Huawei and Apple already beat the other chip makers in the race to announcing and also releasing phones powered by 7nm chipsets with their Kirin 980 and the Bionic A12/A12X proccesors respectively. Now it appears Samsung is ready to claim the third spot.
Samsung’s Exynos Twitter account posted a tweet yesterday with an image that has the text “Intelligence from within” and a November 14, 2018 date written on it. We believe this is a teaser for the launch of the next generation flagship Samsung processor – the Exynos 9820.
— Samsung Exynos (@SamsungExynos) November 9, 2018
The Exynos 9820 will be a 7nm chipset and will first appear in the Galaxy S10 series in the first quarter of 2019 before appearing in the Galaxy Note 10 in the third quarter. The chipset will also have a 5G modem.
There are rumors the Exynos 9820 will have a tri-cluster arrangement like the Kirin 980. One cluster is said to be made of two custom Mongoose M4 cores, followed by a second cluster of Cortex-A76 cores and a third cluster of Cortex-A55 cores. The chipset has also been reported to feature a Mali-G76 GPU and have advanced AI capabilities.
At the moment, the Bionic A12X is the most-powerful chipset in a mobile device. It will be interesting to see how well the Exynos 9820 performs. Qualcomm, on the other hand, will announce its own next-gen processor at an event in December scheduled to hold in Hawaii.