Samsung has already outed some 5G smartphones – the Galaxy A90 5G, Galaxy S10 5G, Galaxy Note10 5G, and Galaxy Note10+ 5G – with the Exynos 9820 and Snapdragon 855 chipsets, coupled with the Exynos 5100 and Snapdragon X50 modems.
Today, the Korean tech giant has taken further step by introducing its first 5G-integrated mobile chipset and it is called Exynos 980.
However, looking at specs of the chipset, the excitement behind the announcement gets suppressed a bit.
The Exynos 980 Specs and Features
The CPU of the new chipset is a main duo of Cortex-A77 units at 2.2 GHz and another cluster of six Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8 GHz. For comparison, the Exynos 9820 goes as high as 2.73 GHz. The GPU is Mali-G76 MP5, and the whole platform is built on the 8nm FiNFET process.
Other specs include support for WQHD+ displays with resolution up to 3360 x 1440, 5G NR modem with 2.55 Gbps DL and 1.28 Gbps UL speeds, while the LTE is Cat.16 5CA with downlink up to 1 Gbps, the uplink is Cat.18 2CA with 200 Mbps. Exynos 980 supports UFS 2.1 and eMMC 5.1 storage and just LPDDR4x RAM.
The camera support is up to 108 MP (single camera) and 20 MP + 20 MP (dual camera). Video remains at flagship levels with 4K UHD support at 120 fps, but this is strictly theoretical – it is up to the manufacturers to enable it for their software.
The Exynos 980 is expected to begin mass production by the end of this year, which means smartphones with the new chipset should arrive as early as Q1 2020.