It comes with an integrated 5G modem
Samsung adds a new Exynos processor to its portfolio with the Exynos 980. The 8nm FinFET-based processor is the Korean brand’s first processor with an integrated 5G modem, skipping the need for a separate modem for 5G support.
The Exynos 980 supports gigabit downlink speeds in 4G/LTE and up to 2.5 Gbps in sub-6 Gigahertz 5G. It can also combine 2CC LTE and 5G connectivity using E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity (EN-DC) for up to 3.55 Gbps download speeds. Like the Exynos 9820 and 9825, the Exynos 980 supports WiFi 6/IEEE 802.11ax.
On the processing side, the Exynos 980 comes with two Cortex-A77 cores and four Cortex-A55 cores, along with a Mali-G76 GPU and a dedicated NPU. It natively supports up to 108-megapixel cameras, along with up to five individual sensors for a better multi-camera experience. Its multi-format codec (MFC) can encode and decode 4K video at up to 120FPS, along with HDR10+ support.
The Exynos 980 is expected to begin mass production by the end of this year.