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New Exynos 980 5G integrated processor will bring 5G to the masses

Samsung today unveiled its first 5G integrated processor, the Exynos 980. This is the company’s first mobile processor that has an integrated 5G modem. That’s different from existing solutions which require a separate 5G modem to be coupled with the processor.

There are some obvious advantages to opting for a mobile processor that has an integrated 5G modem. Crucially, though, it will pave the way for 5G to trickle down to more affordable devices. The Galaxy A90 5G is currently the only non-flagship device with 5G. It also has a separate 5G modem and costs over $700.

Exynos 980 is coming to democratize 5G

The Exynos 980 is based on Samsung’s 8-nanometer FinFET process technology. It has an octacore processor with two 2.2GHz Cortex-A77 cores and six 1.80GHz Cortex-A55 cores. There’s a Mali-G76 MP5 GPU and support for UFS 2.1 storage. There’s WQHD+ (3360×1440) display support and the chip can drive either a single camera system of up to 108MP or a 20MP + 20MP dual camera system.

Samsung is also hyping up the onboard neural processing unit which handles AI tasks. It claims a performance gain of up to 2.7 times compared to the predecessor. The new NPU will improve intelligent camera features, user authentication, content filtering and more.

What’s most interesting about the Exynos 980 is its integrated 5G modem. Since a separate modem will no longer be required, this will help reduce power consumption and increase space efficiency inside the device. This modem can handle 5G to 2G networks with gigabit downlink speeds in 4G LTE and up to 2.55 Gbps in sub-6-GHz 5G. There’s also support for E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) which can combine 2CC LTE and 5G to achieve maximum mobile downlink speeds of up to 3.55 Gbps. The Exynos 980 also gets support for the new Wi-Fi 6 standard which allows for improved speeds and greater stability.

Samsung says that it will begin mass production of the Exynos 980 by the end of this year. So it’s quite likely that we will see handsets with this processor ship early next year. Could any of 2020 Galaxy A series models feature this chipset? That may very well be the case.

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locarno
locarno

did you saw headphone jack at the video beginning?

Bobbingalong
Bobbingalong

Good step into the right direction! This will allow for smaller 5g phones hopefully but given the current trend huge uncomfortable phones will remain the target. Hopefully the s11 or s12 normal will come with 5g as standard but in more “compact” form. Fingers crossed it can reduce from the s10 size but retain the 6.1 inch display by reducing the top and bottom chins. Though 5g won’t be mainstream for a few years until they can get the coverage sorted out and my concerns are around the safety aspects of having so many more transmitter installed due to the… Read more »

locarno
locarno

so we can get caner from 5g?

Gunter2
Gunter2

It’s good they’re doing this. Within 5 years most of us will forget what 4g was as 5g takes hold. However I don’t think that it’s time to buy a 5g phone yet, unless you’re in Korea. Even the US and European rollout is going to be extremely slow and the technology will have a lot of practical problems. Even a lamppost between you and the 5g transmitter cuts the 5g signal and just imagine all the static and movable physical barriers in a city and you’ll see why it might not be practical for quite some time. People, even… Read more »

Anonymous
Anonymous

Staying 4g, and see no need in my daily uses. 5G only increases new device prices and data plans. Why focus now on tomorrow and become lost. Many devices just released are plenty fast and efficient. Really! Maybe 1200 base prices to start with. Christ, the addiction must be killed or it shall train wreck us and wallets. Until there’s a global standard, the money train will eventually derail all with OCD. Time to wake up. This baiting exynos users is like phishing and need to be baited into broken promises. Next it will be the snapdragon to slay all… Read more »

Gunter2
Gunter2

You have a point but of course nobody forces you to buy anything. 5g will only be popular if it’s coverage is good enough and it’s financially viable for the masses. As far as technology is concerned, if we didn’t focus on tomorrow, we’d still be carrying around a mobile phone in one hand and a car battery in the other to power it. Tomorrow is where we’re all going.

punitverma2010
punitverma2010

The specs looks like that it is made for mid range phones.

Gunter2
Gunter2

That’s right. You’re spot on. 5g can’t be only for flagship buyers if it’s to be successful. At some point it will have to be standard even on the cheapest phones.