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Exynos 9820: Seven Reasons Why You Should Be Excited About Samsung's Latest Flagship Processor

Written By Tanmay Patange | Mumbai | Published:

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  • Exynos 9820 features an integrated neural processing unit (NPU) to implement machine learning methods with less power
  • It looks like Samsung is looking to bridge the performance gap between desktop and smartphones
  • There are several reasons why we feel the Exynos 9820 should drastically improve smartphone photography

Samsung recently announced it's latest flagship processor, the Exynos 9820, which will power their upcoming Galaxy S10 devices. Samsung is hosting their UNPACKED event on February 20 in San Francisco. Ahead of the official launch, we give you plenty of reasons why you should be excited about Samsung Exynos 9820 chip. First things first, Samsung's Exynos 9820 chip is based on their 8nm FinFet process. But there's more to it. We take a look:

1. AI and Machine Learning

The Exynos 9820 features an integrated neural processing unit (NPU) to implement machine learning methods with less power. NPU is a microprocessor designed to handle machine learning algorithms in particular. Meaning, it should have what it takes to accelerate functions realted to artificial intelligence (AI). This way, Samsung could benefit from Exynos 9820's integrated NPU, especially when it comes to putting into AI into different things.

Recently, we saw a patent filed in the European Union (EU) suggesting Samsung could be working on a GPU booster based on artificial intelligence.

According to Samsung's presentation of the idea behind its Exynos 9820, a dedicated NPU also opens up the possibilities to provide users with better power efficiency and cloud security, in addition to virtual assistants, augmented reality (AR) and photography. So we can safely assume that Exynos 9820 would give a necessary boost to the Bixby, Samsung's virtual assistant.

2. Performance

It looks like Samsung is looking to bridge the performance gap between desktop and smartphones, or at least that's what they seem to claim with the Exynos 9820. The Exynos 9820 features "tri-cluster octa-core CPU architecture," which consists of two Samsung custom cores to handle resource-intensive tasks, two ARM Cortex A75 cores (performance cores) and four Cortex A55 (efficiency cores). So we can expect an optimised balance between performance and efficiency to a great extent.

3. 5G Connectivity

The Exynos 9820 uses an LTE-Advanced Pro modem for better broadband speeds enabling downlink speed of up to 2.0Gbps. It also includes the Exynos Modem 5100 to support the 5G network.

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4. Gaming

The Exynos 9820 is combined with Mali G76 MP12 GPU for graphics. It's also claimed to provide users with up to 40 per cent improvement in performance and 35 per cent enhancement in power efficiency over its predecessor.

5. Photography

There are several reasons why we feel the Exynos 9820 should drastically improve smartphone photography. Apart from AI (which is an obvious implementation), the image signal processor (ISP) has increased the number of sensors it can support from four to five. Here's what it means for users: A lot of functions happen in the background when a user taps the shutter button. The Exynos 9820 should not only reduce the shutter sped but also improve focus, exposure and white balance for better results.

6. 8K video recording

Yes, you read that right. Recently at CES 2019, we saw companies like Samsung and LG introducing 8K sets. But the real question, do we have enough 8K content in the first place? We don't even have enough 4K content in India, let alone 8K. Samsung may be addressing this issue with the Exynos 9820. But recording videos in higher resolution means more burden on storage, isn't it? Well, according to Samsung, their 10-bit HEVC codec can encode and compress 8K video into a smaller file size.

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7. 4K HDR

The Exynos 9820 supports HDR10+ to enhance the performance of each frame individually. It also supports a 4K UHD display on a mobile device for the better multimedia viewing experience.

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