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Samsung Announces Exynos 880 5G Chip For Affordable Android Devices

Exynos 880

Samsung has announced a new SoC to complete its Exynos range by the center. Intended primarily for the next mid-range smartphones of the Korean giant (but not only), the Exynos 880 has eight cores engraved in 8nm FinFET and an integrated 5G modem, like what Qualcomm offers for example and MediaTek with their respective Snapdragon 768G  and Dimensity 820, among others.

The Exynos 880 Competitive Chip Onboard

From a technical point of view, the eight cores of the Exynos 880 are, unsurprisingly, divided into two groups: on one side two Cortex A76 cores clocked at 2GHz and intended for power-hungry tasks; on the other, six Cortex A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and designed for energy saving. On the iGPU side, there is a graphic part Mali-G76 MP5 capable of supporting the display in Full HD+ resolution.

The ISP (Image Signal Processor) integrated hereby Samsung allows the support of a maximum of 64MP on a single camera. Support for two 20MP sensors is also available as an alternative, but the chip is capable of managing up to three photosensors. Samsung also mentions support for video in 4K at 30fps, and encoding/decoding in H.265, H.264 or VP9 codecs. NPU (Neural Processing Unit) and DSP (Digital Signal Processor) parts are also on the menu on the Exynos 880, for faster calculations, boosted by AI.

In terms of connectivity, the 5G modem of this new SoC is capable of supporting the 5G bands below 6GHz for 1.28 Gb/s and 3.55Gb/s in uplink and downlink rates, respectively. For 4G, this time it will be necessary to bet on a maximum of 1Gb/s downstream. Note for the rest, the presence of WiFi 5 (ac), and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

As Neowin indicates, the Exynos 880 has already entered the mass production phase and has already debuted on a smartphone which is not signed Samsung: the Vivo Y70S, launched in China this week. Samsung’s Exynos 880 SoC is the direct competitor of two prominent chipsets on the market including Snapdragon 768G and MediaTek Dimensity 820 SoC which was recently launched by MediaTek in order to compete Qualcomm’s chip, but now both the chips have to independently compete for its new rival which seems to be pretty good at targeting midrange Android devices around the world.