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It’s no surprise that these days, Samsung has been making a lot of fantastic smartphone hardware for other brands and manufacturers to use it in their products. We’ve seen their camera sensors and especially their AMOLED displays being used by many smartphones around the world – and the new Exynos 980 marks the first-ever chipset with 5G integrated, and comes with some amazing improvements too.

The new Exynos 980 is fabricated using the 8nm process with FinFET technology (obviously, learn more here) and the world’s first to have 5G modem integrated into the chipset. This saves space on the motherboard itself, and also reduces overall power consumption. This modem supports 5G and all the way back to 2G networks, making it versatile.

Samsung Exynos 980

It can also achieve up to 2.55Gb/s speeds in sub-6GHz 5G band. It also supports E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC), which combines 2CC LTE and 5G connectivity to maximize mobile downlink speed of up to 3.55Gbps.

In addition to 5G, the Exynos 980 also brings WiFi 6 support (802.11ax) support. So far, only the Samsung Galaxy S10 series and the Note10 series support WiFi 6 – and for Samsung to bring WiFi 6 to the mainstream is a great move. To learn more about the benefits of WiFi 6, check out our test here.

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The Exynos 980 packs a total of 8 cores – 2 of them are high-performance Cortex-A77 cores and six more power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. As for the GPU, it comes with a Mali-G76.

With the increase of pixel count in mobile photography, the new Exynos 980 is designed to support up to 108MP pictures too. This ISP leaps and trounces over its rivals that can’t even support 40MP currently. It can also support up to 5 individual camera sensors and able to process 3 of them concurrently.

Samsung Exynos 980

As for videos, the new Exynos 980 is able to support multi-format codec (MFC) and can handle 4K videos at 120fps. Now that’s impressive, considering that we only can 4K 60fps videography on smartphones these days. The Exynos 980 also brings support for HDR10+ video recording, just like the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note10 series of smartphones.

The Exynos 980 is expected to begin mass production by the end of this year.

And yes, Vivo has already announced that they’ll be using the Exynos 980 chipset. That makes Samsung a competitor to both MediaTek and Qualcomm.


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