Samsung just officially launched its newest high-end SoC, the Exynos 8 Octa (8890). Featuring Samsung custom CPU cores and advanced LTE, the new Exynos will provide brainpower to the Galaxy S7 and other Samsung flagships from next year.

We will have a closer look at the new 8890 processor in a deep dive post, but here are the basics. Just like the Exynos 7420 before it, the 8890 is a processor built on a 14-nm process, meaning that the distance between the microscopic components of the chip is just 14 nanometers. The smaller the process, the lower the power consumption and heat generation. Qualcomm’s freshly announced Snapdragon 820 (also manufactured by Samsung) is also 14-nm.

Exynos 8890 is a 64-bit octa-core design, with four Cortex A53 chips and four of Samsung’s custom cores. This is the first chip from Samsung to feature in-house designed custom cores. Previously, Samsung used ARM’s ready-made Cortex designs. The four Cortex A53 cores are the power efficient cores, while the four Samsung cores provide the grunt needed for intense applications.

Watch: SoC showdown: Snapdragon 810 vs Exynos 7420 vs MediaTek Helio X10 vs Kirin 935

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Thanks to the usage of custom cores and other optimizations, Samsung claims the Exynos 8 Octa offers 30% more performance and 10% better efficiency compared to previous Samsung chips.

The graphics work is handled by the Mali-T880, ARM’s latest GPU design, which supports 4K and offers better performance with a 40% efficiency improvement compared to the GPU in Exynos 7420.

Another big feature of the Exynos 8890 is an integrated LTE Cat. 12/13 modem. Samsung has had integrated chips before, but they were mid-range, and Exynos 8890 is its first high-end chip with built-in LTE. That benefits performance, efficiency, cost, and product design. LTE Cat. 12 can, in theory, provide download speeds of up to 600Mbps, with the huge caveat that your carrier needs to actually support it.

Now read:

Snapdragon 820 vs Exynos: the 2016 mobile SoC battle begins

November 11, 2015

There have been persistent rumors that Samsung will use both Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 820 for the Galaxy S7, which is expected early next year. Samsung says that commercial production of the 8890 will begin by the end of the year; according to a Korean report, manufacturing is already underway.

Bogdan Petrovan
Bogdan is the European Managing Editor of Android Authority. He loves tech, travel, and fantasy. He wishes he had more time for two of those things. Bogdan's phone is a Nexus 6P.
  • Richard

    Samsung is using a 12 core Mali T880MP12 GPU.

  • rock1m1

    They should dump Mali.

    • 404

      Yes, and go to Nvidia!

      • Rochak S

        adren0 530

      • mrjayviper

        I’ve always wondered why it’s only Apple and intel using PowerVR designs. Apple SoC graphic prowess are always praised in reviews.

      • Jun Yang

        That won’t be happening as Nvidia sued Samsung….

        • 404

          oh dear

        • Winston

          I have come from the future to tell you Samsung is now rumored to be in talks with NVIDIA for the 2018 chip.

  • Arman

    So is it going to be better than 820 or worst!

    • Raul Serrano

      on benchmarks probably better, in real life. You will not notice a difference, and touch-wiz will still lag.

      • Laura Arroyo

        When I saw the draft which was of 7159 dollars, I accept that my friend’s brother was like really generating cash in his spare time with his computer. . His aunts neighbor has done this for only 10 months and by now repaid the loan on their home and bought a new Car .This is what they are donig …


      • Btort

        even their future soc 2 years from now, as long as touchshit is on their device….it will def lag

  • Rahul Ramesh L

    Nexus 6p and 5x giveaway https://wn.nr/L5AE2

  • WorldStarrrrr

    Interesting. So in theory the performance of each SoC will be the same. Considering Samsung has their own FABs this is a great cost cutting step. I think globally the S7 would just use the Exynos chipset as it makes the most sense money speaking..

  • Karly Johnston

    Now that QC is making custom cores again on the same fab process as the Exynos, i am pretty sure Sammy will lose this year.

    • mrjayviper

      depends really on market share. not many OEM uses Samsung chips but Samsung phones are the Android equivalent of iPhones. they sell a lot of them compared to other OEM/models. :)

  • s2weden2000

    That’s right!