The Galaxy S8 is expected to make its market debut sometime in April. Rumors suggest some models will pack Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor while others will employ Samsung’s brand new 10nm Exynos 8895 chip. New details on the latter were recently published by SamMobile.
The site cited a slide published on Twitter that suggests Samsung has two iterations of the Exynos 8895 planned, including the 8895M and the 8895V. Exynos 8895M and the Exynos 8895V, Both the chipsets would be made using the South Korean electronics giant’s 10nm FinFET technology. The chipsets would use a combination of four Exynos M2 CPU cores (clocked at 2.5GHz or 2.3GHz depending on the variant) and four Cortex A53 CPU cores (clocked at 1.7GHz).
Samsung is making use of ARM’s latest Mali-G71 GPU. The Exynos 8895M would feature a 20-core GPU, while the Exynos 8895V would feature an 18-core GPU. Both these chip-sets would be compatible with faster UFS 2.1 storage, LP-DDR4x RAM, and a Cat. 16 LTE modem. The upcoming high-end smartphone chip-set from Samsung would also be able to drive 4K content quite easily.
Why so many Galaxy S8 processors?
My guess is that some markets, perhaps for reasons related to the modem, will receive the 8895V while others will get the 8895M. Or maybe Samsung will split the processors between the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Edge, leaving the hair of additional processing power to run the slightly larger display on the latter. In any case, most folks in the U.S. will probably see the Snapdragon 835 version, nullifying any potential worry that you’ll end up with a slightly slower processor than the kid next door.