Samsung has officially announced some amazing details regarding the SoC we’re expecting to see in the upcoming Galaxy S10 lineup of flagships. The expected Exynos 9820 details that Samsung has just released today may excite everyone’s taste buds as we head towards 2019.
According to the details provided by Samsung, the Exynos 9820 would feature an improved NPU along with a 2Gbps LTE support. Samsung says that their new NPU would be up to seven times faster than the NPU on the Exynos 9820 and would be able to complete certain AI tasks without the need to connect to Samsung’s servers. Certainly, Bixby’s getting an upgrade!
In addition to that, Samsung says that the new NPU would be about 20% faster in single-core tests, 15% in multi-core tests, while in-turn, would bring immense power efficiency improvements compared to the Exynos 9810, 40% to be specific. While on the GPU side, Samsung claims that the new GPU found on the Exynos 9820 would be about 40% faster and 35% power-efficient compared to the SoC found in the Galaxy S9 and the Note 9. Apart from that, Samsung also claims that with improved performance of the new SoC, video encoding and decoding would be faster as the SoC is now capable of encoding and decoding 4K videos at up to 150FPS along with support for 10-bit colour rendering.
What’s missing here is how well the Exynos 9820 would be able to record 4K videos. We already know that the Exynos 9810 that was responsible for powering the S9 and Note 9 was clearly capable of recording 4K at 120 FPS.
The next thing Samsung was vague about was regarding the core count. While octa-cores have become the norm, what’s worth mentioning is that previous leaks have suggested that the Exynos 9820 would feature a ton of emphasis on the power-efficiency, probably after users were reporting horrible battery timings on the Exynos variants of the S9 and S9 Plus at the time. Leaks have previously suggested that the Exynos 9820 would be tied together with the help of DynamIQ in addition to a 2+2+4 core count, with the larger of the three M4 Cheetah clusters excelling at power-efficient tasks. If Samsung has actually managed to achieve 40% better power efficiency with the 9820 over the 9810, we’ll bet our socks that the four efficient cores are the reason why.
Mass production for the Exynos 9820 is expected to go into full throttle last this year and would most probably be the SoC that would be responsible for powering the Samsung Galaxy S10 and the Note 10 later that year.
There’s certainly a ton of stuff that remains to be uncovered as the launch of the Galaxy S10 nears. However, for now, that’s all the details we have regarding the Exynos 9820 for now.