Samsung has just announced a new Exynos 7 Octa series processor, the Exynos 9610. The new SoC brings deep learning based multimedia features including advanced image processing as well as 480fps slo-mo video recording on premium smartphones.
The Exynos 9610 features 4 x Cortex A73 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and 4 x Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.6GHz in big.LITTLE architecture. For GPU, you get the second-generation Bifrost-based ARM Mali-G72. The chip boasts of a new neural network engine that works with vision and image processing for enhanced face detection. The advanced face detection feature can recognise a person even when his or her face is not directly facing the camera or is partially covered by things like a hat. Further, thanks to its smart depth sensing, it supports single camera bokeh shots. The chip also comes with a low power sensor hub based on Cortex M4F for features that require always on sensing such as gesture recognition.
Another highlight of the new Exynos 9610 is its support for 480fps FHD slo-mo videos. Thanks to its ISP that’s 1.6x faster and 2x faster MIPI (Mobile Industry Processor Interface) which connects to the image sensor, the chip can encode slo-mo videos even on a two stack image sensor. Other important features include Cat. 12 3x CA with up to 600Mbps downlink and 150Mbps uplink, Bluetooth 5.0, 802.11 ac 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi support, and a 4-node GNSS receiver.
Samsung says that it’ll mass produce the Exynos 9610 in the second half of 2018. Companies like Meizu could be one of the customers looking to get hold of this chipset for its premium smartphone lineup. Meizu already unveiled an Exynos powered mid-ranger earlier this year (the Meizu M6S), so it won’t be surprising to see this chip end up on a Meizu flagship later this year.