The advanced 5G connectivity is expected to come in more devices with the introduction of the new Samsung Exynos 980.

Unlike processors such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, which requires a dedicated X55 modem to have 5G connectivity, the Samsung Exynos 980 will have the 5G antenna built-in. Resulting in a single chip solution.

This shall help bring this new wireless standard to more affordable devices. For those who are unfamiliar, 5G can provide up to 100x faster speeds than the current mainstream standard, 4G LTE.

The Exynos 980 can provide up to 2.55Gbps of 5G connectivity under the sub–6GHz spectrum.

As for the processing side, the new chipset boasts a two Cortex A77 performance cores clocked at 2.2GHz. There’s also the six Cortex A55 efficiency cores running at 1.8GHz. It will also have a dedicated NPU for AI and mixed reality tasks.

See also: Advantages of 5G over 4G


The Samsung Exynos 980 will also come with a Mali-G76 MP5 graphics for reliable gaming performance — all of which are crammed inside an 8nm process built.

It has support for up to UFS 2.1 of fast storage, LPDDR4x memory, up to WQHD+ displays, and dual 20-megapixel cameras.

The South Korean tech giant expects to bring the new Samsung Exynos 980 processor into mass production before the year ends. We could possibly see it in upcoming Galaxy A devices in the future.

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