has just pulled the wraps off its next-gen high-end chipset. The Exynos 8 Octa
8890 (quite a mouthful, we reckon it’ll go by Exynos 8890 once it hits the
streets) was unveiled in Seoul, and has a few firsts to show off.
on a 14nm FinFET process like the Exynos 7420 before it, the new chip marks
Samsung’s entry into custom-built cores. The big.LITTLE arrangement in the 8890
features a quad-core array of those in-house Mongoose 64-bit ARMv8 cores as the
performance cluster, while more mundane tasks will be handled by another four
a 30% performance increase, the new chip benefits from what’s dubbed Samsung
Coherent Interconnect (SCI) technology, for better interaction between the two
separate clusters. That won’t adversely affect battery life, on the contrary –
the chip is said to be 10% more power efficient. And before you jump to
conclusions, that doesn’t straight up mean 10% increase in battery life of a
phone as whole.
first for Samsung is the integrated modem, which supports Cat. 12/13 LTE with
carrier aggregation for download speeds up to 600Mbps.
like Huawei’s recently announced Kirin 950 chipset, the Exynos 8890 features a
Mali-T880 GPU, but as with all of ARM’s graphics processors, the secret is in
the number of cores (the x in MPx, which follows the GPU model number). Samsung
uses the Mali-T880MP12 with a total of a whopping twelve cores, as opposed to
new chip supports display resolutions up to 4K UHD (4,096 x 2,160px) or WQUXGA
(3,840x2,400px), and that may be a hint of what to expect in future flagships.
Or not, as the existing Exynos 7420 has support for such displays, but we
haven’t seen a device with one just yet.
far these are the sketchy outlines, provided by Samsung - details such as clock
frequencies remain to be revealed. The big question is when we’ll see the chip
in an actual device and a safe bet would be the Galaxy S7 some time in the
beginning of next year.