Nearly a month after the announcement of Exynos 9825, Samsung launches the Exynos 980. It’s the first mobile chipset that comes with built-in 5G modem. While the Snapdragon 855 Series and Kirin 980 support 5G, their modems are separated from the chip itself. Although the design doesn’t affect speeds, power efficiency and space allocation within the device suffer.
Samsung Exynos 980 Now Official
With the Exynos 980 (based on 8nm process), radio connectivity can switch seamlessly between 2G and 5G. In sub-6-GHz standard, the download speed can reach up to 2.55Gbps. The modem also supports E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC), which combines 2CC LTE and 5G connectivity to maximize mobile downlink speed of up to 3.55Gbps. You can also expect complete support for Wi-Fi 6 standard (802.11ax).
Performance-wise, the CPU is comprised of two high-performing Cortex-A77 cores and four efficient Cortex-A55 cores. Joining the CPU is Mali-G76 GPU. Samsung is also touting its elevated NPU performance of up to 2.7x compared to the predecessor (in which we think is the Exynos 9820 and not the 9825). Last but not least is the support for encoding and decoding of 4K UHD at 120fps. Additionally, the company’s new ISP can support up to five individual camera sensors, with resolution support going up to 108MP.
Samsung says that Exynos 980 will start mass production by the end of 2019. There’s a good chance that this will be the chipset of the Galaxy S11 Series next year.