In terms of 5G connectivity, the Exynos 980 is capable of offering up to 2.55Gbps data transfer rates for sub-6GHz spectrum. It supports network support from 5G to 2G and if you are on 4G LTE, it can offer speeds up to 1Gbps. With the help of E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC), it can offer peak data transfer rates up to 3.55Gpbs.
Other Exynos 980 features include 4K videos support at 120fps along with HDR10+ and MFC encoding/decoding. It is capable of supporting up to 108-megapixel resolution and a total of five camera sensors. It can also process data from up to three camera sensors at the same time. It is expected to go under mass production by the end of this year which means we should see it in commercial devices from next year.