Whether or not you buy into the notion of Moore's Law, chips continue to get smaller, more densely packed and more efficient, with the latest 5nm processes already at work in both Apple's and Huawei's latest smartphones. Now it looks like Samsung is ready to debut its first 5nm offering - the Exynos 1080 processor.
Successor to the 8nm Exynos 980 - the company's first SoC to feature an integrated 5G modem - the 1080 is said to leverage ARM's latest Cortex-A78 CPU cores (clocked at up to 3GHz) and its new Mali-G78 GPU architecture too.
Samsung's Exynos Weibo account announced the chip's arrival, with a dedicated in-person launch event set to take place in Shanghai, China on 12 November (with fans being invited to join virtually by scanning the QR code on the invitation - see below).
A separate AnTuTu benchmark listing (again, via Weibo) for the 1080 already exists too, with a CPU score of 181,000; notably outpacing the likes of top current-gen silicon such as Qualcomm's unquestionably capable Snapdragon 865+ SoC.
Despite such figures, the Exynos 1080 isn't the chipset expected to power next year's well-rumoured Galaxy S21 and instead is more likely to make its debut inside Vivo's upcoming X60 smartphones (thought to be a China-exclusive, initially).
Along with the 1080, the Vivo X60 is said to be running Android 11, sport a 120Hz high refresh rate display, boast 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.1 storage, which collectively paint a picture of one very snappy and powerful handset.
Aforementioned Qualcomm is also on-track to be launching a new flagship-class 5nm chip of its own in the Snapdragon 875, expected to debut at the company's Snapdragon Tech Summit in December this year. The 875 will undoubtedly serve as the alternative chip that Samsung uses in its next flagship devices in place of its own Exynos silicon (expected to be the Exynos 2100).
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