Ahead of announcing any new smartphones or tablets, Samsung has taken the wraps off of the Series 9 Exynos 8895 CPU, which is their fastest, most powerful processor to date. It’s the first in many categories, and it’s shaping up to be a monster in whatever phones it will end up inside.
The Exynos 8895 is Samsung’s first CPU using the 10nm process, marking a pretty big jump in performance and efficiency over older chips. Specifically, we’re talking about a roughly 27% increase in performance with a 40% decrease in energy consumption. That’s a noticeable boost on both metrics.
Samsung is using an octa-core design with four custom CPU cores for performance and four efficient Cortex-A53 cores. That’s a pretty standard practice with high-end processors to jump back and forth between demanding tasks and basic tasks to conserve battery.
We’ll also see a Mali-G71 GPU here which has been optimized for 4K and virtual reality, both of which are huge selling points on Samsung’s latest and greatest. The chip supports recording video in 4K resolution at 120 frames per second, which also plays into the virtual reality experience that Samsung has been pushing.
Not only is the raw performance improved with the 8895, but Samsung is also using an embedded gigabit LTE modem that’s capable of 1Gbps downstream using 5 carrier aggregation.
The chip also has a dedicated processing unit to handle security tasks, like mobile payments, iris and fingerprint scanning, and 3D object recognition, all of which probably confirms some upcoming Galaxy S8 features.
Samsung currently has the Exynos 8895 in mass production and you can expect to see it in smartphones, VR headsets, and “automotive infotainment systems.” Yep, 2017 should be fun.