Published: Fri, January 05, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Samsung introduces the Exynos 9810, likely destined for the Galaxy S9

Samsung introduces the Exynos 9810, likely destined for the Galaxy S9

Back in November a year ago, Samsung introduced its Exynos 9 series processor, the 9810 but never gave details on its capabilities until yesterday (January 4). Deep learning features allow the processor to recognise faces and items in photos for fast image searching and categorisation - those who use Google Photos will be familiar with this. The Exynos 9810 sports a 3rd generation custom CPU that Samsung has upgraded with wider pipelines and optimized cache memory so its single-core and multi-core performances are improved around two-fold and 40 percent respectively when compared to its predecessor. Onboard is the third-generation custom processor, a much more enhanced LTE modem which is capable of delivering faster gigabit connectivity speeds, topnotch image processing, and deeper artificial or neural learning capabilities.

The Exynos 9810 chipset is the company's latest and most efficient processors to date. If that sounds familiar, Samsung is basically taking a note from Apple and bringing "Animoji" and "Face ID" to the S9, as if that wasn't totally expected.

Greengart agreed that by offering different chips in different devices around the world, Samsung could begin to cause more testy marketing issues for the company in the future. Depth sensing is also in the cards as the chipset can scan a user's face in 3D for hybrid face detection.

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On the connectivity front the SoC comes with Cat.18 LTE modem with support for 6x carrier aggregation (CA), which can offer maximum download speed of up to 1.2Gbps, and upload speeds up to 200 megabits per second (Mbps). And to keep your biometric data such as facial, iris and fingerprint secure, the SoC also has a separate security processing unit to safeguard. To maximise the transfer rate, the modem supports a 4×4 MIMO (Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output) and 256-QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) scheme, and utilises enhanced Licensed-Assisted Access (eLAA) technology. It means users will see better image stabilization when capturing both photos and videos, and brighter pictures in low-light conditions with reduced noise.

Samsung says the chip is already in production so it's a safe bet it'll show up in the Galaxy S9 smartphone. It'll also capture video at up to 120 fps in UHD resolution: the Galaxy S8 can only do UHD at 30 fps, or 1080p at 60 fps. It will also support 4K videos at 120fps and UFS 2.1 and SD 3.0 storage.

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