Exynos 980 is Samsung’s first 5G integrated SoC

The chipset comes with multi-mode capabilities, meaning it will support 2G, 3G, 4G and 5G standards.

Built on 8-nanometer FinFET technology, the newly unveiled SoC pairs an octa-core CPU composed of two high-performance Cortex-A77 cores and six energy-efficient Cortex-A55 cores with a top-of-the-line Mali-G76 GPU to try to achieve the ideal balance between power and affordability.

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Samsung said in the announcement that the mass production of Exynos 980 is expected to start by the end of this year, indicating Samsung 5G smartphones and tablets based on this new chipset will hit the market in the first half of 2020, if not the first quarter. The Exynos 980 combines a 5G modem and mobile application processor into one chip. Since a separate modem will no longer be required, this will help reduce power consumption and increase space efficiency inside the device. Crucially, though, it will pave the way for 5G to trickle down to more affordable devices. The company says that with the launch of the new 5G-integrated chipset, it aims to make 5G more accessible to a wide range of users. That should allow future members of the Galaxy A family to come with bigger, longer-lasting batteries, but that obviously doesn't mean the Exynos 980 is a complete pushover in terms of raw speed.

Other specs include support for WQHD+ displays with resolution up to 3360 x 1440, 5G NR modem with 2.55 Gbps DL and 1.28 Gbps UL speeds, while the LTE is Cat.16 5CA with downlink up to 1 Gbps, the uplink is Cat.18 2CA with 200 Mbps. The new NPU will improve intelligent camera features, user authentication, content filtering and more. Huawei was first with its Kirin 980, already powering the Huawei Mate 20 series. Compared to this, the Exynos 9820 and Exynos 9825 on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10 respectively support encoding and decoding of 8K videos at 30fps.

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