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Cortex-A72 powered Samsung Exynos 7650 and 7880 spotted

Details about two new Samsung smartphone chips, the Exynos 7650 and 7880, have been spotted, packing ARM Cortex-A72 CPU and Mali-T860 GPU technology.

Published onOctober 19, 2015


Samsung is preparing a couple of new chips for its Exynos line-up of mobile SoCs, if reports from China are to be believed. The new processors, named the Exynos 7650 and 7800, will apparently be built from high-end ARM parts, including the latest Cortex-A72 CPU core and Mali-T860 GPU.

Judging from the expected use of a 28nm manufacturing process, the Exynos 7650 and 7800 aren’t going to be top tier chips but could form the basis of Samsung’s next midrange line-up. Samsung has already used its more expensive 14nm FinFET process in this year’s Exynos 7420 for its flagship Galaxy S6 and Note 5 smartphones..

Exynos 7650 and 7880 rumored specs

The Exynos 7650 appears to be the lower end of the two chips. It will feature a big.LITTLE paring of a Cortex-A72, ARM’s more power efficient high performance successor to the Cortex-A57, and its efficient Cortex-A53 for less demanding tasks. There’s also 993MHz LPDDR3 RAM with 14.9GB/s bandwidth and a three core Mali-T860 GPU, which ARM states is its best performing GPU for the lowest energy consumption.

The Exynos 7880 looks to be a slightly more high performance design, featuring a slight clock speed increase on the Cortex-A72, up to 1.8GHz from 1.7GHz, and faster 1066MHz LPDDR3 memory with a bandwidth of 17GB/s. Furthermore, the same ARM Mali-T860 GPU received an additional core for more graphics grunt.

A closer look at the ARM Cortex-A72

We don’t know how many CPU cores will be included in either the two new SoCs, but we are quite likely looking at quad or hexa-core configurations due to the use of a 28nm process. Perhaps the 7880 will pack in additional cores to further separate itself from the 7650.

Most likely, these two reported chips are heading to mid-range Samsung Galaxy phones in 2016.

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