Samsung unveils Exynos 1480: A new mid-range processor

Samsung’s recent launch of the Galaxy A55 5G has brought to light the company’s newest mid-range processor, the Exynos 1480. This chipset promises significant advancements in efficiency, graphics processing, and overall performance compared to its predecessor, the Exynos 1380.

Samsung Unveils Exynos 1480: A Mid-Range Processor with Efficiency and Graphics at the Forefront

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Efficiency Gains and Refined CPU Architecture

The Exynos 1480 is built on a 4nm manufacturing process, a refinement from the 5nm design of the Exynos 1380. This shift translates to a claimed 22% improvement in efficiency, potentially leading to extended battery life for users. While the CPU core configuration remains the same (four Cortex-A78 cores and four Cortex-A55 cores), Samsung has increased the peak clock speed from 2.4GHz to 2.75GHz. This tweak, along with other optimizations, results in Samsung’s estimates of 13% faster app launch times and 18% enhanced multi-core performance.

The Star of the Show: A Powerful New GPU

The most significant upgrade in the Exynos 1480 lies in its graphics processing unit (GPU). This year marks the debut of an AMD GPU, the Xclipse 530, in a Samsung mid-range processor. This chip boasts the latest mobile RDNA graphics technology, speculated to be RDNA 3. While features like hardware-based ray tracing are absent, the Xclipse 530 offers capabilities like variable rate shading and super-resolution support. More importantly, Samsung claims a substantial 53% improvement in graphical performance compared to the Exynos 1380’s Mali-G68 MP5 GPU. This translates to a potentially smoother and more visually impressive gaming experience on mid-range devices powered by the Exynos 1480.

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AI Enhancements and Connectivity Upgrades

Artificial intelligence (AI) processing receives a boost as well. The Exynos 1480 features an improved Neural Processing Unit (NPU) and a more robust overall AI engine. Samsung touts a significant four-fold improvement in AI performance over the previous generation chip. While specific details regarding compatibility with Google’s Gemini Nano AI model (used for tasks like summarizing articles) remain unclear, the enhanced AI capabilities bode well for future applications.

In terms of connectivity, the Exynos 1480 offers several noteworthy upgrades. It brings support for the faster Wi-Fi 6E standard, a more advanced cellular modem, and the latest Bluetooth 5.3 version. Additionally, the chipset supports a 144Hz refresh rate at Full HD+ resolution, potentially leading to smoother visuals on compatible displays.

Market Availability and Looking Ahead

Currently, the Exynos 1480 is exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy A55 5G, which is not available in the United States. Similarly, there is no official word on the availability of other smartphones equipped with this processor in the US market. Despite this regional limitation, the Exynos 1480 emerges as a compelling mid-tier processor, offering a compelling balance between efficiency, graphics performance, and connectivity features. However, it faces stiff competition from Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 3, making the mid-range processor landscape an interesting battleground to watch in the coming months.

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