Samsung Exynos 7904 Chipset Built On 14nm Process Launched, Will Also Power Galaxy M10 And M20 Phones


Samsung has unveiled a new smartphone chipset, the Exynos 7904, which will most probably be used in the upcoming Galaxy M series of smartphones. The mid-range SoC’s unveiling comes a few weeks after the announcement of the Exynos 9820, which will be used in the Galaxy S10, Galaxy Note 10, and the upcoming foldable phone from Samsung.

The Exynos 7904 uses two high-performance CPU cores, six power-efficient CPU cores, ARM’s Mali-G71 MP2 GPU, an integrated ISP with support for dual and triple-camera setups, and an integrated 4G LTE radio. Let’s have a detailed look at the new mobile processor.

Samsung Exynos 7904: What’s Inside?

Samsung Exynos 7904 CPU

The Exynos 7409 SoC is manufactured using the 14nm FinFET process. The chipset uses a 64-bit octa-core CPU, consisting of four ARM Cortex-A73 CPU cores clocked at 1.8GHz and six ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.6GHz. It also features the ARM Mali-G71 MP2 GPU and it supports displays of up to Full HD+ resolution (2400×1080 pixels). It supports LPDDR4X RAM but whether it is single-channel, dual-channel or quad-channel hasn’t been specified by Samsung. The chipset also supports eMMC 5.1 storage chips but there’s sadly no support for UFS storage.

The chipset’s ISP supports up to 32MP single cameras at the front and rear or up to 16MP+16MP dual-camera setups. 4K 30fps and Full HD 120fps video encoding/decoding are supported by the ISP as well. In the connectivity department, the Exynos 7904 features a 4G LTE modem which supports up to 600Mbps download speeds (Cat. 12 3×CA) and up to 150Mbps upload speeds (Cat. 13 2×CA). Then there’s A-GPS, BeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS, Bluetooth 5.0, FM Radio, and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac.

After having a close look at the specifications of the Samsung Exynos 7904, we think that it’s a slightly modified variant of the Exynos 7885. The Exynos 7885 was released in Q1 2018. The Exynos 7904, as the name suggests, isn’t even an improved version of the Exynos 7885. The Exynos 7885 has better CPU clock speeds while the Exynos 7904 has a slightly better ISP (with support for higher resolution camera sensors). Also, the GPU inside the Exynos 7904 is really weak. In comparison, the Snapdragon 4xx and Snapdragon 6xx series of chipsets have twice or thrice as powerful GPUs compared to the one used in the Exynos 7904. In our opinion, there’s no way Samsung can win the mid-range segment with such low-powered chipsets.

Which Phones Could Use Exynos 7904?

Samsung Galaxy M10 Features

Samsung has announced that the Exynos 7904 is currently under mass production, so you should expect phones powered by the chipset in the coming months. It is being reported that the Exynos 7904 chipset will be used in Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy M series of smartphones. The series could consist of up to ten smartphones, starting from the Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20, and Galaxy M30.

After getting pounded by the likes of ASUS, Honor, Realme, and Xiaomi, the South Korean smartphone giant is planning to replace the Galaxy J and Galaxy On series of smartphones with Galaxy M series devices this year in the Indian market.