Samsung unveils the Exynos 7 Series 9610 chip: Neural image processing, rad slow-mo, coming H2 2018

Samsung unveils the Exynos 7 Series 9610 chip: Neural image processing, rad slow-mo, coming H2 2018
Samsung just announced the Exynos 7 Series 9610, a new high-profile member of its mid-range chipset lineup which puts the emphasis on AI-assisted photography prowess and promises exceptional image quality. 

Now, Samsung boasts that the chip comes with advanced face detection functionality which would recognize a face even if its skewed to the side or partially obscured behind another object. It also comes along with clever software trickeries and smart depth-sensing capabilities which will allow even single-camera devices to make stunning portraits with exaggerated out-of focus bokeh effect, similar to what Google's Pixels device are capable of. The chipset also promises great low-light imaging performance by enhancing brightness and merging multiple frames into one so as to minimize digital noise. Although all of these will be available on single-lens devices, the Exynos 7 9610 will also support various multi-camera setups, as is trendy these days. The chipset supports up to 24MP singular camera units or up to 16MP+16MP dual ones.

Samsung's new chipset also features a neural processing unit working in concert with the image processor which will "offer AI related features for enhanced photography and filming", quite possibly similar to the various gimmicky AR effects the Galaxy S9 and S9+ are bundled with. 

Finally, the chipset will handle 480fps slow-motion video recording at Full HD 1080p, which is a much more practical take on this trendy slow-mo jig. Aside from that, the chip is perfectly capable of encoding and decoding 4K video at up to 120fps in HEVC (H.265). Great!

Now, on the more essential specs of the chipset: the Exynos 7 9610 is an octa-core mobile processor built on a 2nd-gen. 10nm FinFET process comprising a 2.3GHz quad cluster of Cortex-A73 cores and another quad cluster of Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 1.6GHz. The graphics unit inside is a Mali-G72 MP3. The new Exynos supports LTE data throughput speeds of up to 600Mbps on the downstream and a Cat.13 up to 150Mbps on the upstream. 

Samsung says that the Exynos 7 Series 9610 will be is expected to be mass produced in the second half of this year.

source: Samsung



1. Hollowmost

Posts: 424; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Is Samsung completing with Snapdragon ??

2. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Still using A53s and A73s, eh? I know, it's a mid-range chip but... The A73 is over 2 year old now and The A53... About 4 year old, I think? Anyhow, this SoC probably only going to show-up in The Upcoming A8 (2019) so... Whatever!

4. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

The A73 is not old. Last year it was brand new. Yes, it got announced in 2016, but it takes one year to implement it. It's equivalent to Snapdragon 835. This SoC is more focused towards media and camera. 4k 120 fps and 1080p 480 fps is not even possible for the brand new 845. That on a midranger is killer.

5. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I didn't say it's slow, and neither did I try to imply it. But the thing is; The A75s and A55s are leaps and bounds ahead of older cores! Not in processing power, but in task management and flexibility thanks to ARM's DynamIQ. These cores will be around 3 year old when Samsung launch The A8 (2019).

6. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Well, the A75 might be faster, but it's also bigger and hence more expensive. Compared to the crappy CPUs on this year's A series phones, this will be a revelation.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

FHD@480fps, 4k@120fps for mid-ranger? Well, I think I'll move to their A-series next year (Galaxy A also got great battery life).. But not if they increase their "mid-ranger" price above $600..

7. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

That's an amazing SoC for a midranger. It's using cores that are equivalent to the Snapdragon 835, and it's probably going to be equipped in phones that are a lot cheaper. Smartphones with this chip should perform quite well, as it can rival the Snapdragon 835 in CPU performance, but it does fall behind in GPU performance, but i don't know of anyone that uses a lot of their time playing demanding games on their phone or even gaming much on their phone at all.

8. Tommikke

Posts: 69; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

This is what A8(+) would've needed. E: Oh wait! Still uses just G72MP3, Samsung should use at least G72MP6, even G72MP4.

9. plasteek

Posts: 265; Member since: Jun 07, 2015

Even at thouzaaaaands fps i want to see the video quality first and don't tell me A series got killer quality !

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