Samsung's new Exynos 9820 chip supports 8K video recording and 2Gbps LTE

Donna Miller
November 14, 2018

"The AI capabilities in the Exynos 9 Series 9820 will provide a new dimension of performance in smart devices through an integrated NPU, high-performance fourth-generation custom CPU core, 2.0Gbps LTE modem and improved multimedia performance", said Ben Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. This succeeds the current Exynos 9810 chip that's powering the Galaxy S9 and Note9 series.

That's right, the 9820 still integrates a good old fashioned LTE modem (an LTE-Advanced Pro with LTE Category 20 support, to be exact), while the CPU architecture has been revised to include three clusters instead of two. The new fourth-generation custom core will offer around 20-percent improvement in single core performance or 40-percent in power efficiency. According to Samsung, you can expect better AI-enhanced photos to advanced AR as the new processor can perform AI-related tasks seven times faster than the current Exynos 9810.

The Exynos 9820 is manufactured based on a 8mm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFET process. The neural processing unit will allow for more powerful augmented reality and virtual reality experiences on the device.

The separate neural processing unit on the Exynos 9820 performs AI tasks almost seven times faster than its predecessor.

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For gaming, the new Samsung chip uses a Mali-G76 MP12 GPU. The Mali-G76 GPU promises 40% more performance, ideal for VR and AR, the LTE-A Pro modem supports 8x CA (Carrier Aggregation), 2 Gbps downlink speed, and 4×4 MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple Output). and MFC (Multi-Format Codec) supports 4K UHD 150 fps videos as well as 10-bit color. At 2.0Gbps downlink speed, an FHD high-definition movie (3.7GB) can be downloaded in about 15 seconds. Of course, provided if your network supports it. It also supports encoding and decoding of 4K UHD videos at 150 fps with 10-bit HEVC (H.265).

Not that the Exynos 9820's CPUs are slackers.

Like previous years, we'll likely see the Exynos 9820 make its debut in next year's Galaxy S10.

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