Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870 SoC Brings 14nm FinFET And Integrated LTE To Mid-Range Smartphones

We all love flagship devices, but when it comes to getting the most bang for your buck, mid-range products are often the most compelling. That probably won't change anytime soon, not with Samsung unveiling its Exynos 7 Oca 7870, a potent System-on-Chip (SoC) designed for mid-range smartphones.

The most impressive thing about the latest addition to the Exynos 7 line is that it's built on a 14-nanometer FinFET process technology. No small thing, Samsung is claiming a whopping 30 percent reduction in power consumption compared to mobile chips built with a 28nm High-k Metal Gate process technology, such as Samsung's own Exynos 7850. For consumers, the upside there is better battery life.

Samsung Exynos 7870

Though the reduction in power consumption is impressively significant, it doesn't come at the expense of performance—the Exynos 7870 features eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.6GHz, same as the Exynos 7850. Samsung didn't mention the GPU, which we surmise is an ARM Mali T830, but did say the chip supports 1080p video playback at 60 frames per second and a WUXGA (1920x1200) display resolution.

"With increased performance and power efficiency, we anticipate widespread adoption of our new Exynos 7 Octa 7870 into mid-tier mobile devices," said Ben K. Hur, Vice President of System LSI marketing, Samsung Electronics. "Consumers will experience enhanced performance as this is the first time a mobile application processor built on advanced 14nm process is available for these types of smart mobile devices."

The other highlight here is that Samsung's latest mid-range chip has an integrated UE Category 6 LTE modem boasting 300Mbps downloads and FDD-TDD joint carrier aggregation. And rounding out the feature-set is an image signal processor that delivers up to 16MP shots for both rear and front cameras, or 8MP each in dual camera mode.

Samsung said it will begin mass producing its Exynos 7870 sometime this quarter.