The chipmakers are already making their move to disclose 4 nm-based chips late this year. Fabless chipset maker, MediaTek is gearing up to reveal a true flagship chipset featuring this architecture using the TSMC process. Qualcomm and Samsung, on the other hand, will use the Korean firm’s fabrication process. While the flagship chipsets will focus on the 4 nm architecture, we may see the mid-range segment focusing on the 7 nm, 6 nm, and 5 nm chipset. As per a new report, Samsung is gearing up to reveal an entry-level chipset made on the cutting-edge 5 nm architecture.
The MediaTek Exynos 1080 was Samsung’s first 5 nm chipset, and also one of the first chipsets featuring this architecture. The chipset was a mid-range offering that sits below the Exynos 2100. Furthermore, it was used in a few smartphones so far, as the Chinese Vivo X60 series and also in the Chinese Vivo X70 Pro. The chipset may appear in more Samsung smartphones next year, and according to the reputed tipster, the company is also preparing a new chipset.
As per the reliable Ice Universe, Samsung is working on a new 5 nm chip that will be lower end than the Exynos 1080. It will target entry-level smartphones. Curiously, the company will pick a confusing name for this chipset – Exynos 1280. One can think that it’s beyond the Exynos 1080 but will be below. Unfortunately, there is still no information regarding the CPU and the GPU composition.
Exynos 1280 possible configuration
The Exynos 1080, has four ARM Cortex-A78 cores, four ARM Cortex-A55, and a Mali G78 MP10 GPU. We can expect the newer chip to use lower cores in the big cluster like ARM Cortex-A77 or even ARM Cortex-A76 cores. The power-efficient cluster should stick with the usual ARM Cortex-A55 combo. The GPU will also take a hit and will probably have fewer cores.
Worth noting that Samsung’s possible Exynos 1280 might be the first entry-level 5 nm chipset. We already have mid-range offerings like the Exynos 1080 and Snapdragon 780G, though the latter has disappeared from the market due to the chipset crisis. So far, no companies have unveiled a 5 nm focusing in the low-end segment. This can open a new precedent for this particular category.
The tipster further states that the release of this chip will happen pretty soon on November 10. Perhaps, more of the company’s smartphones will use it by the next year. We don’t have big aspirations for big parties, but Vivo may release new phones with it.
The leakster already confirmed three Samsung Exynos chipsets for this year. One of them is the Exynos 2200 with AMD GPU, the second probably is the Exynos 1280 for the low-end segment. The third probably is the Exynos 1080 SoC successor for the mid-range market, perhaps Exynos 2160.