Samsung has now officially announced the long rumored Exynos 9 Series 8895 processor. It is the same processor that’s expected to find its place in the heart of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
The Premium Exynos 9 Series 8895 proccesor comes with a significant upgrade over last year’s Exynos 8890. It is built on a new 10nm FinFET process technology with improved 3D transistor structure. The use of this new manufacturing process will help reduce the power consumption of the Exynos 8895 by 40% when compared to the last year’s 14nm based chip. Apart from that, Samsung has embedded a gigabit LTE modem into their Exynos 9 Series 8895 chip. It even supports five carrier aggregation, thereby making the Exynos 8895 the first of its kind to feature the same. The gigabit LTE modem boasts of max 1 Gbps (Cat 16) downlink with 5CA and 150Mbps (Cat 13) uplink with 2CA.
The flagship processor from the Korean electronics firm feature eight cores arranged in two equal clusters. The implementation is same as the one found in the last year’s chip, but the cores have received a major upgrade. It now comes with a set of four custom designed cores and four Cortex A53 cores arranged separately. The graphics department has also received a major upgrade. The new chip packs a Mali G71 MP20 GPU which is said to deliver 1.8X better performance over last year’s Mali T880 MP12 chip.
Again, the Mali G71 GPU is backed by a MFC (multi-format codec) that helps support video recording and playback at a maximum resolution of 4K UHD at 120fps. That aside, the Exynos 9 Series 8895 SoC can pack camera modules with upto 28MP both in the front and the rear. Besides, it comes also comes with support for 28MP + 16MP dual rear camera setup. The rest of the specifications of the Exynos 8895 include support for 4K UHD (4096 x 2160) displays, eMMC 5.1/UFS 2.1/SD 3.0 storage and upto LPDDR4X RAM.
Speaking about its Premium Exynos 9 Series 8895 chip, Samsung stated in a blog post, “In addition to being built on the most advanced 10nm FinFET process technology, the new Exynos 9 Series 8895 incorporates Samsung’s cutting-edge technologies including a 2nd generation custom CPU, gigabit LTE modem, and more” said Ben Hur, Vice President of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “With industry leading technologies like VPU, the Exynos 8895 will drive the innovation of next-generation smartphones, VR headsets, and automotive infotainment system.”
Samsung has already commenced with mass production for its Exynos 8895 chips. It is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2017 alongside the Galaxy S8 flagships. For the uninitiated, Samsung also manufactures the Snapdragon 835 (also based on 10nm FinFET) for Qualcomm and hence has pressed for the first right to use the chip on the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8+.