Just yesterday Samsung’s Exynos division teased that it had something “exciting” in store for us. While we hoped this meant we’d see the official unveiling of the Note 4’s rumored Exynos 5433 CPU, it turns out that the company has instead outed a new quad-core SoC with integrated LTE.
Dubbed ModAP, the SoC is the first from the company to offer on-die LTE integration, and is built on a 28nm HKMG process. The ModAP offers Cat-4 LTE and a built-in image signal provider capable of supporting an 8MP sensor with 1080p video recording at 30fps.
While it’s obvious based on the specs that the ModAP is might more for budget and mid-range devices than flagships like the upcoming Note 4, on-die LTE integration is still a noteworthy accomplishment for Samsung and could help put it on a more even playing field with Qualcomm in the future.
What do you think of Samsung’s direction with the Exynos line? With continued improvements like on-die LTE integration, will Qualcomm eventually some real competition, or will Exynos continue to play second fiddle into the foreseeable future?