Samsung unveils Exynos 1080, its first 5nm mobile device processor

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Samsung unveils Exynos 1080, its first 5nm mobile device processor.
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November 12—Samsung just unveiled its Exynos 1080 mobile device processor, its first chipset made via its 5nm manufacturing node. The cutting-edge 5G-enabled component will reportedly debut in an unnamed Vivo smartphone set for release next year.

With the launch of the Exynos 1080, Samsung is now only one of two vendors that offer 5nm products. Taiwanese Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) became the first mass-producer of 5nm chipsets earlier this year.

Despite not breaking new ground, the 1080 could set a new high watermark for the Exynos franchise.

Exynos 1080 Features and Technical Specifications

To start, the Exynos 1080 is compatible with millimeter-wave and sub-6GHz fifth-generation mobile networks. That means it can provide users with ultrafast 5G download speeds regardless of their regional wireless carrier’s technological preference. The central processing unit (CPU) also supports Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1 protocols, so it offers complete state-of-the-art connectivity.

Samsung states its latest chipset features an integrated neural processing unit and digital signal processor. The conglomerate notes it made the CPU capable of running 5.17 trillion operations per second to supporting cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) features. The corporation specifically mentioned that those embedded features enable remarkably fast object recognition.

Samsung declined to supply any estimates, but it also noted the component’s efficiency should give phone buyers robust battery life.

Along similar lines, the Exynos 1080 supports a maximum of six camera sensors, resolution up to 200MP, and HDR10+ video capture. Avid TikTok users could film 4K, 60 frames per second clips with handsets powered by this chipset.

The CPU boasts tri-cluster Arm Cortex-based architecture for performance optimization. Its single 2.8GHz A78 core is its computational engine, while its triple-core 2.6GHz A78 will keep it balanced, and it quad-core 2.0 GHz A55 will maximize its efficiency. With those technical specifications, it should run multiple resource-intensive applications at once with no problems.

The processor comes equipped with a Mali-G78 GPU to please dedicated mobile gamers. It also supports 90Hz and 144Hz screen refresh rates. That means players using phones with this chipset will not be able to blame display capability for their weak performance in “Call of Duty: Mobile.”

Finally, the Exynos 1080 supports GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo, meaning it can run navigation programs worldwide.

A Revamped Exynos Chipset?

Samsung’s presentation made it clear the Exynos 1080 is intended to be its new flagship smartphone CPU.

That framing is significant because the South Korean conglomerate’s handset processors have not had the most favorable reception. In the past, Samsung has installed its Exynos hardware in its handsets sold in Asia and Europe while utilizing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets for its American smartphones. Some users criticized this practice because they view the firm’s self-made products as inferior to its outsourced parts.

Samsung looks to have indirectly answered those complaints with the Exynos 1080.

The component blows away its predecessor, the Exynos 990, on technical specifications. Its 5nm transistor density makes it more energy-efficient and powerful than 7nm products. The chipset’s design should allow it to function at peak levels without overheating or crashing. Plus, Its AI-bolstered camera features are top-of-the-line. In other words, it is a first-rate smartphone CPU of the current generation on paper.

Until an Exynos 1080 equipped handset can be tested alongside its rivals, its status cannot be assessed. But everything about Samsung’s presentation indicates it is meant to provide an exceptional end-user experience. Within a few years, the notion of the Exynos brand being “less than” could be anachronistic.

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