Samsung integrates 5G into its processors with the Exynos 980

Samsung’s CPU lineup isn’t quite as popular as Qualcomm’s, but that doesn’t mean they’re not competitive. We’ve seen some impressive Exynos options over the years, after all.

Now Samsung’s next step up is to integrate a 5G modem into their processors to keep them competitive as we transition away from 4G. That’s where the Exynos 980 comes in.

This new CPU isn’t technically Samsung’s first 5G compatible chip like this, since they rolled out a 5G modem last year. But the Exynos 980 does allow for the 5G modem and CPU to be combined, making for a more efficient platform to build a smartphone off of.

As far as specs go, the Exynos 980 is a pretty capable chip. It’s an 8nm CPU with 2 high performance cores and 6 efficiency cores, plus a neural processing unit that’s supposedly nearly 3 times more efficient than the NPU in the previous processor that the 980 is replacing.

The image processing is decent, too, with support for up to five sensors and up to 108MP cameras. The real selling point is its integrated 5G modem, however, which is capable of pulling down data speeds of up to 3.55Gbps.

Don’t expect to see this chip make its way into the Galaxy S11 or anything, but I imagine it’ll be a popular option for Galaxy A series devices.

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Born in southern Alabama, Jared spends his working time selling phones and his spare time writing about them. The Android enthusiasm started with the original Motorola Droid, but the tech enthusiasm currently covers just about everything. He likes PC gaming, Lenovo’s Moto Z line, and a good productivity app.

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