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Samsung introduces the 5nm Exynos 2100 with 10% faster CPU, 40% faster GPU

After a lot of teasing and rumors, Samsung has finally introduced the Exynos 2100 mobile chipset, its latest flagship processor that's expected to be at the heart of the Samsung Galaxy S21 in some markets outside the United States. The Exynos 2100 is a follow-up to the Exynos 990, and it brings along performance and power consumption improvements.

Starting with the CPU, we're looking at an octa-core processor, headlined by an Arm Cortex-X1 core running at 2.9GHz. There are also three Cortex-A78 high-performance cores, and four Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores for things like background tasks. Altogether, the new processor should be up to 10% faster, or up to 20% more power-efficient than its predecessor. The Mali-G78 GPU promises a 40% increase in graphics performance over the previous generation, along with support for things like multi-IP governor to manage the power usage of CPU and GPU to keep things running at top speed for longer.

AI is also a big focus of the new processor, with a new triple-core neural processing unit (NPU) promising up to 26TOPS, while also delivering more than double the power efficiency of its predecessor. There's also good news for camera fans, with a new ISP that supports camera sensors up to 200MP, in addition to being able to connect up to six individual sensors and processing four of them at the same time. This should allow the processor to improve zoom or the quality of wide-angle shots. It can also record 4K video at 120 frames per second.

Of course, as far as network support goes, we get both sub-6 and mmWave 5G, with a top downlink speed of 5.1Gbps for sub-6 and 7.35Gbps for mmWave. It also supports up to 3.0Gbps speeds in 4G thanks to 1024 Quadrature Amplitude Modulation.

Samsung says the Exynos 2100 is now in mass production, and as mentioned above, it should debut inside the Galaxy S21 family in a couple of days.

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