Samsung Announces Exynos 1080 SoC For ‘Premium’ Android Smartphones, Compete Against Qualcomm Snapdragon 875?

Samsung has officially unveiled the Exynos 1080 chipset. The SoC will succeed the Exynos 980 but Samsung has attempted to embed several more features to ensure its SoC is able to compete well against the Qualcomm Snapdragon flagship chipset of 2021. Incidentally, Samsung indicates the Exynos 1080 is a “premium” and not a flagship SoC, but the company has positioned the same well above any mid-range chipset.

Samsung’s Exynos 1080 is built using Samsung’s 5nm EUV process. The new premium mid-range smartphone processor from the company has several modern technologies, and it will debut inside a Vivo smartphone that is expected to launch early next year.

Samsung Exynos 1080 SoC Specifications, Features:

The Samsung Exynos 1080 SoC is the first chipset from Samsung to utilize a 1+3+4 CPU configuration. Of these cores, the performance cores are based on the Cortex-A78 architecture. Of the four performance cores, one is clocked at 2.8GHz while the three others are running at 2.6GHz. There are four Cortex-A55 CPU cores that run at 2GHz. Samsung claims the single-core performance would see a 50 percent jump over previous-generation processors, while multi-core performance will likely see a 2x jump.

The Exynos 1080 SoC features the Mali-G78 MP10 GPU, which could deliver performance that’s similar to the Exynos 990 which is embedded inside the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The GPU also supports Full HD+ displays with a 144Hz refresh rate or QHD+ displays with a 90Hz refresh rate. Samsung has deployed a power-saving solution called ‘Amigo’. The algorithm monitors the performance loads and increases power efficiency by up to 10 percent.

The Samsung Exynos 1080 SoC’s ISP supports up to 200MP cameras (or 32MP+32MP at the same time) and up to 4K 60fps and HDR10+ video recording. The SoC also has an integrated NPU inside which can reach up to 5.7 TOPS of performance. The chipset also supports LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage chips. Samsung has integrated a 5G modem inside the Exynos 1080 and it supports both sub-6GHz (3.67Gbps) and mmWave (5.1Gbps) networks. Some of the other notable features of the new processor include GPS, Bluetooth 5.2, dual-band Wi-Fi 6, and support for a USB Type-C port.

Samsung has moved the production of the new Exynos 1080 SoC from an 8LPP DUV process to the new 5LPE EUV process. This is Samsung LSI’s and Samsung Foundry’s first announced 5nm chip. There would be several comparisons against competitor SoCs on TSMC’s 5nm node.

It is important to note that Samsung Exynos 1080 SoC appears to lack hardware-level AV1 decode support. This is critical because the majority of big streaming platforms rely on the AV1 codec for optimizing bandwidth and quality. Although not a big deal, the inclusion of AV1 decode support would have ensured smartphones with Exynos 1080 SoC would be highly preferred where 5G data is commonly available and used for streaming.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.

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