With the smartphone industry waning just a bit, Samsung is relying in their other divisions to help keep them profitable. Two of the largest divisions helping in this area are their display and chip manufacturing – parts that will be used in their own products, but also in their competitors' devices. Samsung's newest chip, the Exynos 8 Octa processor, is one such key component…a leading edge System on a Chip (SoC) built on the next generation 14nm FinFET process technology.
Qualcomm was the 'processor king' and the name most manufacturers turned to for their devices and while Samsung processors were considered a solid second, they were used mostly in Samsung devices outside the US market. All of that changed last year when the newest Snapdragon 810 showed signs of overheating and Samsung put their homegrown Exynos 7 octa-core processor in all of their Galaxy S6 and Note 5 models. Samsung's processors received great praise and in continuing that tradition, the new Exynos 8 octa is now introduced via an Infographic from Samsung touting all of its innovations and virtues.
Samsung's newest Exynos 8 completely integrates the ModAp, Modem and Applications Processor. It is their first chip to use its own Custom ARM Cores – four LITTLE Cores for efficient operations and four big Cores to offer real performance when needed. Like the Exynos 7 in the Galaxy S6 and Note 5 models, the new Exynos 8 uses Samsung's 14nm FinFET technology with a 3D Transistor that reduces the chip size, increases the performance and provides energy efficiency. The Exynos 8 also supports theoretical LTE modem speeds of Cat.12 for downloads (600 Mbps) and Cat.13 for uploading (150 Mbps) – this means you can download a 4GB movie in about 1 minute and upload a 1GB video in about 1 minute. No details are given about the GPU other than to say that it delivers a PC or console-like gaming experience with enhanced 3D graphics capability. The Exynos 8 also a offers 4K Ultra high-definition display support with four times as much detail as Full HD to give us a true-to-life multimedia experience.
Samsung's new processor will make for an interesting spring when Samsung announces its new Galaxy S7 models – will they go back to their old formula of offering US versions with the newest Snapdragon 820 or will they simply use their Exynos 8 in all of their models? Rumors are leaning towards the Snapdragon 820, but Samsung could save themselves money by using their own processor.