The next generation of Exynos SoC processor is on the way. Samsung unveils the 980, the first 5G compatible model that is likely to be in one of the upcoming Galaxy A or S models.

The Exynos family switches to 5G with the 980 model. Samsung has just unveiled its new SoC (System on Chip) which is the first of its kind to integrate a 5G compatible modem natively. The Korean manufacturer claims to be able to start mass production by the end of the year, and the technical program for the celebrations is full.

The Exynos 980 contains a 5G modem compatible with 2G to 4G LTE networks. The announced communication speeds are mind-blowing (up to 1 Gbps in 4G and 2.55 Gbps in 5G). Samsung also announces that it is possible to reach 3.55 Gbps peak speed in 5G NR.

This chip is not limited to network capabilities.

Engraved in 8 nm FinFet, the Exynos 980 features a total of eight cores, two Cortex-A77 (2.7 GHz) and six Cortex-A55 (1.8 GHz). For the graphic part, no AMD, it is too early, so Samsung continues to call on Mali. It is a G76 model that is at the helm, fully capable of running AR/VR games and applications until 3360 by 1440 pixels, according to the Korean.

A part of the NPU (Neural Processing Unit) also takes up residence on the circuit, for everything related in any way to the use of AI by applications or by embedded photography software. This unit would be 2.7x more powerful than the NPU currently present in the Exynos processors powering the Galaxy S10 (and S10+) and Note10/10+.

The Exynos 980 can support a camera module with a resolution of up to 108 MPixels.

Another element of the circuit, the ISP (Image Signal Processor) supports up to five modules simultaneously and compiles the images of three of them to create increasingly detailed photos.

By combining the efforts of the NPU and the ISP, the camera module(s) and the artificial intelligence layer of the photo apps would be able to adapt the settings according to the scene, brightness, subject, etc. without any intervention from the photographer for example.

Still, on the imaging side, Samsung points out that the Exynos 980 supports HDR10+ and the encoding and decoding of 4K videos shot at 120 frames per second.

Samsung is about to give birth to a monster and competitors like Huawei’s upcoming Kirin 990. Apple’s A13 or Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon will have a lot to do to match the Exynos 980.