Samsung announced Exynos 990 as a brand new mobile processor. This is a more powerful processor based on the name than the Exynos 980 announced at the beginning of September, and its specs put it in the category of flagships.
The Exynos 990 is just like Huawei’s Kirin 990 5 G chipset, a 7 nm EUV processor. The processor has eight cores in the configuration of a 2+ 2 + 4 tri-cluster CPU. Custom CPU cores of 2x 5th generation + 2x Cortex-A76 cores + 4x Cortex-A55 cores are available. Samsung holds a mystery of the clockspeed of the cores. However, it does state that the performance of custom CPU core compared to its predecessor has improved by 20%. The new processor has a Mali-G77 MP11 GPU replacing the Exynos 9820’s Mali-G76 MP12 GPU. Compared to its predecessor, the new GPU provides up to 20 percent improvement in performance or power efficiency. Samsung is promising lag-free gaming with the new GPU.
Interestingly, the Exynos 990 has a dual-core NPU, an extra core more than the NPU of the Exynos 9820. There is also an enhanced Digital Signal Processor (DSP) which works for better camera efficiency, virtual assistant, and augmented reality with the new NPU. With resolutions of up to 108MP, the SoC supports up to six cameras.
The Exynos 990 supports up to 4K UHD resolution, LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.0 and UFS 2.1 memory, with hyper-fast 5 G rates. It has an Exynos Modem 5123. Samsung says the new modem supports download speeds of up to 7.35Gbps in mm Wave and 5.1Gbps in sub-6GHz with an aggregation of up to 8x. The new modem that is also based on the EUV 7 nm process supports E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) which “combines LTE and 5 G connectivity to increase the speed of mobile download.”
The new processor from Samsung supports video encoding with 8K UHD at 30 frames per second. In addition to 10-bit video and HDR monitor support, it also has a 120Hz refresh rate driver screen (you can clap here). Security has also been enhanced with a newly added integrated security element (iSE) layer that stores and manages personal data in a separate space from the operating system.
The Exynos 990 is scheduled for next year to drive Samsung’s Galaxy S11 series flagship phones.