Samsung today introduced its new flagship mobile processor.
The Exynos 9 Series 9820 is a new chipset that boasts an enhanced neural processing unit, or NPU. With it, Samsung touts that the Exynos 9820 can perform AI tasks approximately seven times faster than its predecessor. This is because the NPU enables AI-related processing to be done on the device rather than sending the task to a server, which also helps to improve the security of your personal info.
Some of the features that the NPU will offer include instantly adjusting camera settings for a photo based on your surroundings or recognizing objects to give you info in an AR or VR environment.
The fourth gen custom core in the Exynos 9820 offers a 20 percent improvement in single core performance or a 40 percent improvement in power efficiency compared to its predecessor. Also improved is multi-core efficiency, which is around 15 percent better. And thanks to the new Mali-G76 GPU cores, the Exynos 9820 offers a 40 percent performance increase or 35 percent power savings, letting you game for longer without having to reach for a charger.
Other notable features of Samsung's new Exynos 9820 include the LTE-Advanced Pro modem that supports up to 2Gbps downlink with 8x Carrier Aggregation and 316Mbps uplink, as well as other network features like 4x4 MIMO, 256 QAM, and enhanced License Assisted Access. The multi-format codec in the Exynos 9820 enables encoding and decoding of 4K UHD video at 150fps.
The Exynos 9820 is expected to be in mass product by the end of 2018.
We'll have to wait until next year before we know for sure, but it's possible that this Exynos 9820 will be powering at least some versions of the Samsung Galaxy S10. Samsung touts this new chipset as its new "premium application processor", and the Galaxy S9 shipped with an Exynos 9810 chipset in some parts of the globe. In the U.S., we'll likely see a Snapdragon 800-series processor in the Galaxy S10, but folks in some other parts of the globe could have this Exynos 9820 inside their S10.