Evidence for early Galaxy S9 release piles up, as Samsung announces mass new Exynos production

Samsung has started the mass production of its Exynos processors, made with a second-generation 10nm process. The chipset that will undergo this blessed treatment is none other than the recently-announced 9810, which was revealed on the hush-hush by the manufacturer. This one, along with Snapdragon 845 that will also be produced on the 10nm LPP (low-power plus) node, are expected to be crunching numbers in the new Galaxy S9 and S9+ flagships by Samsung.

According to Lee Sang Hyun, Samsung's foundry marketing chief: "The 10LPP process not only provides customers with improved performance, but also enables early launch of new products with a high initial yield. The 10-nanometer long-term strategy for electronics will continue." How much improved, you'd ask? Well, the second-generation 10nm LPP chips have up to 15% higher performance and power efficiency, compared to what's in the Galaxy S8, for instance. Given that the S8 is already blazing fast, the move to 8nm may have been postponed for later models, despite that Samsung announced its 8nm FinFET process as qualified and ready for production last month. In fact, Samsung says in the press release that its new S3 foundry in Korea will not only churn out the 10LPP processors, but "Samsung’s 7nm FinFET process technology with EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet) will also be mass produced at S3." Does that mean that the Note 9 may come with a 7/8nm chipset? Remains to be heard.

What's important in this report is also the timing. We've been hearing that Samsung is working on an Exynos 9810 since February, and at the time thought it is meant for the S8, but it apparently has been a work in progress instead, and now Samsung is ready to pump it out on a grand scale. The timing suspiciously coincides with the rumored first shipments of the S9's OLED displays this month. It's usually the screens that ship first to the assembly lines, then the rest of the components get together, and form the final retail product two or three months after the first panels hit the conveyor belts. 

Thus, there might be more merit to the speculation that Samsung is ready to release the Galaxy S9 earlier than it did the S8. Rumors vary from CES 2018, where Samsung often showcases its newest gear to carriers and investors in closed meetings, to the MWC, which is Samsung's traditional stomping ground for spring flagships announcements. MWC 2018 starts on Monday, February 26, so the Galaxy S9 could make a cameo February 25th at the latest, unless Samsung has indeed decided to gut the iPhone X sales in their tracks, and reveal the S9 to the general public at CES in January.

source: SamsungETNews (translated)

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1. Diego!

Posts: 880; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Go Sammy!

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1372; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Exynos over snap dragon all day

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

"mass" means about 50,000 units for Samsung.......LMAO

14. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

...and yet you're still poor and can't afford one. Keep laughing.

2. jasrockett

Posts: 127; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I'd luv to see em crush apple but we need apple to keep performing so that Samsung keeps pushing so hard. I recon we've got another 5 years at least of exciting new high end tech to enjoy. Bring it on

3. Clars123

Posts: 1079; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

Early relative to the S8s 'later' launch or early just because it looks good as a title?

4. miketer

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

If it's true, then I presume, wrong move. This decreases brand value, decreases product value faster and shows an unprofessional desperation to be ahead of something as a strategy, making them sacrifice on innovation and just bring an incremental update on the table. Sticking to a certain release schedule also gives customers / fans a sense of worthiness towards their gadgets, especially those fans who spends premium money for their flagship phones.

5. miketer

Posts: 541; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Also let's not forget, such hurried releases are also prone to hardware or software glitches'. Software issues can be sorted maybe, but hardware issues can ruin everything.

7. Peacetoall unregistered

let's hope it doesn't end up like note 7.

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Note 7 was Notch good....lol

11. Anderson36

Posts: 42; Member since: Apr 28, 2017

If what you say is true then the OnePlus 5T should be a flop because OnePlus releases a newer version every 6 months. But according to latest reports it has been selling like Hotcakes. Dosent seems legit?

21. dazed1

Posts: 806; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Becaue people are dumb, you need to be very dumb to pay 500-550$ for OP5T, and skip on S8 plus..

19. dimas

Posts: 3418; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

S9 may just be an incremental upgrade for techies but for average consumers, an upgrade to s9 from s5, s6 or s7 is a big jump. Most people I know still use their s6, iphone 6 or z5 compact so the idea of minor improvement is in the perspective of the user depending on their daily use.

8. may_czos

Posts: 956; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

S9 with old biometrics, 4GB of RAM, probably just a single camera (in the smaller version) and stupidly high price tag stands no chance agains the iPhone X.

13. dimas

Posts: 3418; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You are comparing iphone x to the unannounced s9? You are keeping to much salt in your pocket.

12. dimas

Posts: 3418; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Exynos 9810 + patented graphene battery + 256gb base storage. Make this happen on s9, samsung.

15. DRS1977

Posts: 679; Member since: May 27, 2015

Won't happen until the S12 at least.

16. Tony_5600

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 09, 2017

They might upgrade base storage 64GB to 128GB/256GB with Note 9 surely. They did set 64GB base storage with Note 7 first which has now became an industry's standard for every high end flagship smartphone in 2017.

17. Kibzara

Posts: 124; Member since: Feb 24, 2016

i realy love Samsung and how they push boundaries every year. one and only iPhone i appreciate is 6s plus and thats the last iphone i'll praise and have it in my collection. all other than that are same devices with minor changes...

18. kasemapiwat

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 17, 2014

Only 15% better than S8. Well that's not a good score though. Should be at least 25% will match Apple currently cpu.

20. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Can't wait to see what new technologies Samsung brings to the world this time. Samsung always brings the biggest innovations every year. I feel sorry for those who bought the ugly notch X. Already ancient tech in a few short months.

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