Samsung unveils the Exynos 1080 chipset for premium mid-rangers Samsung Exynos 1080

Samsung is one of the only Android smartphone manufacturers that has its own semiconductor production. Fresh out of Samsung Foundry is the new Exynos 1080 chipset, which tries to bridge the gap between mid-range and high-end smartphones.

Successor to the Exynos 980, the Exynos 1080 was just unveiled at an event in China. The first phone to be powered by it will also launch in China first, in the form of a Vivo smartphone in early 2021. We expect it to be a part of the X series or the Nex series. The platform integrates the CPU, GPU, NPU, 5G modems as well as the image signal processor.

Exynos 1080 specs and features

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As for specifications, the Exynos 1080 is fabricated on a 5nm process and should be significantly more efficient than its 8nm predecessor. Even the new Apple A14 chipset is built on a 5nm node. Samsung has opted for a tri-cluster octa-core configuration with one high-performance Cortex-A78 core clocked at 2.8GHz, three Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.6GHz, and four high-efficiency Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2GHz. The company claims that the single-core performance has been improved by 50% while the multi-core performance should be better by 100%.