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Galaxy S9 processor unveiled, hints at iPhone X-inspired feature

by Justin Herrick | January 4, 2018January 4, 2018 7:00 am EST

We’re probably not too far from seeing the Galaxy S9 announced. Samsung is expected to bring its latest flagship to MWC 2018 in late February rather than hosting a standalone launch event in the weeks following the trade show. Adding fuel to the fire now is the announcement of details regarding the phone’s processor. So it does seem like the phone will debut by the end of next month and not as the seasons change.

The Exynos 9 Series 9810, better known as the Exynos 9810, was made official two months ago without any details. With the 2018 flagship on the horizon, Samsung is finally telling the world what its new high-end processor can do.

There’s plenty of industry jargon that goes into press releases pertaining to processors, so we’ll keep this as simple and straightforward as possible for you. The Exynos 9810 is built on a second-generation 10-nanometer processor. Basically that means the component is smaller, faster, and smarter than previous models. It also has a gigabit-ready LTE modem and enhanced image processing that plays nice with artificial intelligence.

Inside the Exynos 9810 are eight cores, four clocked at 2.9GHz for power and another four optimized to be efficient. Samsung points out that, due to “an architecture that widens the pipeline and improves cache memory,” the processor’s multi-core performance is improved by around 40 percent.

Here’s an interesting snippet from Samsung’s press release:

“This cutting-edge technology allows the processor to accurately recognize people or items in photos for fast image searching or categorization, or through depth sensing, scan a user’s face in 3D for hybrid face detection.”

Quite clearly, that tells us the Galaxy S9 will ship with iPhone X-like facial recognition. Samsung’s been using an iris scanner on its flagships dating back to the Galaxy Note 7 in 2016; however, it’s not nearly as reliable as Apple’s TrueDepth technology. The Exynos 9810, though, unlocks the ability to have an individual’s entire face analyzed for authentication.

Samsung says the processor is already in mass production, and it’ll be showcased in Las Vegas at CES 2018 this month for the world to see (but not use).


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...