Mid-range Exynos gets the latest tech

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A Samsung Exynos processor.

  • Samsung has confirmed that the Exynos 1080 chip is coming soon.
  • The new chipset has the latest Cortex-A78 CPU and Mali-G78 GPU.

The Samsung Exynos 980 marked a major upgrade for the company’s mid-range silicon, delivering 5G for the first time in the segment while also offering a good level of CPU and GPU power.

The company recently revealed via Weibo that it’s working on the Exynos 1080, ostensibly coming as a successor of sorts to the Exynos 980. Now, Samsung Semiconductor has confirmed the new chipset to Android Authority.

Samsung also confirmed that the Exynos 1080 would be equipped with the latest Cortex-A78 CPU cores and Mali-G78 GPU. If the CPU arrangement is anything like the Exynos 980, we can expect two powerful Cortex-A78 cores and six Cortex-A55 cores for basic tasks.

It’s also believed that the new chipset could be built on a 5nm manufacturing process (down from 8nm), joining Apple’s A14 chip used in its iPhone 12 series. The next-generation of Android flagship SoCs are widely expected to use this process too, delivering a smaller design and greater efficiency.

The company told us that a full announcement is on the way, but it definitely looks like Samsung’s mid-range 5G phones could be set for another major upgrade in 2021. We previously saw the Exynos 980 in phones like the Galaxy A51 5G and A71 5G, so it stands to reason that the Exynos 1080 would appear in follow-up devices or similarly priced phones.

We’ll update the article as soon as Samsung announces the new processor. What would you like to see from Samsung’s future Exynos chipsets?


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