15 June 2020
Samsung has expanded its in-house 5G-capable chipset portfolio even further by launching a new Exynos 880 chipset. The new chipset has specifically been made for mid-range phones, compared to the existing Exynos 980 chipset that serves its services for the high-end phones. This means the new Exynos 880 with its integrated 5G connectivity will serve the masses and we may see it coming on the Galaxy A-series.
The Exynos 880 chipset trims away some of the features of the Exynos 980 to make itself a bit more affordable for the OEMs. It is, however, fabricated using the same 8nm FinFET process using which the Exynos 980 processor was built as well. In fact, it integrates the same NPU for machine learning and even has the same CPU layout that includes 2 Cortex-A77 cores and 6 Cortex-A55 cores. What makes the new Exynos 880 SoC different from the Exynos 980 is the clock speed of the Cortex-A77 cores. It has a slightly lower clock speed than the one present in the Exynos 980. And, this should bring an advantage to the Exynos 880 over some old chips as well.
The new Exynos 880 also features the same ARM Mali-G76 MP5 GPU and promises faster gaming performance. Samsung touts the new chipset supports advanced gaming APIs and technologies to reduce loading times and offer high frame rates.
But, the all-new Exynos 880 chipset does support the same features that the Exynos 980 supports. The Exynos 880 supports 2,520x1,080 display resolution, while the Exynos 980 tops out at 3,370x1,440 screen. The Exynos 880 chipset also only supports Wi-Fi 5 capabilities. Furthermore, the Exynos 880 offers a maximum of 64MP single camera support (and 20MP+20MP dual), compared to the 108MP support with the Exynos 980 processor.
The Exynos 880 processor supports video recording at 4K/30fps, compared to 4K/120fps on the Exynos 980 chipset. The integrated 5G modem that supports up to 2.55Gbps download speeds and up to 1.28Gbps upload speeds over 5G NR sub-6GHz networks. Other connectivity features include dual-band Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, FM radio, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and USB Type-C port.
Samsung is expected to use the new processor for its Galaxy A-series phones. The first phone utilizing the new chipset has been launched already, though. Vivo has launched the $280 Y70s 5G phone in China and you can expect to see more mid-range phones launching soon as well.