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Exynos 9820: 4 Keys about the Future Processor of Samsung Galaxy S10

Although it was leaked some time ago, it was today when Samsung announced the Exynos 9820, processor of the future Samsung Galaxy S10 and, possibly, Note 10. The chip comes with a series of interesting news, especially in the field of performance, connectivity and multimedia content.

Given that this processor will be what we will see in the next Korean flagship, it is worth reviewing some of its keys to somehow see what we can expect from it.


Nothing of 5G in sight

Although all the specialists and manufacturers say that next year will be the year of 5G, the new Exynos 9820 will not be the one to take it by a flag. Samsung has ready an Exynos 5G modem that is compatible with this network, so it would have been expected to be implemented in the processor, but it has not been.

Exynos 9820 5g modem
Exynos 9820 5g modem

What we find is an LTE Advanced Pro modem that has support for 4G / LTE category 20, which means it is capable of download and upload speeds of 2 Gbps and 316 Mbps, respectively. On paper, the LTE Advanced Pro modem achieves the same maximum speed as the 5G in the bands below 6 GHz, although it remains behind the peak speed that the 5G can achieve in environments mmWave, which rises to 6 Gbps.

Exynos 9820 layout
Exynos 9820 layout

What we do have is support for MIMO 4X4 and 256 QAM of the last generation, which would guarantee a good signal in almost any situation. It is thanks to this support that the Exynos 9820 can achieve such high speeds, although obviously, it will depend on the conditions in which the user is.


Power in torrents with 8 cores and greater efficiency

Although we already have processors with seven-nanometer technology, such as the Apple A12 or the Kirin 980, the Exynos 9820 is built on eight LPF FinFET Nanos. In mundane terms, and sticking to the words of Samsung, that means an energy saving of 10% with respect to the process of 10 nanometers LPP. Also, they claim, the power consumption of the CPU and GPU is optimized through the reduction of operating voltage and power leakage.

Exynos 9820 4k
Exynos 9820 4k

And speaking of CPU and GPU, talk about the processor cores. On this occasion, the Exynos 9820 has eight cores in a 2 + 2 + 4 layout. The first two are self-manufactured and, although many details have not been revealed, they seem to be focused on heavier tasks. The next two are Cortex A75 for optimal processing tasks and the four final Cortex A55 for less heavy tasks and rest.

This combination results, according to Samsung, in a 20% improvement in single core performance and 15% in the case of multicore processes. The GPU, which will be a Mali-G76 MP12, will have twice as many rendering channels as its predecessor, ie 12, and improves graphics processing with respect to the Exynos 9810 by 40%. All this accompanied by 40% more energy efficiency.


Samsung gets on the NPU car

As did Huawei some time, the Exynos 9820 mounts a Neuronal Processing Unit or NPU. This will help the processor execute the heaviest tasks seven times faster than the Exynos 9810. Its exact functioning is a mystery, but we have enough clues to know what to expect.


According to Samsung, this NPU will help the processor “to execute Artificial Intelligence tasks such as improving the photos and augmented reality functions “, which comes to tell us, among other things, that the camera of the Galaxy S10 and Note 10 will be enhanced with IA as we have seen in countless devices. Possibly Bixby also makes use of it, but we do not know.


The recording comes in 8K (and everything that implies)

We reach the end of this small analysis and talk about the multimedia section. The Exynos 9820 has infrared support and up to five lenses whose limits are:

  • The rear of 22 megapixels.
  • Front of 22 megapixels.
  • The double camera of 16 + 16 megapixels.

That could mean that the Samsung Galaxy S10 could have a triple camera of 16 + 16 + 22 megapixels in the rear and either a double front lens of 16 + 16 megapixels or a single lens of 22 megapixels.

With this camera, you can not only take photos but also record video. In that sense, the Exynos 9820 has support to record in 8K at 30 frames per second and 4K at 150 frames. The content will be encoded with the H.265 10-bit, H.264 or VP9 codec. In order to save all the clips, the Samsung processor will be compatible with the UFS 3.0 and UFS 2.1 technology.

Obviously, videos in 8K should be able to be viewed on an appropriate screen, so the Exynos 9820 offers support for 4K resolutions (4,096 x 2,160 pixels) and WQUXGA (3,840 x 2,400 pixels).

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