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Samsung Exynos 9820 8nm CPU with integrated NPU announced

14 November 2018 2

As reported earlier, Samsung has finally announced its all-new Exynos 9820 SoC. This next generation mobile chipset was announced in China earlier today with a tagline “Extraordinary wisdom, born from the inside.” Though Samsung has been working on a Mobile application processor, however, had not been very vocal around it. With the announcement of this Exynos 9820 joins the AI bandwagon which has been the buzzword since some time in the market.

This processor is a successor to the Exynos 9810 processor which powers the current generation flagship Galaxy S9 and Note 9 series. It is based on 8nm Low Power Plus (LPP) FinFet process and is 10% more power efficient than the 10nm LPP process, claims Samsung. Its closest competitors the Kirin 980 and Apple’s A12 Bionic chipsets are manufactured using a 7nm process.


This is a fourth generation octa-core processor which uses a tri-cluster architecture and comprises of two custom large cores for processing power, two cortex A 75 large cores, and four Cortex A55 small cores. Samsung claims that in comparison to the previous generation, the multi-core performance has improved by 15% while the single core performance sees an improvement of around 20% with an overall 40% better performance than the Exynos 9810 SoC.


This is Samsung’s first processor that comes with a built-in NPU or Neural Processing Unit which offers seven times better AI based processing power when compared to its predecessor. It comes with a Mali-G76 GPU for a better AR and VR experience, LTE-A Pro modem supports 8x CA (Carrier Aggregation), 2 Gbps downlink speed, and 4×4 MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple Output).

The CPU supports up to five sensors including infrared sensors for enabling facial recognition. It supports a single sensor up to 22megapixel at both rear and front and a maximum of a 16-megapixel sensor for a dual camera setup. For video recording, the chipset supports 8K 30fps and 4K 120fps and also supports 10bit HEVC/H.264/VP9 codec.


This Exynos 9820 will be mass produced from next year and is clearly targeted for Samsung’s premium smartphones set to launch next year. Though it would be interesting to see if this processor will power the Galaxy Foldable device and the upcoming Galaxy S10.

(last update 22 April 2019 @ 23:58)

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