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Samsung has officially announced its first 5G enabled SoC called Exynos 980. The new SoC combines both mobile processor and 5G modem into one chip.
The SoC is based on Samsung’s 8nm FinFET architecture and comes with an integrated NPU. The CPU on the SoC is a 2.2GHz Dual-core ARM Cortex-A77 and 1.8GHz Hexa-core ARM Cortex-A55. For graphics processing, Samsung has added a Mali-G76 MP5 GPU. The main highlight of the SoC is the support for 5G. Samsung has added a 5G NR Sub-6GHz modem that supports download speeds up to 2.55 Gbps and 1.28 Gbps upload speed. For LTE Samsung has added a Cat.16 5CA modem that supports download speeds up to 1 Gbps and Cat.18 2CA that supports 200 Mbps upload speed. The SoC also supports UFS 2.1, eMMC 5.1 for storage and has support for LPDDR4x RAM.
In terms of camera, Exynos 980 will support a Single-camera up to 108 MP and 20MP+20MP Dual-camera setup. The Exynos 980 SoC can also handle 4K UHD 120fps encoding and decoding with HEVC(H.265), H.264, VP9. Samsung is expected to start the mass production later this year.