Rumour has it that Samsung is cooking up a new Exynos SoC for the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy S7. The new chipset is said to be the Exynos 8890, which will replace the Exynos 7420 as the Korean tech giant’s new high-end processor. Now, according to a new report, Samsung has started mass producing the said CPU.
The new rumour comes to us courtesy of Korean-speaking ETNews. According to the report, Samsung has already started mass producing the Exynos 8890. Earlier reports claimed that the chip would enter into mass production in December. The Exynos 8890 CPU is expected to be on board one of the versions of the Samsung Galaxy S7. The other version is expected to come packed with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC.
The Exynos 8890 CPU going into mass production earlier than expected could mean that the Samsung Galaxy S7 will be launched earlier next year. Word on the street is that Samsung is planning to launch its new flagship in February of 2016. The Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 Edge was launched in April of this year.
Going back to the Exynos 8890, leaked information about the CPU revealed that it is a 64-bit octa-core processor with cores clocked as much as 2.4 GHz. It is believed that the CPU will feature ARMv8 cores. Just like the Exynos 7420 found under the hood of the S6, the 8890 is expected to me manufactured under Samsung’s 14 nm process. The 14 nm FinFET manufacturing process is currently the thinnest process Samsung can do. There was speculation that Samsung would use a 10 nm manufacturing process on the 8890, but the Korean tech giant isn’t expected to switch to the more superior process until 2016.
It looks like the Exynos 8890 CPU will be a monster of a processor. In an alleged Geekbench test, it scored 2,304 points in the single-core test and 8,038 points in the multi-core test. With these results, it beat the Apple A9’s multi-core result. However, it scored slightly lower in the single-core test.
Of course, since this is anything but official, take this with a pinch of salt.
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