Samsung Exynos 1480 4nm SoC with Xclipse 530 GPU based on AMD RDNA 2 architecture announced officially

Samsung has officially introduced the Exynos 1480 4nm 5G SoCs, afterthe launch of the Galaxy A55 smartphone, which powers the phone. The Exynos 1480 is the successor to last year’s Exynos 1380.

CPU Performance and power efficiency

Even though it uses Cortex-A78 and Cortex-A55 CPUs, the clock speed have been increased, and it gets a new Xclipse 530 GPU, which is based on the latest mobile AMD RDNA architecture which we had only seen in the Exynos flagships.

The Exynos 1480 with 4nm process tech has an overall 22% improvement in efficiency over the predecessor, allowing you to reduce power usage and benefit from longer battery life, says the company. I have been using the Galaxy A55 with the chip, and can clearly see the improvements in the battery life compared to the Galaxy A54.

The Cortex-A78 high-performance cores are now clocked at 2.75 GHz, up from 2.4GHz in the predecessor, and the Cortex-A55 power efficiency cores are retained at 2GHz clock speeds. The Exynos 1480 offers 13% app launch improvements and the multicore performance has been improved 18%, says the company.

The Exynos 1480 also has 4x improvement in AI performance over its predecessor, said Samsung.

GPU performance

The Xclipse 530 GPU based on the latest mobile AMD RDNA 2 architecture promises 53% performance improvements compared to the Mali-G68 MP5 GPU in the Exynos 1380.

The SoC supports Full HD+ display up to 144Hz refresh rate, up to 200MP camera and up to 4K 30fps video recording, same as the Exynos 1380. However, the Modem has seen improvements and this also gets Wi-Fi 6E support.

Processor Exynos 1480 Exynos 1380
Process 4nm (EUV) 5nm LPE (EUV)
CPU 2x Cortex-A78 @ 2.75GHz
6x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0GHz
4x Cortex-A78 @ 2.4GHz
4x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0GHz
Memory LPDDR4x, LPDDR5, UFS v3.1 LPDDR4x, LPDDR5, UFS v2.2/UFS v3.1
Camera Up to 200MP in single camera mode, Single-camera 64MP @30fps, Dual-camera 32+32MP@30fps, p to 4K 30fps Up to 200MP in single camera mode, Single-camera 64MP @30fps, Triple-camera 16+16+16MP @30fps         Up to 4K 30fps
Display FHD+ @ 144Hz
Graphics Samsung Xclipse 530 GPU Mali-G68 MP5
Modem 5G NR Sub-6GHz 5.10 Gbps (DL) / 1.28 Gbps (UL)
5G NR mmWave 4.84 Gbps (DL) / 0.92 Gbps (UL)
LTE Cat.18 6CC 1.2Gbps (DL) / Cat.18 2CC 211Mbps (UL)
5G NR Sub-6GHz 3.79Gbps (DL) / 1.28 Gbps (UL) 5G NR mmWave 3.67Gbps (DL) / 0.92 Gbps (UL) LTE Cat.18 1.2Gbps (DL) / Cat.18 211Mbps (UL)
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3 Wi-Fi 802.11ax (2×2 MIMO) with Triple-band, Bluetooth 5.3, FM Radio Rx
GNSS GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo

The Samsung Exynos 1480 chip already powers the Galaxy A55 smartphone, and we can expect more Samsung phones and possibly some tablets with the chip.

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