Samsung has now confirmed it will be formally introducing its latest Exynos SoC on January 4. The confirmation on this came via Twitter today where Samsung outright stated "The Next Exynos" will be unveiled along with the addition that it "goes beyond a component." With the date now confirmed as January 4, this does mean Samsung will be announcing the new SoC shortly before CES 2018 is due to take place.
The fact that Samsung is unveiling its new SoC in early January is unlikely to come as much of a surprise as the company had already seemingly outed its next major SoC as the Exynos 9810 during an announcement which came through back in November. While at the same time highlighting that the Exynos 9810 was one of many Samsung-branded products that are due to be recognized with Innovation awards at the 2018 CES show. So it stood to reason that at the very latest CES would be when the new SoC was announced, if not before – which now seems to be the case with the confirmed January 4 date.
As for the processor, most of the details on what Samsung has in store are still currently unknown. Although it has since been confirmed by Samsung that this SoC will be built on a 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process, following on from the Exynos 8895 which was also a 10nm chip. Likewise, in the previous announcement on the 9810 Samsung did also confirm that it is the company's flagship processor. Therefore it will be a sound assumption to make that this is going to be the processor that powers the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus when they are announced a little later in the year. At least, the international models as it is largely expected that in line with the previous few Galaxy S models the US versions of the Galaxy S9 line of phones will come powered by the latest Snapdragon SoC from Qualcomm. Other than that, the previous announcement did also confirm the 9810 will come with an upgraded GPU and will support gigabit LTE along with 6CA. A separate announcement which came through from Samsung in late November looked to confirm that the company had now started mass producing its SoCs built on its second generation 10nm process – again, with the assumption being this includes the Exynos 9810.
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