Smartphone brands Huawei and Samsung have been designing impressive smartphone processing chipsets of late, giving a tough fight to the likes of Qualcomm and MediaTek. Samsung’s new Exynos 8895 chipset, which is used in the Galaxy S8 and S8+, was found to be more powerful than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset in a lot of areas. Samsung also makes mid-tier and entry-level chips, to be used in more affordable smartphones. The Exynos 7870 and the Exynos 7880 chipsets are used in the Galaxy A3 (2017), Galaxy A5 (2017), and the Galaxy A7 (2017). Now, the company appears to be readying a new mid-tier smartphone SoC (System on Chip) that has improved processing and network performance.
According to the information posted on Chinese social media website Weibo, Samsung is working on a new chipset that will be named Exynos 7872. It is said to feature a hexa-core SoC with two power-efficient ARM Cortex-A53 cores and two high-performance ARM Cortex-A73 cores. The chipset will reportedly be made using Samsung’s 14nm LPP (Low Power Plus) fabrication technology, which will reduce the die size and improve power efficiency and thermal performance. The Exynos 7872 is also said to be equipped with the ARM Mali-T830MP2 GPU. Moreover, the chipset is also set to be the first one to include a full-integrated modem. This will not only improve network performance but also reduce power consumption.
Compared to the previous Exynos chipsets built using a 28nm process, the new Exynos 7872 chip is said to offer 70% improved CPU performance and 30% better energy efficiency. This new chipset could be used in Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy C and Galaxy A lineup of smartphones. These smartphones could be released in October 2017. The South Korean smartphone giant didn’t have a mid-tier chipset with good performance in its Exynos lineup till now, and the Exynos 7872 appears to be good enough to fill that gap. Samsung could replace Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 65x processors with its Exynos chipset in higher mid-range smartphones shortly. The company is also said to be working on its GPUs and is reportedly in talks with both AMD and Nvidia for patents.
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