It looks like the next Samsung processor may have been leaked on Indian import/export web tracker Zauba.
Although the leak may reveal only the name of the processor, it may be the chip that Samsung will use on its Galaxy S8 smartphone. The never-before-seen Exynos chip was revealed in a report on Phone Arena.
Test boards imported into India
Samsung produces a range of system-on-a-chip devices under the Exynos name, and they are used to power a variety of the Korean company’s high-end devices. The Zauba entry reveals that Samsung has imported two test boards, with each one fitted with an Exynos 8895.
There has been no official mention of an Exynos 8895 chip before. The current top-of-the-range chip is known as the Exynos 8890, which runs on the Exynos M1 ‘Mongoose’ CPU and a Mali-T880 MP12 GPU. As it stands it is only found on the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge.
According to a number of rumors, the upcoming Galaxy Note 7 will sport an Exynos 8893 chip in selected markets. The phone is set to launch next week, but its chipset has not been confirmed.
Boosted chipset or new design for Galaxy S8
One possible scenario is that the Exynos 8895 is a faster version of the Exynos 8890. A similar tactic has also been used by chipmaker Qualcomm, which released a Snapdragon 821 chip that is 10% faster than predecessor the Snapdragon 820.
Should the Exynos 8895 not be included on the Galaxy Note 7 we could well see it on the Samsung Galaxy S8, which is the next flagship launch from the company. It is thought that the handset could launch around February-April 2017, with many commentators predicting that it will make its first appearance at Mobile World Congress. The event will take place from February 27 to March 2 in Barcelona.
Another possibility is that the Galaxy S8 will ship with a more upgraded chip, rather than a slightly boosted version of the existing Exynos 8890. As it stands information about the new chip is incredibly thin on the ground, so this information should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Rumors swirl over next generation Samsung smartphone
According to the latest murmurings, Samsung will concentrate on virtual reality capabilities in the Galaxy S8. The smartphone is codenamed Project Dream at Samsung, and the name may be a reference to Google’s Daydream virtual reality standard.
There are also indications that the Galaxy S8 will feature a 3,840 x 2,160 display, while Samsung also revealed a 4K 5.5-inch display in May. That may have been only a prototype, but the move seems to suggest that Samsung is working on boosting its display capabilities.
Another rumor is that Samsung is developing Bio Blue technology, which would decrease the amount of blue light emitted by AMOLED screens. It is also believed that Samsung will include a dual-camera setup on the Galaxy S8, to be produced by the company’s SEMCO unit.
There is a chance that the Galaxy S8 could include Gorilla Glass 5 after Corning announced that the product had entered production last week. The glass is said to be able to survive a 5.25 feet drop at least 80% of the time.
With the battle for dominance in the high-end smartphone market continuing to be a tight-run race, Samsung is evidently driven to introduce new technology to its flagship devices. It looks as though the Galaxy S8 will feature a number of innovations designed to beat out competition from Apple.