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Samsung launches Exynos Series 9 8895 SoC

The Exynos 8895 might appear in the international version of the Galaxy S8. (Source: Samsung)
The Exynos 8895 might appear in the international version of the Galaxy S8. (Source: Samsung)
The Exynos 8895 is built on Samsung's 10 nm FinFET process and offers some notable improvements over last generations Exynos processors.

We’ve been hearing rumors that Samsung was working on its own processor to answer Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 835. Now, it’s official. Earlier today, Samsung announced the Exynos 9 series 8895, the Korean giant’s first mobile processor built on a 10 nm FinFET process.

The new SoC is built with efficiency in mind; the new process “allows up to 27% higher performance while consuming 40% less power when compared to 14nm technology.” The chip will also include a gigabit LTE modem (similar to upcoming processors from Qualcomm and Intel) and will allow for “fast and stable data throughput at max.1Gbps (Cat.16) downlink with 5CA and 150Mbps (Cat.13) uplink with 2CA.”

The 8895 is an octa-core processor that consists of four high-powered custom cores from Samsung and four low-powered Cortex A53 ARM processors. The CPU design “integrates a heterogeneous system architecture” that should help in applications like artificial intelligence and machine learning. The GPU, a Mali G71, also looks quite capable; Samsung said the graphics processor delivers performance that “minimizes latency for 4K UHD VR” experiences, among others.

The Exynos 8895 may also be a content creator’s dream. Thanks to its multi-format codec, the chip supports 4K video recording at 120 frames per second for incredibly smooth and detailed media. Security will be handled by a separate processing unit. This will handle “security solutions required for mobile payments that use iris or fingerprint recognition as well as an embedded Vision Processing Unit (VPU) that can recognize and analyze items or movements for improved video tracking, panoramic image processing, and machine vision technology.”

The Exynos 8895 is currently being mass produced and is expected to appear in the international version of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S8 flagship smartphone. The U.S. version of the S8 will run on a Snapdragon 835, which is built on a similar 10 nm FinFET process. Hopefully, we’ll get to see both processors debut at Mobile World Congress, which starts on Monday.


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Sam Medley, 2017-02-23 (Update: 2017-02-24)