Samsung unveiled the octa-core Exynos 9810 processor last year some weeks before MWC 2018 and the Galaxy S9 unveiling. The 9810 has Samsung’s own 10-nanometer FinFET process for its creation. The Exynos 9810 relies on Samsung’s four custom Exynos M3 cores and ARM’s four Cortex-A55 cores. The Exynos 9810 GPU is the Mali-G72MP18 with eighteen cores. Now, talk of the next-generation Exynos 9820 are surfacing.
Exynos 9820 to feature ARM Mali-G76 GPU for graphics
The Exynos 9820, according to leakster Ice Universe, will arrive with Mali’s latest G76 GPU. Like its predecessor the G72, the G76 will have eighteen cores. The Mali-G76MP18 GPU was unveiled in May 2018. It’s likely that Samsung will stick with its four custom ARM-based cores while using other ARM cores.
Tech site SamMobile says that the Exynos 9820 uses Samsung’s 7-nanometer FinFET process. The 7-nanometer process provides better battery life and performance than the 10-nanometer process. Ice Universe leaked last month that the 9820 will run on Samsung’s Exynos M4 cores versus the M3 cores of the SoC’s predecessor. Little else is known about the upcoming processor, but if tradition tells us anything, the Exynos 9820 will see the light of day in the upcoming Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 in 2019. Samsung has already started production of the 2019 processor. The Galaxy S10 processor could give the Galaxy S10 a Geekbench benchmarking score of over 13,000 points.
Galaxy Note 9 to feature current Exynos 9810
The talk of the tech town for now is Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 9, which will feature the current 9810 processor. The Galaxy Note 9 will have a 6.2 or 6.3-inch, Infinity Super AMOLED panel, Quad HD+ resolution with an 18:9 aspect ratio, the octa-core Exynos 9180, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (entry-level) with a 256GB-capable microSD card slot for expandable storage, and a 4,000mAh battery. Samsung will not improve its USB Type-C charging rate, but will improve its fast wireless charging capabilities.
A third Galaxy S10 option could have lower-end processor
The Galaxy S10 will arrive on the world scene in 2019. Some models, minus North America and China, will contain the octa-core Exynos 9820. North America and China S10 models will feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor. Codenamed “Beyond,” the Galaxy S10 could launch earlier than expected — January rather than March. The Galaxy S10 Plus could have a 6.44-inch Infinity Super AMOLED display.
Three variants could arrive for the S10: an entry-level model alongside a regular S10 and the premium S10+ (Plus). The entry-level and regular Galaxy S10 are expected to have 5.8-inch displays while the S10 Plus could see a 6.44-inch display. The entry-level Galaxy S10 will likely have a more affordable processor (such as the Snapdragon 710, for example) for budget-conscious buyers.
Entry-level Galaxy S10 to offer a flat, rather than curved, display
Samsung’s work in the recent Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S9 have given the Korean Android OEM its own design trademark. And yet, as with everything, some users do not appreciate the edge for various reasons. Curved displays are not appealing to everyone. Samsung is making the most of the entry-level model in the S10. If a third, budget-conscious option does land, sources out of Korea say that the entry-level S10 will have a flat display instead of a curved one. Again, the entry-level label cuts out some of the sophistication and elegance of premium offerings.
The flat display option is something Samsung may do to appeal to buyers who refuse to buy another “edge” model from the company. The flat display alone may be enough to sell the entry-level S10, with buyers unconcerned about whether they have the best processor or resolution.
Rear camera setup to distinguish Galaxy S10 models
Apart from the processor and display differences, the rear camera setup could also distinguish all three Galaxy S10 models. The entry-level S10 will have one rear camera, while the regular S10 will retain the dual camera setup of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+. The Galaxy S10+, however, could pack a triple rear-camera setup (three cameras on the back). Samsung has already started this trend with its differentiation between the single rear camera on the Galaxy S9 and the dual-camera, mechanical aperture setup on the Galaxy S9+.