Samsung announces Exynos 7 Octa 7870 SoC for affordable smartphones

Samsung announces Exynos 7 Octa 7870 SoC for affordable smartphones

Samsung has expanded its semiconductor technology by announcing Exynos 7 Octa 7870 system-on-chip (SoC). The new chipset is specially designed for next-generation affordable smartphones using the advanced 14nm FinFET process technology.

The Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870 is the newest member in the company’s existing Exynos 7 Octa portfolio that was featured on its flagship offerings in the past. It has eight 1.6GHz Cortex-A53 cores and LTE Cat. 6 2CA modem to deliver up to 300Mbps download link speed and FDD-TDD joint carrier aggregation.

Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870

Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870 features octa-core CPU

“With increased performance and power efficiency, we anticipate widespread adoption of our new Exynos 7 Octa 7870 into mid-tier mobile devices,” said Ben K. Hur, Vice President of System LSI marketing, Samsung Electronics, in a statement. “Consumers will experience enhanced performance as this is the first time a mobile application processor built on advanced 14nm process is available for these types of smart mobile devices.”

Samsung claims that the Exynos 7 Octa 7870 consumes 30 percent less power than most of the 28nm mobile SoCs. The processor has support for WUXGA (1920×1200) display resolution and 1080p 60fps video playback. Also, it has a built-in image signal processor (ISP) to support up to 16-megapixel camera sensor on rear and front.

To deliver a “robust mobile experience based on more accurate and rapidly transitioning” location-based services, the chipset features GNSS solution integration. This enables fast time-to-first-fix (TTFF) function and offers a stable GPS experience.

Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870

Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7870

Samsung isn’t the only company that has started focusing on mid-range devices to mark growth in the silicon market. Rivals like Intel, MediaTek and Qualcomm are already developing new chipsets for affordable offerings. But the Korean giant is set to deploy its FinFET process technology to take on the competition.

The new announcement emerges around a month after Samsung revealed the manufacturing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipsets. Notably, the new Snapdragon model has also been developed through the new 14nm process technology.

The Exynos 7 Octa 7870 SoC will go into mass production in the coming months and will be debuted in some new mid-range Galaxy series smartphones later this year.

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