Galaxy S10 tipped to be powered by Exynos 9820 and Mali G76 GPU
Samsung's next-generation Galaxy S10 is set to pack a powerful punch thanks to a new custom chip expected to be called the 'Exynos 9820'. The successor to the Exynos 9810, an octa-core chip fabricated on Samsung's 10nm process, the new Exynos 9820 is expected to be an octa-core design fabricated on Samsung's new 7nm FinFet node. It will also incorporate the latest ARM-designed Mali G76 GPU.
There are some interesting points to emerge from the Ice Universe scoop. The 9820 will break from the big.LITTLE architecture of mating 4 high-powered cores with 4 lower-powered cores. Instead it will switch to an octa-core arrangement of 2+2+4 where 2 high-powered cores are mated to 2 mid-powered cores and 4 lower-powered cores. Apple's next-generation A12 chip could also adopt a similar approach. The Exynos 9810 and the Apple A11 Bionic were the first processors to adopt Heterogenous Multi Processor (HMP) technology and their respective sequels will build on its latest implementation, allowing each bank of cores to operate independently or in unison depending on load.
As with the Exynos 9810, the two high-powered cores (expected to be dubbed 'M4') will be custom-designed by Samsung's own engineers. These will be joined by two standard Cortex-A75 (or A76) cores, and two standard Cortex-A55 cores. Samsung is aiming to smash through the 3GHz barrier with the M4 cores, which are expected to be clocked at 3.3GHz. Although it is also busy custom designing an in-house GPU (no doubt to match Apple for bragging rights), the Exynos 9820 will incorporate ARM's 18 core Mali G76 GPU. This too is expected to be fabricated using Samsung's 7nm Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV).
Expect to find the Exynos 9820 in the international variants of the Galaxy S10 when it ships in the new year. Galaxy S10 customers in the US can expect their devices to be loaded with Qualcomm's forthcoming Snapdragon 855, which is also expected to be manufactured on a 7nm node.