Samsung already indirectly confirmed the Exynos 9 Series 9810 processor when it released details of awards received for CES 2018. Other than being on the list though, no details were known. Today, only a few days before CES 2018 opens, Samsung officially took the wraps off the Exynos 9810 which it says is currently in production.
The Exynos 9810 is Samsung’s third-generation of their top of the line processor and the company has continued to figure out ways to improve it and squeeze more performance out of the chip. Ben Hur, vice president of marketing for System LSI at Samsung Electronics says,
“The Exynoys 9 Series 9810 is our most innovative mobile processor yet, with our third-generation custom CPU, ultra-fast gigabit LTE modem and, deep learning-enhanced image processing. The Exynos 9810 will be a key catalyst for innovation in smart platforms such as smartphones, personal computing and automotive for the coming AI era.”
The hardware included in the Exynos 9810 includes an octa-core processor that utilizes four cores capable of running at up to 2.9 GHz and the other four cores optimized for efficiency. All of this is built using Samsung’s 10nm manufacturing technology. Samsung says the new cores improves multi-core performance by up to 40 percent compared to the predecessor chip.
Samsung has infused parts of the processor with increased neural-network learning technology including a separate security processing unit. This will benefit users through improvements to areas like facial, iris and fingerprint recognition as well as being more capable at recognizing images or people in images.
Another area that got some significant attention from Samsung was the LTE modem on board the Exynos 9810. Samsung has bumped this up to the industry’s first 1.2Gbps LTE modem. In another industry first, the chip is also a Cat.18 modem that can support 6x carrier aggregation. Samsung appears to be positioning the chip to be able to support new wireless standards and speeds in development, especially to be able to handle increased loads from higher definition video streams.
Samsung has not yet confirmed whether the Exynos 9810 will power the Galaxy S9 devices to be launched this spring, but if the chip is already in production that is a good sign that it is likely in the pipeline to be included in the new device joining the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 depending on market.