Samsung’s Latest Exynos Processor Is More Powerful, but Doesn’t Come With Built-In 5G

Posted on October 24, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Hardware, Mobile with 6 Comments

Samsung Electronics is pretty quick at iterating with new processors, and although the company only recently launched a new Exynos processor back in August, it’s coming back with another new Exynos processor.

The company’s latest Exynos 990 is its newest premium mobile processor that’s meant for high-end devices, but it doesn’t come with built-in 5G. Instead, phone makers will have to combine the Exynos 990 with the new Exynos Modem 5123.

Both the chips are made using Samsung’s advanced 7nm process and use extreme ultra-violet to offer “unprecedented” performance. The new Exynos 990 features an embedded Arm Mali-G77 GPU, which enables an increase in graphics performance and performance efficiency by up to 20%. The CPU performance has also seen an overall increase of 20%, thanks to the two powerful custom cores, two high-performance Cortex-A76 cores, and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. The processor also includes a 120HZ refresh-rate display driver, which will allow phone makers to ship phones with display refresh rates of 120Hz.

Samsung says the new Exynos 990 will  be useful for on-device AI, with the built-in dual-core NPU and the improved digital signal processor that can perform more than ten-trillion operations per second,

As for the company’s new modem, which works best with the new Exynos 990, can “virtually support” all networks, according to Samsung. That includes 5G sub-6GHz, of course.

The company plans to mass-produce both the Exynos 990 and Exynos Modem 5123 by the end of this year.

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6 responses to “Samsung’s Latest Exynos Processor Is More Powerful, but Doesn’t Come With Built-In 5G”

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    wright_is

    Not including the 5G modem now makes sense. That is additional costs and in most markets the rollout of 5G is slow or non-existent. Why make a device more expensive, when the user sees no benefit?

    The Exynos has always been a fast chip, I remember they had to throttle its performance, so that international phones didn't run rings around the Snapdragon base Galaxy devices sold in the USA (I think it was 4K video in particular, the Exynos could record at double the rate of the Snapdragon).

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      SvenJ

      In reply to wright_is: Why make a device more expensive, when the user sees no benefit?
      1) To be able to put it on the spec sheet. (Consumers want it whether they need it or can use it or not)
      2) Because you can charge more than what it costs you to implement, i.e profit.
      The best part is since it is not widely available, it doesn't even have to be well implemented. Consumers will just believe it is not available where they are.


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    wocowboy

    This is just another indication that cellular device makers believe that 5G will not need to be a significant feature for years to come. And I wonder if it will ever be a real "thing" outside the biggest and most densely populated urban areas. The carriers need to continue to focus on their LTE service, it is there right now and perfectly capable of providing almost gigabit data service to customers. All the hype with 5G about self-driving cars, etc is just that, hype, it will never be a usable function along highways between those urban areas.

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    IanYates82

    Do these chips get used in any non-Samsung phones?

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    robinwilson16

    Any kind of reliable connection would be nice. At work I have to leave the office and stand outside in the rain if I want to actually hear the person on the other end of the phone (yes as I'm in the UK it does rain most of the time!)

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