Samsung teases new 5G-supporting mid-range Exynos chips ahead of reveal this month

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Last week Samsung revealed its quarterly earnings report, which saw the South Korean company record one its best quarters thanks to interest in its smartphones. The firm also cautioned that Q4 may not be as good, with increasing competition from other smartphone makers, but its Exynos silicon may be able to keep the momentum going.

This as Samsung is set to reveal its new Exynos 1080 chip later this month, which is designed to work with mid-range devices, and ones that support 5G in particular.

Said reveal is scheduled to take place on 12th November in the Chinese city of Shanghai, which is a curious choice.

While Samsung has remained relatively tight-lipped on the Exynos 1080 up until now, some tidbits have surfaced.

To that end the company told Android Authority that the 1080 will serve as a successor to the 980, which is designed with mid-range devices in mind. It will also sport newer Cortex-A78 CPU cores and Mali-G78 graphics, neither of which are made with flagship smartphones in mind.

That said, according to Engadget, early testing shows that the Exynos 1080 is no slouch, performing better than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. While it is always a good idea to take such benchmarking with a grain of salt, it looks like the mid-range chipsets that Samsung has lined up for early 2021 will prove a fair deal faster than previous iterations.

There is also the addition of built-in 5G support on the 1080 to take into account too.

We’re big fans of Samsung’s Galaxy A series, so adding 5G, as well as more powerful silicon could certainly help the company’s 2021 mid-range phone compete in what already is a very crowded and difficult market.

Whether we’ll get to see the 1080 in action locally remains to be seen, as the silicon appearing on SA-bound Samsung devices switches between Exynos and Qualcomm.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.