Samsung is super-proud of the Exynos 9820 and tells us why in short video

Samsung is super-proud of the Exynos 9820 and tells us why in short video
Samsung makes its own smartphone chips — this is information that is in no way secret but is often glossed over. But it’s a big deal for most of the world, really — while Galaxy flagships that are sold in the USA are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, international units all bear Samsung's own Exynos processor.

That said, the chip that will power the Galaxy S10 outside of the USA is the Exynos 9820. Samsung seems to be all hyped up about it and wants to share the excitement, which is why it posted a video and press release to outline the new Exynos’ strengths.

Update: Samsung killed the video for some reason


AI evolves



We’ve already heard numerous rumors and reports that Sammy’s next flagships will have a dedicated NPU (Neural Processing Unit). Basically, this is a mini assistant processor, whose sole purpose is to aid in AI-based calculations and activities. Features such as deep learning, assistant queries, AI-powered camera modes, and battery saving tricks will no longer take up from the main processor’s workload, which should mean faster processing for less power.

Also, Samsung hits on the point that the NPU will allow for AI to be implemented “anywhere”, which leads us to believe that there will be a software development kit for app devs to play with the new AI capabilities of the Galaxy S10.

Power and energy efficiency



The eight cores in the Exynos 9820 will be split into three separate clusters, each holding two cores. One will hold two custom Samsung cores optimized for heavy computational tasks, one will have two ARM Cortex A75 cores for high performance, and the third will have four Cortex A55 cores for regular tasks that don’t require all that power. A hardware-based intelligent task scheduler will make sure you are using the right cores at the right times to optimize battery life and performance.

In the graphics department, we have an ARM Mali-G76 MP12, which is basically the latest-and-greatest in mobile video processing. Yeah, it also leverages machine learning to improve performance and energy efficiency by up to 40% compared to the previous model, the papers say.

Ultra high-res ready



Currently, 4K resolution is the most mobile cameras can do in terms of video recording. “But hey, why not get some headroom?”, Samsung thought. The Exynos 9820’s Multi-Format Codec supports 10-bit HEVC to capture, encode, and write 8K video files faster than you can say “Cheese!”. Oh, the processor can also support up to 5 cameras in any combination. In other words, triple module on the back and dual module on the front seems like a possibility for Samsung's future top-tier devices.

Smaller tidbits



Other things you can see mentioned are HDR 10+ support, which means contrast and color optimization on a scene-by-scene basis while watching video; data encryption in isolation from the rest of the system, meaning what private transactions you do on the phone — stay on the phone; improved power efficiency; and super-fast LTE capabilities, of course.

This is not to say that the Snapdragon version of the Galaxy S10 would be inferior, of course. In fact, it will probably be comparable in terms of performance. History teaches us that the Exynos processors deliver similar performance with slightly shorter battery life than their Snapdragon counterparts. But we can't wait to test the new devices and see if this trend changes in 2019.

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20 Comments

1. umaru-chan

Posts: 349; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Don't kid yourself Samsung. Your soc will be far inferior to Qualcomm soc. As usual all bark but no bite from Samsung.

11. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

This SoC will be in millions of phones, and could outsell SD855. No need for Samsung to bark here. Some difference in numbers in benchmarking is not going to make the chip any inferior in real time usage. They are not the worlds largest chip maker for no reason.

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2893; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The 855 will probably give hugher FPS in games, will be more efficient due to the 7nm lithography, and will also likely have lower power consumption due to less powerful big cores. Not to mention the 855's medium cores are A76 while the 9820 is using A75.

2. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Well, Samsung would have to make a two-generation leap to catch up with Qualcomm ... and that is really unlikely. I hope they can pull it off, but I am really not optimistic when it comes to CPU/GPU department of Samsung.

12. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Well I have one Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 9 in my family. Both exynos with nice performance. I don’t know what CPU/GPU you are talking about. Suggest me to use some app that works better on Snapdragon than on exynos, I might then believe. I do have access to snapdragon Note 9 too which was imported from the US. However, my iPhone 7 Plus easily beats Galaxy S8+ Or any android phone that has not been reset on the last 12mpnths + when it comes to performance.

13. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Oh you, you own the stuff! ... Snapdragon 845 is a lot faster than Exynos variant - that is a fact. But can YOU tell a difference that is another story. You might wana think for a sec and wonder, what is the most power hungry app you use on a phone? Most like none, right? This is not about user experience, but a raw power you will never use.

15. ebilcake

Posts: 1221; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Only in benchmarks though, in normal usage you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Nothing takes advantage of the performance so it doesn't matter.

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2893; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Games do.

19. ebilcake

Posts: 1221; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Not the games I'm playing. Most games on the play store still run just fine on Snapdragon 820, developers haven't kept up.

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2893; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Who cares what games you r playing?? That was a cop out response, that nothing takes advantage of the performance bcoz you don't play games that do take advantage of it. What kind of a trash answer was that??? Learn to argue reasonably....kid!

3. hypertonik

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

"what happens on the phone stays on the phone" - so if I shoot something with the phone's camera, I cannot extract that from the phone and will lose it once the phone is dead?

4. paul.k

Posts: 290; Member since: Jul 17, 2014

OK, "what's encrypted on the phone, stays on the phone" :D

6. hypertonik

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

Well, so if I encrypt the phone's flash memory, I won't be able to extract anything created on the phone?

8. talon95

Posts: 990; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Yeah, unless you decrypt it first. Which is to say, the same way it works on the the S9 today, and pretty much all android encrypted SD cards.

9. hypertonik

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

No, it doesn't. I have no problems extracting any data created on my encrypted phone via clouds, USB and other standard means. So encryption itself does not seem enough to make anything stay on the phone.

10. iushnt

Posts: 3083; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Are you new to technology community? Your joining date suggest me against it. I don’t know where to start from, and I am sure people here are thinking the same. Well when you transfer the files to/from the cloud, USB and other standard means, the decryption process happens there. If you are finding hard to understand, for now simply forget, “what happens in the phone stays on the phone”, it simply doesn’t cater you I guess.

14. hypertonik

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 17, 2014

I just find the expression “what happens in the phone stays on the phone” false. Unless it's a special kind of phone which does not comminucate with the external world, which kind of defies the purpose of a phone.

5. Macready

Posts: 1813; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

"History teaches us that the Exynos processors deliver similar performance with slightly shorter battery life than their Snapdragon counterparts" Actually, for the majority of history the opposite was true, with faster CPU processing (and slower GPU).

7. japkoslav

Posts: 1465; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Exactly - if I am not mistaken two generations ago, Exynos was able to get +40% batery life compared to Snapdragon one.

18. frozz

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 10, 2017

samsung Exynos alway trumps qualcomm snapdragon both efficiency wise and performance. numbers don't lie, thank god here we have exynos and not snapD

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