Exynos 1080 to come with Cortex-A78 CPU, Mali-G78 GPU on the 5nm node
Samsung has recently gotten the habit of releasing two flagship-class chipsets per generation, starting with the Exynos 980 and the Exynos 990 duo. The former is sold to other OEMs who want an alternative to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips as well as used in their upper mid-range offerings, while the latter appears to be reserved for Samsung’s own flagships. Now as we gear up for 2021, Samsung has just revealed more about the Exynos 1080, their first 5nm chipset.
Aside from being manufactured on the latest process node, the Exynos 1080 also offers new Cortex-A78 CPU cores and a Mali-G78 GPU. These upgrades should offer a pretty significant performance bump from the Exynos 980, which offered older Cortex-A77 cores and a Mali-G76 GPU. The number of cores for the CPU and GPU was not revealed, although it is slated to score in excess of 650 000 points in Antutu. For reference sake, the Exynos 990 scores less than 540 000.
While you might be disappointed to find that this doesn’t pack the AMD RDNA-based GPU, do note that the Exynos 1080 is succeeding the Exynos 980, which is the lesser “flagship” chipset by Samsung. Samsung will probably unveil the fruits of their partnership with AMD with the Exynos 1090, assuming a similar naming convention. Samsung’s next flagship chipset is expected to sport customized Cortex-X1 cores along with the RDNA GPU, promising better performance than the upcoming Snapdragon 875.
Hopefully we will see more devices with the Exynos 1080, as we only saw it in very few vivo and Samsung devices. Perhaps we will see it in upcoming Fan Edition devices? In any case, vivo is expected to be among the first to put the Exynos 1080 into a smartphone, with it expect to be featured in an upcoming vivo X-series device.
Pokdepinion: The improvements are pretty good this generation. Perhaps Samsung put the time they would have usually put towards designing their own cores towards finetuning their new chipsets?