TL;DR
  • Samsung has announced the Exynos 1080 processor in China.
  • The new chipset seems like a major upgrade for upper mid-range phones.
  • Vivo has confirmed that it will offer the Exynos 1080 in 2021.

Samsung previously confirmed the Exynos 1080 chipset to us last month, revealing that it will offer the newest Cortex-A78 CPU cores and latest Mali-G78 GPU technology. Now, the firm has made things official by launching the processor in China.

The new processor is built on a 5nm process and features an octacore CPU, with one Cortex-A78 core clocked at 2.8Ghz, three Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.6Hz, and four Cortex-A55 cores at 2Ghz. Samsung claims that single-core performance has been boosted by 50% while multi-core performance gains a 2x boost.

Meanwhile, you can expect a decent level of graphical grunt thanks to the Mali-G78 MP10 GPU. This should theoretically deliver performance close to if not matching the Exynos 990 flagship processor, which uses a Mali-G77 MP11 GPU.

Samsung also introduced a so-called Amigo power saving solution that monitors and optimizes power consumption for apps and games. In fact, the brand is claiming a 10% increase in power efficiency with this solution.

The Korean company hasn’t neglected the camera capabilities either, as the Exynos 1080 supports 200MP cameras (or 32MP/32MP dual), up to six shooters, 4K/60fps recording, “AI image processing,” and the ability to edit HDR10+ videos.

5G is also accounted for over here, thanks to an integrated modem supporting sub-6Ghz and mmWave speeds. Expect theoretical speeds of up to 5.1Gbps and 3.67Gbps out of these respective 5G standards, Samsung notes.

Other notable features include an NPU (featuring 5.7 TOPS of performance), 144Hz refresh rate support at FHD+ (or 90Hz refresh rate at WQHD+), Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 6, LPDDR5 RAM support, and UFS 3.1 compatibility.

Samsung also confirmed that Vivo will be using the Exynos 1080 in 2021 for a “flagship experience,” according to machine translation. Presumably this will be for the Vivo X60 series, with the Vivo X30 series using the Exynos 980 back in December 2019. Check out the image above.

There’s no word on availability just yet, but we’re guessing that the chipset will be available broadly by Q1 2021. Between new (and more) heavyweight CPU cores and impressive camera credentials, this could well make for a big upgrade over Exynos 980 devices like the Galaxy A51 5G.

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