Samsung has announced a couple of new mid-range Exynos processors. The Exynos 1330 and Exynos 1380 will power the next generation of affordable 5G smartphones from the Korean brand. The former recently debuted inside the Gaalxy A14 5G in some markets, while earlier leaks and benchmark listings have already revealed a few details about the latter too. We now have official confirmation of everything.
Exynos 1330 specs and features
The Exynos 1330 is an entry-level smartphone chipset based on Samsung’s 5nm EUV (Extreme ultraviolet) process. In fact, it is the company’s first 5nm entry-level processor. The chipset boasts two ARM Cortex-A78 CPU cores clocked at 2.4GHz and six Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2GHz. The Korean firm has paired the CPU with ARM’s Mali-G68 MP2 GPU. It supports LPDDR4x and LPDDR5 RAM chips and UFS 2.2 and UFS 3.1 storage chips.
This chipset can handle Full HD+ resolution displays at a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. Samsung doesn’t name the ISP (Image Signal Processor) but says the Exynos 1330 can run a 108MP single camera with zero lag. It also supports 32MP cameras at 30fps (frames per second) in single-camera mode, or 16+16MP dual cameras at 30fps. The processor is also capable of 4K video recording and playback at 30fps. Samsung has equipped it with Multi-Format Codec (MFC) to enable support for HEVC, H.264, and VP8 codecs.
The Exynos 1330 comes with an integrated 5G modem that supports Sub-6GHz 5G networks. Samsung touts peak download speeds of 2.55Gbps and upload speeds of 1.28Gbps. The company also mentions support for LTE Cat.18 6CC (download) and Cat.18 2CC (upload). Other highlights include GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo navigation systems, NFC connectivity, and dual-band Wi-Fi. We may see the Exynos 1330 inside more budget Galaxy A models in the coming months.
Exynos 1380 specs and features
The Exynos 1380 is a premium mid-range chipset. This solution is also based on Samsung’s 5nm EUV process but comes with a more powerful CPU and GPU setup. The Korean firm has equipped this processor with four ARM Cortex-A78 CPU cores clocked at 2.4GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2GHz. It gets ARM’s Mali-G68 MP5 GPU that has five cores running at a maximum frequency of 950MHz. The chipset has an integrated AI engine featuring an NPU (Neural Processing Unit) that offers up to 4.9 trillion operations per second (TOPS).
Samsung is offering support for LPDDR4x and LPDDR5 RAM chips and UFS 3.1 storage chips here. The Exynos 1380 also cannot go beyond Full HD+ display resolution but can handle up to 144Hz of refresh rate. The company says the chipset boasts Adaptive Tone Control technology to automatically adjust the brightness and contrast of the screen. The ISP in the Exynos 1380 can handle up to 200MP cameras with zero shutter lag. Samsung says it supports a 64MP single camera at 30fps or 16+16+16MP triple cameras at 30fps. You get several flagship-grade camera features here.
While there’s no 8K video support, the Exynos 1380 supports HEVC 10bit, H.264 10bit, and VP9 for 4K video playback at 30fps. Video recording is still limited to HEVC, H.264, and VP8 codecs, it seems. However, Samsung is adding mmWave 5G support on top of Sub-6GHz 5G. This chipset can deliver download speeds of up to 3.67Gbps and upload speeds of up to 1.28Gbps. The Korean firm says LTE Cat.18 support enables maximum download and upload LTE speeds of 1.2Gbps and 211Mbps, respectively.
The rest of the things are more or less the same as on the Exynos 1330. These include navigation systems, NFC, and Wi-Fi. We have long known that the Exynos 1380 will power Samsung’s upcoming premium mid-range smartphone Galaxy A54 5G. The handset is expected to go official next month as the company’s most powerful mid-range model of this year. Time will tell if Samsung uses this chipset in more devices or sells it to other brands.