This year’s Galaxy S10 has been in a bit of an odd situation: Though Samsung continued to dual-source its SoCs, utilizing both its own Exynos 9820 SoC in addition to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855, the phone discovered itself within the unusual situation of pitting 8nm silicon against 7nm silicon from TSMC. So though the brand new Exynos 9820 did fairly accurately in testing and improved a lot over the Exynos 9810, the chip seemingly still had disadvantages against the competition when it came to power effectivity, likely linked to its course of technology disadvantages. On top of the ability efficiency disadvantages, the chip also had a notable die area disadvantage versus the Snapdragon, coming in at 127mm² versus the smaller 73mm² competition.
Samsung’s 7nm EUV process node was noted as having started mass production back in October of last year, though we’re not sure precisely which chip this was referring to, and we had hopes that it could be the chip for the S10 however alas it was not to be.
This time around, Samsung is seemingly bridging the gap with the introduction of the brand new Exynos 9825 – a 7nm LPP refresh of the Exynos 9820.
The brand new chip very a lot appears like a die-shrink/mid-cycle refresh with mostly the same IP generation because of the 9820, still featuring Samsung’s M4 Cheetah cores in addition to a Mali-G76 GPU. Samsung also doesn’t appear to have modified the clock frequencies of the chip very much: The M4 cores are still operating at a peak frequency of 2.73GHz, and the A55 cores additionally run at 1.95GHz. We do see a bump within the frequencies of the middle cores that goes up from 2.31GHz to 2.4GHz.