While the world was tuned to the release of Android 10 and its latest features, Samsung has subtly announced a new mobile chipset that could pave the way for 5G connectivity on budget smartphones.
Today, Samsung announced Exynos 980 which is the company’s first SoC that integrates a 5G modem. Until now, Samsung devices used a separate modem (Exynos Modem 5100) for the inclusion of 5G connectivity.
“With the 5G-integrated Exynos 980, Samsung is pushing to make 5G more accessible to a wider range of users and continues to lead innovation in the mobile 5G market.”
Highlights of Samsung Exynos 980
Apart from the 5G connectivity, the new mobile chip brings in a ton of advancements.
The Exynos 980 is based on 8nm FinFET process and is Samsung’s first AI mobile processor with an integrated 5G modem
Furthermore, the SoC supports al the way back to 2G networks and provides gigabit download speeds over 4G LTE. Samsung claims to provide 5G network speeds up to 2.55 gigabits per seconds (Gbps). The chip can also provide speeds up to 3.55Gbps by combining 2CC LTE and 5G connectivity.
Apart from that, Exynos 980 will provide faster WiFi speeds with the support of the new Wi-Fi 6 standard, IEEE 802.11ax.
Samsung has great news for power users as well. The Exynos 980 packs two Cortex-A77 cores that can be clocked up to 2.2 GHz along with six Cortex-A55 cores. Although Exynos 9820 which is also the 8nm process.
For photography, the chip supports resolution of up to 108MP. And for videography, 4K UHD support at 120 fps.
With Exynos 980, Samsung plans to increase power efficiency and reduce the space taken now with SoC and 5G modem combined. Mass production of Exynos 980 will start by the end of the year.
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