Samsung takes on Apple iPhone X, teases facial recognition for Galaxy S9 and AI features for Exynos 9810 SoC

The Exynos 9810 SoC will be powering Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones.

  • Published: January 4, 2018 6:48 PM IST
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After a rocking year with the success of Galaxy S8-duo and Galaxy Note 8 among other smartphones, Samsung is all geared up to introduce the Galaxy S9-duo soon. Rumors hint that the new smartphones will be unveiled at MWC 2018 in February, and will go on sale sometime in early March. Now, Samsung has announced that the Exynos 9810 SoC that will be powering the new smartphones is currently in mass production. The South Korean giant has also shed light on the specifications and features of the new SoC.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the buzzword of today, and chipmakers are incorporating AI capabilities in their chipsets. Intel has done that with its Loihi chip, Huawei’s Kirin SoCs boasts AI-features, Qualcomm too uses Machine Learning (ML) and deep learning. Samsung doesn’t want to be left far behind, and this is evident from the latest Exynos 9810 SoC.

“The Exynos 9 Series 9810 is our most innovative mobile processor yet, with our third-generation custom CPU, ultra-fast gigabit LTE modem and, deep learning-enhanced image processing. The Exynos 9810 will be a key catalyst for innovation in smart platforms such as smartphones, personal computing and automotive for the coming AI era,” Ben Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics said in a blog post.

Samsung Exynos 9810 SoC specifications

Fabricated on Samsung’s second-generation 10nm FinFET process, the Exynos 9810 chipset features third-generation CPU and faster gigabit LTE modem, along with sophisticated image processing with deep learning-based software. Dedicated image processing supports video recording and playback up to UHD resolution at 120 frames per second (fps).

The chipset features an octa-core CPU, which is most likely based on four Cotex-A75 power cores paired with four Cortex-A55 cores for efficiency. With maximum clock speed of 2.9GHz, Samsung says that the Exynos 9810 SoC offers two times faster single-core performance, and 40 percent increase in multi-core performance.

On the connectivity front the SoC comes with Cat.18 LTE modem with support for 6x carrier aggregation (CA), which can offer maximum download speed of up to 1.2Gbps, and upload speeds up to 200 megabits per second (Mbps).

Apple iPhone X-like Face ID on Galaxy S9

While smartphone manufacturers are trying to implement under-display fingerprint sensor, Apple completely got rid of it, and replaced it with Face ID, a 3D facial recognition feature. Other OEMs such as OnePlus, Oppo and Vivo also introduced the feature, but is just a software based implementation. Now, Samsung has dropped the biggest hint that the Galaxy S9-duo are likely to feature Apple iPhone X-like Face ID feature.

On its blog, Samsung mentioned that AI implementation on the Exynos 9810 SoC can recognize people or items in a photo, or thorough depth sensing by scanning user’s face in 3D for hybrid face detection. It can do this “by utilizing both hardware and software,” thus enabling “hybrid face detection for realistic face-tracking filters as well as stronger security when unlocking a device with one’s face.” And to keep your biometric data such as facial, iris and fingerprint secure, the SoC also has a separate security processing unit to safeguard.

The Exynos 9810 powered Galaxy S9 duo are likely to be sold in India and other Asian markets, whereas devices in the US are likely to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.

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  • Published Date: January 4, 2018 6:48 PM IST