Timing is everything, and with that in mind, it is certainly no coincidence that Samsung has unveiled its new Exynos 9825 chipset just ahead of the launch of its upcoming Galaxy Note 10 device. The upgraded system-on-chip (SoC) will undoubtedly find its way into Samsung's latest flagship handset, bringing with it a performance bump.
The Exynos 9825 is Samsung's first slice of silicon to be manufactured using its 7-nanometer extreme ultraviolet (EUV) low power plus (LPP) lithography. Without taking a deep dive into semiconductor design and production, utilizing EUV wavelengths allows for printing smaller circuits. Samsung announced in October of last year that it had begun mass producing EVU-based 7nm LPP chips, and now we have more details to share.
This new part is basically an updated and refined version of the Exynos 9820. As with that SoC, the Eyxnos 9825 packs an octa-core CPU built around a tri-cluster architecture with a pair of 4th generation custom processors. Specifically, it sports the following...
- 2 x Samsung M4 Cheetah cores @ 2.73GHz
- 2 x ARM Cortex-A75 cores @ 2.4GHz
- 2 x ARM Cortex-A55 cores @ 1.95GHz
That is the same configuration as it predecessor, except the clockspeed on the pair of Cortex A75 cores has been bumped up from 2.31GHz.
"Thanks to the enhanced clock speed of the two Cortex-A75 cores and the 7nm EUV technology, the Exynos 9825 is both lightning fast and power efficient so you get optimized performance without sacrificing battery life," Samsung says.
The Exynos 9825 also sports a Mali-G76 GPU just like its predecessor. Samsung says it is clocked higher this time around, but did not specify a frequency. For reference, the Mali-G76 GPU in the Exynos 9820 runs at 702MHz.
Samsung is also touting AI capabilities, by way of an integrated neural processing unit (NPU). This is not a new feature to the Exynos family, but with so much focus on AI technology these days, it's easy to see why Samsung wants to highlight it.
"With fast, efficient AI processing, the NPU brings new possibilities for on-device AI from object recognition for optimized photos, to a suite of performance enhancing intelligence features such as usage pattern recognition and faster app pre-loading," Samsung says.
Fun stuff. The Galaxy Note 10 will be announced later during Samsung's Unpacked event. A livestream is scheduled for 1:00pm PT (4:00pm ET).