The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 will soon take centre stage, but before that Samsung wanted to bring our attention to the engine of the powerful handset, their updated Exynos 9825 processor.
The processor is an update to the 8nm Exynos 9820 and is created using the company’s 7nm Extreme Ultraviolet (EUV) process, which allows for 20-30% more transistor performance and uses 30-50% less power.
The Exynos 9825 runs two of Samsung custom cores, coupled with two Cortex-A75 cores for optimal performance and four Cortex-A55 cores for maintaining energy efficiency. The GPU remains an ARM Mali-G76 with 12 clusters, same as the Exynos 9820.
Both the Mali-G76 GPU and Cortex-A75, however, run at faster clock speeds, with Samsung promising faster loading times and smoother gaming sessions.
The Exynos 9825 processor comes with an integrated NPU (Neural Processing Unit), just like the Exynos 9820, which can be used for improving AI-powered photography as well as benefit applications that take advantage of augmented reality. The NPU can be used for object and scene recognition, and with the Image Signal Processor (ISP) helps improve image processing.
Samsung also promises to use the NPU to improve phone performance by recognizing the smartphone owner’s usage patterns and enable much faster app pre-loading.
In terms of connectivity, the Exynos 9825 offers an integrated 4G LTE Advanced Pro modem, and along with 8x Carrier Aggregation, delivering up to Cat. 20 LTE download speeds, (up to 2Gbps, and up to 316Mbps upload speeds.) It can integrate with Samsung’s Exynos Modem 5100 modem for 5G connectivity.
It supports up to 8K video encoding at 30FPS, 4K encoding at 150FPS, and 10-bit HEVC (H.265) codec and can play back 4K HDR10+ media.
It can also drive 4K UHD resolutions displays measuring 4096 x 2160 pixels, along with WQUXGA resolutions, which measure 3840 x 2400 pixels. UFS 3.0 storage is also supported, as is the UFS 2.1 standard. It supports LPDDR4x RAM ( not the latest LPDDR5 DRAM).
In terms of cameras, it can drive a 22MP rear, a 22MP front unit, and a dual 16MP + 16MP optics unit is support by the silicon.
Lastly, for security, the Exynos 9825 features a physically unclonable function (PUF), which stores and manage your personal data.
The processor will be available in international versions of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus, with US versions using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus.