It’s inevitable that a new and improved processor will come with the Samsung Galaxy S9, but only Samsung knows the specifics. Well, that was until they won a CES 2018 Innovation Award for it and now it’s out in the open. The Exynos 9 Series 9810 will likely power the upcoming Galaxy S9 series, although US models will probably have Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 instead. The Exynos 9810 will replace Samsung’s original 9 series chip, the 8895 that currently powers the Galaxy S8 series and Note 8.
Samsung didn’t launch the Exynos 9810, but instead just slipped it into a broader announcement of CES 2018 awards. Because of that, details are unfortunately light. We do know that it will have Category 18 LTE modem, which was unveiled earlier this year. 6 band LTE carrier aggregation technology will allow for more stable download speeds up to 1.2 Gbps as Samsung prepares for a 5G world. The processor will also come with an upgraded GPU, which is likely to be the Mali G72 as Samsung has a deal with ARM for graphics. The chip will be built on 2nd generation 10nm process technology, although it was expected to be 8nm prior to the reveal. Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 845 will be 7nm.
Samsung had claimed that a processor fitting the Exynos 9810’s description would reach mass production by the end of 2017, so it looks like this 10nm chip will be the engine under the Galaxy S9’s hood. It’s possible that an 8nm version could land sometime later in 2018, possibly to power the Note 9.