Samsung Exynos 9820 SoC and 5G RF chips already in the works
Even though Samsung uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs for a wide array of mobile devices, the Korean company also manufactures its own Exynos SoCs that usually power the high-end devices that are especially sold outside of the North American and Chinese markets. Currently, the most advanced Exynos chip is the 9810 model that powers the S9/S9+ global models, while the North American and Chinese models get a Snapdragon 845 SoC. The Exynos 9180 was announced back in January this year, but a recent LinkedIn profile of one of Samsung’s engineers revealed that the company has already started working on a successor for the flagship processor.
According to the LinkedIn profile, work on the Exynos 9820 began in January this year, and the Samsung engineer appears to have been working on a 5G RF chip based on the RISC-V architecture ever since May 2017, which could reinforce a 2019 release for the 5G smartphones. Unfortunately, the profile does not mention any specs for the Exynos 9820 SoC, but previous leaks revealed that this chip will be manufactured using the 7 nm EUV fabrication process. Moreover, the 5G RF chip mentioned in the profile is most likely to be integrated directly in the Exynos 9820 SoC that should be powering next year’s successors of the Galaxy S9/S9+.
As a side note, the profile also indicates the fact that the Exynos 9810 was under development for 11 months, meaning that the 9820 SoC could be released in early 2019.