Update, February 20: There is some circumstantial evidence that the next flagship Exynos processor will be called Exynos 9810. Sam Mobile uncovered the information in the LinkedIn profile of an engineer that interned for Samsung in its Bangalore R&D center. Separately, MyDrivers quoted a Korean source claiming that the Exynos 9810 will offer similar performance and power consumption with Snapdragon 835, but Qualcomm’s chip would retain its lead in terms of cellular connectivity.

Original post, February 17: The Samsung Exynos Twitter account just tweeted a teaser that seems to indicate the company is on the verge of releasing the Exynos 9 series of chipsets. Considering the timing of teaser, the new Exynos SoCs are likely set for inclusion in the upcoming Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

As always, Samsung’s flagship will be powered by both Qualcomm chips and its homegrown Exynos chips, depending on market. Until now, the general assumption was that it would be the Exynos 8895 inside the S8 family, but the image accompanying the tweet includes the telling line, “discover cloud 9 with Exynos”.

While this doesn’t absolutely guarantee an Exynos 9 in the Galaxy S8, it certainly seems likely. We’re hoping to get a glimpse of the S8 during MWC at the end of the month, where Samsung is expected to show a one-minute trailer and announce the device’s official release date. We’ll be sure to ask more questions about the Exynos 9 at that time too if it isn’t officially unveiled at the show.

The new Exynos chipset currently in production is being fabricated on the 10nm node, allowing for higher performance with lower power consumption. While Samsung hasn’t detailed specifics on its own 10 nm SoCs yet, it has previously stated that its 10nm process offers “up to 30 percent increase in area efficiency with 27 percent higher performance or 30 percent lower energy consumption”. Samsung is also manufacturing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset.

Kris Carlon
Kris Carlon is a Senior Editor at Android Authority. He is a half-British Australian who lives in Berlin, travels a lot and is always connected to a laptop, phone, smartwatch or tablet (and occasionally a book).
  • CypherGate

    this should be interesting

  • Keith Borger

    I assume that the US is getting the Snapdragon 835 while the global market will get Exynos 8895 or the new 9 series. I’m interested see what Qualcomm is bringing to the table. Is there a way to get the Exynos Chipset in the US?

    • POINTLESS GUY

      Heard of shipping?

      • Keith Borger

        I guess my comment was pointless

      • chris

        if it was only that simple ……………. networks…. hardware needed to be on those networks… why do you think samsung does what they do in the first place…

  • Tabs2IsBoss #SamsungKnights

    I will always want Exynos over Qualcomm every day of the week. But since it’s Samsung’s 10nm FINFIT processes inside the Snapdragon 835 I’ll except it for my S8+

    • squiddy20

      It’s “finfet”, you moron. Aren’t you supposed to be the Samsung fanboy that knows all?

  • HappyBallz

    If only they can finally start using decent NAND instead of these cheap eMMC disaster chips. These new phones area lottery to last longer than 1-2 years before eMMC chip or controller-caused boot-looping routine. My Galaxy Note 4 just got that issue… pretty disappointing (if you go look in various forums for other phones using eMMC…same exact problems). Still got my original Galaxy S (Captivate OneNAND) that works to this day.

    Engineered obsolescence should be punishable by death.