Samsung's high-end SoC for 2017 gets detailed.
Samsung announced last year that it was partnering with Qualcomm to build the Snapdragon 835 on its new 10nm FinFET manufacturing process. The company is now introducing its own chipset based on the new node, the Exynos 8895. The SoC falls under the Exynos 9 Series, and the node shift along with an improved 3D transistor structure means that the Exynos 8895 delivers 27% more performance or 40% less energy consumption when compared to 14nm chipsets.
The Exynos 8895 offers an octa-core CPU with four Samsung's second-gen custom cores taking care of the performance, with four energy-efficient Cortex A53 cores handling low-power tasks. The SoC has an ARM Mali-G71 GPU that offers "next level 3D graphic performance" while minimizing VR latency. The chipset also features a Gigabit LTE modem with 5CA (five carrier aggregation), delivering download speeds of 1Gbps and uploads of 150Mbps.
Samsung is also touting improved video capabilities with the Exynos 8895, which include 4K video recording and playback at 120fps as well as a video processing technology that upscales images for immersive VR experiences in 4K. Other highlights include a dedicated processing unit for iris and fingerprint recognition, and a Vision Processing Unit that recognizes objects for better video tracking and improved panoramas.
The chipset supports 28MP front and rear cameras, as well as 28MP+16MP dual-camera setups. The Exynos 8895 is currently in mass production, and is likely to make its way into the global variants of the Galaxy S8.