Qualcomm unveiled its next-gen Snapdragon 820 processor earlier this week, and Samsung didn’t waste any time returning fire. The South Korean company recently announced its new Exynos 8890 chip, which is rumored to power some versions of the upcoming Galaxy S7.
The Exynos 8890 is Samsung’s first premium processor with a custom core and integrated LTE, leaving more space in a device for other components. It’s also the company’s second chip to use its 14mm FinFET process, and offers a 64-bit octa-core design.
“The Exynos 8 Octa is a leading-edge application processor for next-generation mobile devices that incorporates Samsung’s mobile technology leadership in CPU, ISP, and modem as well as process technology,” said Samsung marketing exec Dr. Kyushik Hong. “With our custom designed CPU core and the industry’s most advanced LTE modem, consumers using mobile devices with the Exynos 8 Octa will experience a new level of mobile computing.”
Samsung says it plans to start mass producing the Exynos 8890 later this year, which should leave plenty of time to get the new chip into the Galaxy S7 when it launches in early 2016. Rumor has it the new Exynos chip will only be included in Korean and European versions of the device, while America and China may get a Snapdragon 820-powered version instead.