It’s come to this. Not only do unannounced smartphones make headlines for several months prior to their commercial releases nowadays, but various components, most notably application processors, go through the rumor paces, ending up as thoroughly detailed as flagship handhelds weeks ahead of their formal introductions.

Case in point, the Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890 SoC, which technically goes official today, but in truth, it’s stopped holding the slightest secrets a while back. The “leading-edge” silicon will power the “next-generation mobile devices that incorporates Samsung’s mobile technology leadership in CPU, ISP, and modem as well as process technology”, starting with the Galaxy S7 as early as January.

Mass production may not however be underway yet, as tipsters recently suggested, with “late 2015” plans that should nonetheless put the GS7 on track for a global rollout in February or so. Compared to the Exynos 7 Octa 7420-packing heroes of 2015, next year’s spearheads will reportedly enhance raw performance by 30 percent and power efficiency by a barely perceptible 10 percent.

It doesn’t sound like such a major step forward, yet from an architectural standpoint, the Exynos 8890 is truly a big deal. For the first time ever, it combines a cluster of four Samsung custom designed CPU cores with an ARM Cortex-A53 quartet in an improved heterogeneous multi-processing arrangement.

It’s also the Korean smartphone and semiconductor giant’s road-opening premium integrated one-chip solution, with the processor and LTE modem linked together to save space, lower manufacturing costs and increase the all-in-one SoC’s flexibility.

Speaking of the modem, that’s unsurprisingly the most advanced LTE Cat.12/13 unit in existence, with 600Mbps download capabilities, and upload speeds capping off at a remarkable 150Mbps. Why does Samsung still need Qualcomm again?

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

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