Yesterday, the Meizu M6s made its debut in China, which is powered by Samsung’s new Exynos 7872 chipset. And now, just hours after the launch, Samsung has officially launched the chipset as well. The SoC is a part of the mid-range Exynos 5-series, but packs some more upscale features.
Built on a 14nm process, the Exynos 7872 features a hexa-core CPU with two clusters – two Cortex-A73 power cores clocked at 2.0GHz, and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.6Ghz. It is paired with a Mali-G71 GPU, and an LTE Cat.7 modem with 300Mbps download and 150Mbps upload speeds. Samsung claims on its blog that the single core performance has been increased by two folds as compared to its predecessor.
Supported memory types on the chip are LPDDR3 for RAM, eMMC 5.1 for built-in storage and the SD 3.0 standard for expandable memory (i.e. UHS-I microSD cards). Note the lack of UFS.
With the Exynos 7872, Samsung says that it wants to bring the mid-range smartphones closer to the premium end of the Android smartphone spectrum. The chipset does not come with any special provisions for a dual-camera setup, however, it does come with support for 21.7-megapixel front and rear cameras. The Exynos 7872 also features an improved Image Signal Processor (ISP) and Multi-Format Codec. ISP enables smartphones to feature an iris camera sensor up to 8MP. It also embeds a hardware block for Smart WDR (Wide Dynamic Range) that generates a WDR image with just a single shot, Samsung says.
Again, the chipset does not have 2160p video capturing capability, but smartphones powered by Exynos 5 will be capable of full HD 120fps encoding and decoding. Meanwhile, the maximum screen resolution is 1920×1200 pixels.
With the Exynos 7872, smartphones will be able to support connectivity options like Wi-Fi 802.11n dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0, CDMA, GSM, TD-SCDMA, WCDMA, LTE-FDD, and LTE-TDD. Meanwhile, sensors include GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo.