Exynos 990, Samsung unveils new Processor set to Electricity Galaxy S11 Collection

Samsung Exynos 990 + Exynos 5123 Modem

Samsung announces 7nm EUV Exynos 990 flagship processor

While the majority of premium Android phones use Qualcomm's CPUs for the Snapdragon series to power their devices, Samsung is a manufacturer offering a proprietary chip - the Exynos series. This fact only fuels the rumors of a new A series from Samsung, the Galaxy A51.

"The 5G Exynos Modem 5123, one of the first 5G modem chips manufactured using a 7nm EUV process", said Samsung. The Exynos 990 chip also includes on-device AI dual-core neural processing device.

Notably, the Exynos 990 doesn't come with an integrated 5G modem. The new GPU provides an improvement in performance or power efficiency of up to 20% compared to its predecessor. "Samsung will continue to support our smartphone-manufacturing customers with on-time development of next-generation mobile memory solutions, bringing enhanced smartphone experiences to many more users around the globe".

That's right, Samsung also unveiled the Exynos Modem 5123, a 5G chip capable of download speeds of up to 7.35Gbps in mmWave, and 5.1Gbps in sub-6GHz setting with up to 8x carrier aggregation.

In terms of the GPU, Samsung has incorporated the Mali-G77MP11 in the Exynos 990. The Exynos 990 and 5G Exynos Modem 5123 harness the most advanced chipmaking technologies to-date with a 7-nanometer (nm) process using extreme ultraviolet (EUV) lithography. The new processor can support a maximum of six cameras with resolutions up to 108MP (but only three at once at this resolution).

Further, the Exynos 990 gets a dual-core NPU for better on-device AI tasks such as facial recognition and scene detection. At the high end we have support for 5G sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums with 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, TD-SCDMA, HSPA and 4G LTE connectivity checkboxes ticked too. Screen tearing is reduced, and animations are smoothed out even on "devices with multiple displays, such as foldable phones" via a 20Hz refresh-rate display driver. The Galaxy S11 has already leaked in bits and pieces but Samsung itself may already be providing the bread crumbs that paint the picture of a mighty Next Galaxy that may finally see a long-overdue upgrade in at least one aspect.

The Exynos 990 complements these modem speeds with a very wide memory bandwidth that supports LPDDR5 data rates of up to 5,500 megabits per second (Mb/s).

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