Samsung announces the Exynos 880 chipset for mid-range 5G smartphones
The theme for 2020 is 5G, whether we like it or not. Most of the releases this year have been on a handful of 5G SoCs in the upper ranges of the smartphone ecosystem. This fact will slowly change as more and more chip manufacturer increase their 5G portfolio. Samsung is now building upon its product portfolio with a quiet launch of the Exynos 880, a 5G SoC targeting the mid-range.
While the Exynos 990 and Exynos 980 SoC handle duties in the flagship realms, the Exynos 880 attempts to slot in slightly lower. The Exynos 880 is based on the 8nm FinFET process and comprises of 2x Cortex-A77 cores @ 2.0GHz and 6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz. This setup is quite commonly used to provide a balance of performance and efficiency. GPU duties are handled by the Mali-G76 MP5 GPU. The SoC also has an integrated NPU, which should aid in AI performance on smartphones. The SoC can support displays up to FHD+ (2520 x 1080), and support LPDDR4X RAM and, UFS 2.1 and eMMC 5.1 storage.
In the camera department, the Exynos 880 is able to handle three sensors concurrently, and up to five individual sensors. With regards to max resolution, it supports a single camera up to 64MP resolution, or up to 20MP + 20MP dual-camera configuration. For video, the SoC supports up to 4K 30fps video recording and playback, with support for HEVC, H.264, and VP9.
Of course, the offering would be incomplete if it weren’t for 5G. The Exynos 880 supports 5G NR Sub-6GHz with a maximum download of 2.55Gbps and an upload of 1.28Gbps. For LTE, you get Cat.16 with 5CA for up to 1Gbps download and Cat.18 with 2CA for up to 200Mbps upload. There’s also support for Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, FM Radio, and for GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo satellite systems.
Samsung has not revealed which of its phones will be powered by the new Exynos 880 SoC. Curiously, we already have our first phone powered by this new SoC in the form of the Vivo Y17s, although the device is limited to China only at the moment. We’ll likely get a global device soon.