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Samsung takes on Apple’s Face ID with its latest Exynos 9810 chip

Exynos 9810

After a brief appearance, Samsung has officially announced its latest Exynos 9810 chip that will power its upcoming flagships, the Galaxy S9/S9+. This will be based on Samsung’s second generation 10nm FinFET process which provides better performance with its 3rd generation custom CPU and has support for even faster gigabit LTE connectivity. The new Exynos chip also boasts advanced 3D facial recognition capabilities with a hint of AI.

While it’s still based on an advanced 10nm process, the Exynos 9810 has a brand new octa-core processor with four new 3rd generation custom cores that clocks at 2.9GHz. Meanwhile, while the remaining four cores are optimised for efficiency. Compared to its predecessor, you can expect double the performance on single-core and 40% better performance for multi-core.

To enhance the user experience, the Exynos 9810 will feature neural network-based deep learning and stronger security features. This would enable the processor to accurately recognise people or objects for faster image searching or categorisation.

What’s interesting is that it’s also used for 3D facial scanning for hybrid face recognition. By using both hardware and software, Samsung says its hybrid face detection enables realistic face-tracking filters as well as stronger security when face unlocking is used. Looks like Samsung is taking on both Huawei’s Kirin 970’s NPU capabilities and Apple’s Face ID feature on their latest chip. To keep your personal data safe, it will store your facial, iris and fingerprint information in a separate security processing unit.

To support demanding UHD video streaming and 360-degree video content, the new Exynos chip will feature the industry’s first Cat.18 LTE modem with 6x carrier aggregation (6CA). This would enable download speeds of 1.2Gbps and uploads of 200Mbps. To deliver a higher data transfer rate, it also supports 4×4 MIMO and 256-QAM.

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With the new Exynos chip, users can expect advanced image and video stabilisation in UHD as well as real-time “out-of-focus photography” in high resolution. On top of that, the multi-format codec (MFC) can support UHD (4K) video recording and playback at an incredible 120fps.

The Exynos 9810 chip is already in mass production and it will be powering Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 alongside a Snapdragon 845 variant. Traditionally, Samsung releases the Exynos version for the Malaysian market so we can expect the Exynos 9810 chip on our Galaxy S9 units.


Alexander Wong