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Galaxy Note 8 benchmarks hint at something interesting

Galaxy Note 8 benchmarks hint at something interesting

In little less than two weeks, we will finally have the full picture of Samsung’s follow-up to the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 from 2016. Truth be told, we almost already have a full picture, though nothing beats official, of course. Just like any other smartphone flagship, we expect the Galaxy Note 8 to come in two processor variants, one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and another with Samsung’s own Exynos 8895. While those variants are usually the same in almost everything else, the difference between the two processors might actually be significant in this regard.

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Galaxy S8+ with Exynos 8895 might be faster than Snapdragon 835

Galaxy S8+ with Exynos 8895 might be faster than Snapdragon 835

Samsung is in a rather “interesting” position as far as silicon production goes. On the one hand, it makes its own Exynos application processor, which is plans to soon push harder to other OEMs. On the other hand, it now fabricates some of Qualcomm’s, specifically the Snapdragon 820, and now, the 835. You might think there’ll be a conflict of interest, especially when you see that, at least on Geekbench, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ running on an Exynos 8895 has a lead over the same phone running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.

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Samsung secretly had an Exynos-powered VR headset at MWC 2017

Samsung secretly had an Exynos-powered VR headset at MWC 2017

Although it already has its Gear VR platform, co-developed with Oculus, Samsung may have more ambitious plans for its virtual reality push. Behind closed doors at MWC 2017, Samsung was reportedly giving select partners a demonstration of prototype VR headsets, ones that don’t need a smartphone or a PC to function. These standalone headsets, instead, carried their own processing power and at the heart of that is Samsung’s brand new Exynos 9 chip.

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Samsung Exynos 9 8895 brings 5CA, vision processing to mobile

Samsung Exynos 9 8895 brings 5CA, vision processing to mobile

New Samsung flagship smartphones are usually preceded by a new Samsung processor. Just because the Galaxy S8 is being delayed doesn’t mean the manufacturer also has to delay its new Exynos. Perhaps months before it lands on any consumer product, Samsung is revealing the Exynos 9 Series, specifically the Exynos 8895 application processor, its first to be built on the latest 10 nm FinFET process. And while the chip in itself is already interesting from a computing standpoint, it also hints at the features that we can expect in the coming Galaxy S8.

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Samsung reveals first 14nm FinFET Exynos chip for wearables

Samsung reveals first 14nm FinFET Exynos chip for wearables

Samsung might be moving even closer to independence from Qualcomm. It already has its own application processor for smartphones and is rumored to soon up the ante with its graphics performance. And now it is also striking at the heart of Qualcomm’s newest market: processors for wearables. The Korean technology giant has just announced the start of mass production of the Exynos 7 Dual 7270, a dual-core processor that’s squarely aimed at the wearable, particularly smartwatch, market, taking on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear.

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Idealens standalone VR headset powered by Samsung Exynos 7420

Idealens standalone VR headset powered by Samsung Exynos 7420

Samsung might not yet be jumping into the standalone VR headset race, preferring to remain on the smartphone-powered route, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its fingers in other cookie jars. A new Chinese company has popped up with its own brand of VR, called the Idealens K2. And deep inside this headset might not be a smartphone but has the beating heart of one. Specifically, the Samsung Exynos 7420, the same chip that powers last year's Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5, which, in turn, were the first to power the Korean company's Gear VR headsets.

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Samsung 14nm LPP process used on Exynos 8 Octa, Snapdragon 820

Samsung 14nm LPP process used on Exynos 8 Octa, Snapdragon 820

Samsung has just revealed more details about its newest top of the line processor, the Exynos 8 Octa. The chip already has the distinction of being the OEM's first integrated one-chip solution. Now Samsung is braging about the manufacturing technology behind the chip. To be specific, the new 14 nanometer FinFET Low Power Plus (LPP) process it uses promises even greater savings in energy without gimping on processing power. Interestingly, Samsung also took the opportunity to publicly confirm that Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 indeed uses this Samsung process.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 release date range and details: everything we know so far

Samsung Galaxy S7 release date range and details: everything we know so far

Over the past week and a half, quite a few Samsung Galaxy S7 details have been begun to fall into place. One of these details suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S7 won't be released alongside just one "Edge", but two. Another bit of anonymously-shared information suggests that the Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will be more lonesome this year - once again finding itself being released on its own while the Galaxy S7 has two release partners instead of just one.

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Galaxy S7 benchmarks may beat iPad Pro with Exynos

Galaxy S7 benchmarks may beat iPad Pro with Exynos

Could it be that next year's Samsung smartphones are already prepared to beat out Apple's highest-performing tablet, the iPad Pro? We're not about to suggest that processing power is in any way indicative of real-world usability. Nor are we going to place all our hopes in an Apples-to-Androids set of comparisons. But just for the sake of sorting out the possibilities - what if? What if the Samsung Galaxy S7 had the processing power to match or beat the iPad Pro?

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Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is its first premium one-chip solution

Samsung Exynos 8 Octa 8890 is its first premium one-chip solution

About two weeks ago, Samsung unveiled its next generation system-on-chip or SoC, the Exynos 8 Octa. Now it is revealing what will be the first member of that new family, the Exynos 8 Octa 8890. This processor brings together all the latest in the silicon industry, including a 14 nm FinFET process as well as combining both application processor and a powerful new cellular LTE modem in a single chip. This new flagship processor is expected to power the Korean OEM's Galaxy S7 smartphone, due to be revealed by February next year.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 spec rumors bring a retro detail back

Samsung Galaxy S7 spec rumors bring a retro detail back

Details of the release of the Samsung Galaxy S7 have been revealed in a series of international registration numbers. Two different sets of Galaxy S7 devices have been revealed, both sets containing next-generation replacements of the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Both the Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 worked with the company's own Exynos processor here in 2015 - the big difference and the addition of extra models next year will be a retro sort of change.

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Samsung Exynos 8 Octa: first integrated chip, first custom cores

Samsung Exynos 8 Octa: first integrated chip, first custom cores

Now we know one of the new things that the Galaxy S7 could be boasting about next year. That is, if you lavish attention to intricate tech details such as these. Samsung has just announced the Exynos 8890, its first chip in the new Exynos 8 Octa series. It also happens to be a first in many things, like its first 14 nm FinFET process chip, it's first integrated CP and modem chip, and its first custom core design chip. Of course, given its flagship status, we expect to see it in Samsung's upcoming flagship as well.

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