Following the recent Bluetooth Sig-certification of a new Samsung chipset – the Exynos 5 Series 7872 SoC – the company has now taken to its own official blog to confirm and clarify some of the details about its new mid-range chip. According to Samsung and despite its middle-of-the-road status, the new Exynos 7872 SoC will be powerful enough to take on console-quality gaming, high-quality photography, and more mundane tasks such as browsing the web. It may not be as strong as a flagship processor but it should satisfy the needs of most consumers. With regard to Samsung's purpose behind the chip, the company has stated a desire to bring mid-range devices closer to the premium end of the Android device spectrum.
To meet the above-stated goal, Samsung confirms that it has doubled up on the number of Cortex-A73 cores found in the latest iteration of this chip series. That means the 64-bit Exynos 7872 SoC comes in a Hexa-core configuration with two of those cores clocked at 2.0GHz, while the remaining four Cortex-A53 cores are clocked at 1.6Ghz. Samsung says the new configuration increases single-core performance by two-fold over its predecessor. Meanwhile, the new chip embeds a two-carrier aggregation-capable LTE modem, for peak download speeds of around 300Mbps and uploads of around 150Mbps where possible. While the company didn't confirm the bands, that modem also allows support for a huge range of network environments including CDMA, GSM, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, LTE-FDD, and LTE-TDD. That's in addition to the probably unsurprising inclusion of a Global Navigation Satellite System receiver and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5. On the camera side of the equation, the Exynos 7872 supports full HD video at 120 frames per second. The chip also supports features such as depth-adjustment and dual-camera setups to assist Android device manufacturers in bringing top-end photography to mid-range handsets.
Taken as a whole, that package should be reasonably appealing to both consumers and smartphone makers. As already stated, it won't necessarily enable a direct competition between devices using the new Exynos 7872 SoC and devices such as the Galaxy Note 8 or up-and-coming Samsung flagships. It will, however, put a lot more power into the hands of smartphone users in the middle of the market, where a much higher number of devices are sold. That, in turn, should allow users to get a lot more out of their devices and developers to create more and better applications for users.