Samsung has made available its latest application processor (AP), the Exynos 7 Series 9610, built on Samsung's 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process and packed with features such as deep learning-based image processing and slow motion video recording at 480 frames per second (fps).
The new AP delivers a boost in multimedia performance. Vision and image processing is now coupled with a neural network engine for more intelligently enhanced face detection, as well as single camera out-focusing and augmented low-light images. The face detection feature enables the camera to recognize faces that are either not facing forward or partially covered with objects like hair or a hat. With smart depth sensing, bokeh or out-focused portraits can be taken with a single camera. Through merging multiple frames, vision and image processing enhances the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and brightness that can improve pictures taken in low-light environments.
The Exynos 9610 also allows for 480fps slow-motion support in full HD. Even while using a conventional two-stack image sensor, the Exynos 9610 is able to encode slow-motion video, thanks to its image signal processor (ISP) with improved performance by 1.6 times compared to the Exynos 7 7885 AP (14nm) and more-than-doubled mobile industry processor interface (MIPI) speed.
In addition, the processor uses a multi-format codec (MFC) that allows encoding and decoding up to 4K 120fps.
Below you see a comparison among the high-end Exynos 9 Series (9810) octa-core AP found in the Galaxy S9 series, the new Exynos 7 Series (9610) and the previous 14nm Exynos 7 Series (7885):
|Exynos 9 Series (9810)||Exynos 7 Series (9610)||Exynos 7 Series (7885)|
|CPU (Primary)||Custom CPU 2.9GHz Quad||Cortex-A73 2.3GHz Quad||Cortex-A73 2.2GHz Dual|
|CPU (Secondary)||Cortex-A55 1.9GHz Quad||Cortex-A53 1.6GHz Quad||Cortex-A53 1.6GHz Hexa|
|GPU||Mali-G72 MP18||Mali-G71 MP3||Mali-G71 MP2|
|Video||4K UHD 120fps encoding and decoding||4K 30fps encoding and decoding|
|Codec||HEVC (H.265), H.264, VP9||HEVC (H.265), H.264 and VP8, VP9 (decoding)|
|Display||WQUXGA (3840x2400)||Up to WQXGA (2560x1600)||WUXGA (1920x1200), Full HD+ (2220x1080)|
|Modem||LTE Cat.18 6CA 1.2Gbps (DL) / Cat.18 2CA 200Mbps (UL)||LTE Cat.12 3CA 600Mbps (DL) / Cat.13 2CA 150Mbps (UL)|
|Connectivity||GNSS||Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, FM Radio||GNSS|
|Storage||UFS 2.1||UFS 2.1, eMMC 5.1||eMMC 5.1, SD 3.0|
The CPU os the new Exynos 7 Series (9610) AP is comprised of four Cortex-A73 cores running at 2.3 gigahertz (GHz), and four 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 cores to allow for quick load of aps and multitasking. The GPU is a second-generation Bifrost-based ARM Mali-G72.
Always-on sensing applications that require instant feedback, such as gesture recognition or context awareness, are enabled by an embedded Cortex-M4F-based low-power sensor hub, which manages the sensors in real-time without waking the main processor.
For always connected and seamless mobile broadband connection, the embedded all-network LTE modem supports Cat.12 3CA (carrier aggregation) at 600 megabits per second (Mbps) for downlink and Cat.13 2CA at 150Mbps for uplink. The processor is also packed with wireless communication technologies such as high-throughput 802.11ac 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and FM for radio. In addition, for global location positioning coverage, it embeds a 4-mode Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver that includes GPS (Global Positioning System), GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo.
The Exynos 7 Series 9610 is expected to be mass produced in the second half of this year.