When we’re talking about Samsung SoCs these days, more often than not we’re thinking about something along the lines of the Exynos 8 Octa, the advanced chip slated to power the upcoming Galaxy S7 in select markets. And while that’s clearly the future of Samsung flagships, there’s still plenty of life left in the old Exynos 7 Octa line, whose processors powered last year’s devices. Today Samsung sheds a little light on where those chips are headed next as the company announces the new Exynos 7 Octa 7870, destined for upcoming mid-range handsets.
Like the 7420 that we found at the heart of the Galaxy S6, as well as the 8890 that will power the GS7, the new 7870 is based on Samsung’s 14nm fabrication process.
Right now, though, we don’t know a ton about just what makes the Exynos 7 Octa 7870 tick. Evidence has suggested that the SoC may power the rumored 2016 edition of the Galaxy J7 – then again, there’s also been ample reason to think that the J7 could run a Snapdragon chip, so we may be looking at multiple hardware variants.
For the moment, we’ll just have to wait to hear more from Samsung both about the 7870’s capabilities, as well as what devices the manufacturer is thinking of building around the chip. Who knows – we might even get some of those answers next week at MWC 2016.