Exynos 1080: Samsung’s first 5-nanometer processor is here and promises a double power boost

After the Apple A14 and the Kirin 9000, Samsung presents the Exynos 1080, its first processor manufactured in 5 nanometers, the first chipset that will be available to be used in Android mobiles of different brands.

The Korean giant brings to market its transition to 5 nanometers, a processor manufactured under the process of extreme ultraviolet lithography (EUV) and has promised us an energy improvement of 20% and 10% extra performance, only by the transition to new smaller transistors. But this Exynos 1080 goes even further, promising a 50% improvement in single-core performance and up to double the performance of CPUs and GPUs in multi-core.

Exynos 1080 Datasheet

Exynos 1080
Construction5 nm
CPU1 x 2.8 GHz
ARM Cortex-A78 3 x 2.6 GHz ARM Cortex-A78
4 x 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A55
GPUMali G78 MP10
StorageLPDDR5 / LPDDR4x
UFS 3.2
DisplaysQHD + 90Hz
FHD + 144Hz
CamerasUp to 200 MP
6 cameras
Connectivity5G SA
WiFi 6
Bluetooth 5.2

Display Support for 144Hz, up to 200 megapixels, and 5G

5 nanometer

The Exynos 1080 is the first Samsung chipset to use the 5 nanometers, but it will not be their flagship. This is the successor to the Exynos 980 and focused on mid-range ranges such as the Galaxy A71 5G. The 5-nanometer chipset that is expected to arrive in the future Galaxy S21 or S30 would be the Exynos 2100.

This new processor comes with eight cores, one Cortex A78 at 2.8 GHz, three Cortex A78 at 2.6GHz, and four Cortex A55 cores at 2.0 GHz, in a 1+3+4 configuration. For the GPU, Samsung opts for a Mali G78-MP10.

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There will be support for FullHD screens with 144Hz refresh or WQHD+ panels with a 90Hz ratio, anticipating what we will foresee next year in the mid-range. The Exynos 1080 also supports LPDDR5 and UFS 3.1, and we can assume that these technologies, which are so far reserved for the high range, can be extended to lower ranges.

Samsung promises support for up to six sensors with up to 200 megapixels, 4K video at 60fps, and dual 32-megapixel cameras. Samsung already has 108-megapixel sensors for mobile photography and it is not ruled out, that in the future it may present a sensor with more megapixels, we should remember that it is usually used to apply Pixel Binning technology and combine the pixels.

Samsung details that this Exynos 1080 uses a new architecture, which “combines ISP and NPU for advanced image processing”.

Inside the Exynos 1080 is an integrated 5G modem, with support for mmWave and sub-6GHz bands. At the connectivity level, Samsung promises download speeds of up to 5.1 Gbps and support for both Bluetooth 5.2 and WiFi 6.

Vivo will be the first manufacturer to go for the Exynos 1080

As Samsung explained during the presentation of the processor in China, the first cell phone that will use this new chipset will not be one of their devices, but a future high-end manufacturer Vivo. Specifically, the first models will be the future Vivo X60 and Vivo X60 Pro.

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