The chip is designed in Samsung's 8nm manufacturing process technology and the CPU has a six-two split little-big architecture divided between two 2.2GHz Cortex-A77 cores and six 1.8GHz Cortex-A55 cores.
There is a Mali G76 MP5 graphics processor unit so Samsung has stuck with ARM GPU for now (see ARM gets a rival as AMD licenses graphics IP to Samsung) and a dedicated neural processing unit. The integrated modem conforms to 5G New Radio and achieves 2.55Gbps sub-6GHz download and 1.28Gbps upload. The modem also supports LTE at 1Gbps download and 200Mbps upload.
The chip supports an extreme display size of 3360 by 1440 pixels and for video 4K UHD 120fps encoding and decoding with HEVC (H.265), H.264 and VP9 codecs.
Rather than being coupled with a separate 5G modem, the 5G-enabled Exynos 980 not only helps reduce power consumption but also increase the space efficiency within a device.
The neural processing unit (NPU) features elevated performances of up to 2.7 times compared to its predecessor and is built into the Exynos 980 to provide new levels of on-device intelligence.
The modem also supports the incoming Wi-Fi 6 standard, IEEE 802.11ax, that provides faster speed and greater stability for seamless online gaming and smooth high-resolution video streaming over Wi-Fi networks.
"With the introduction of our 5G modem last year, Samsung has been driving in the 5G revolution and paved the way towards the next step in mobility," said Ben Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics, in a statement. "With the 5G-integrated Exynos 980, Samsung is pushing to make 5G more accessible to a wider range of users and continues to lead innovation in the mobile 5G market."
The Exynos 980 is expected to begin mass production by the end of 2019.
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