Right after the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 was unveiled, Samsung upgraded the Exynos lineup by unveiling all new Exynos 8 Octa 8890. Interestingly this octa-core SoC comes with four ARM Cortex-A53 cores while the other four are Exynos M1 custom cores made by Samsung. The latest chipset can bring 30% better performance and 10% improvement in battery efficiency when compared to Exynos 7 Octa 7520 chipset.
This is also the company’s first ever chipset that comes bundled with processor and modem. It also supports the displays with resolution up to 4K UHD (4096 x 2160) and WQUXGA (3840 x 2400). The Exynos 8 Octa was built on 14nm FinFET process, same as the Snapdragon 820. The graphics will be handled by the Mali-T880 GPU which makes the chipset optimized for graphic-intensive gaming and also virtual reality experience. The included LTE modem can support Cat 12 and Cat 13 LTE with download speeds up to 600 Mbps and upload speeds up to 150 Mbps.
“The Exynos 8 Octa is a leading-edge application processor for next-generation mobile devices that incorporates Samsung’s mobile technology leadership in CPU, ISP, and modem as well as process technology,” said Dr. Kyushik Hong, VP of System LSI marketing, Samsung Electronics. He also added, “With our custom designed CPU cores and the industry’s most advanced LTE modem, consumers using mobile devices with the Exynos 8 Octa will experience a new level of mobile computing.”
According to the company, the mass production of the Exynos 8 Octa starts from the next month and we can expect the first smartphone powered with this chipset to be launched in the first half of 2016. If rumors are to believed, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S7 that will be launching in February 2016 will be powered by this same chipset. Based on the leaks few selected will get Snapdragon 820 powered galaxy S7 and for rest of world, the Galaxy S7 will be shipped along with Exynos 8 Octa SoC.