Samsung has announced Exynos 980, the company’s first processor with built-in 5G modem. It is based on 8-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology, compared to 7nm EUV (extreme ultra violet) lithography processing technology in the Exynos 9825 processor that powers the Galaxy Note 10 series. It has two high performing ARM Cortex-A77 cores and six efficient Cortex-A55 cores and ARM Mali-G76 MP5 GPU. The modem also supports E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC), which combines 2CC LTE and 5G connectivity, to maximize mobile downlink speed up to 3.55Gbps. In addition, it is a multi-mode modem that utilizes major networks from 2G to 4G LTE for reliable mobility anywhere.
The Exynos 980 supports up to five individual sensors and is able to process three sensors concurrently for fuller multi-camera experiences. It also supports ultra-high resolution up to 108Mp. Notably, the Exynos 980 with NPU detects scene or objects enabling the ISP to make optimal adjustments to white balance, exposure, hue, saturation, sharpness and more for professional results.
Highlights of Samsung Exynos 980 SoC
- Based on the 8-nanometer (nm) LPP FinFET process technology
- Octa-Core CPU with 2 x 2.2GHz ARM Cortex-A77 CPUs for optimal performance and 6x 1.8GHz ARM A55 CPUs optimized for efficiency
- ARM Mali-G76 MP5GPU
- Integrated NPU
- UFS 2.1, eMMC 5.1, LPDDR4x Memory
- Rear Single-camera up to 108MP, Dual-camera 20MP+20MP, Front 22MP, Dual Camera 16+16MP
- 4K UHD 120fps encoding and decoding with HEVC(H.265), H.264, VP9, HDR10+ support with dynamic mapping
- Display Up to WQHD+ (3360×1440)
- 5G NR Sub-6GHz 2.55Gbps (DL) / 1.28Gbps (UL), LTE Cat.16 5CA 1Gbps (DL) / Cat.18 2CA 200Mbps (UL)
- Supports Wi-Fi 6 standard, IEEE 802.11ax for faster speed and greater stability for seamless online gaming and smooth high-resolution video streaming over Wi-Fi networks.
The Exynos 980 is expected to be in mass production by the end of this year, so we can expect it to seen in several Samsung 5G smartphones, probably with 108MP camera early next year.