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This is Samsung’s beastly new Exynos processor for smartphones and tablets

Published Jul 11th, 2014 12:56PM EDT
Samsung Exynos ModAP Processor

Samsung on Thursday unveiled a next-gen mobile system-on-chip (SoC) – as previously teased – that could equip future generations of Galaxy Android smartphones and tablets. Called Exynos ModAP, the new SoC integrates a quad-core application processor, an integrated LTE modem and an advanced image signal processor.

Interestingly, the Exynos ModAP chip lacks some of the buzzwords you may have expected, such as “64-bit” and “octa-core,” and it’s not clear what devices will be the first to use it. Recent reports speculated that Samsung’s Exynos chip announcement will be made in time for the Galaxy Note 4’s launch, with this year’s top Samsung phablet expected to pack a next-gen Exynos SoC.

Built on a 28nm HKMG process, the Exynos ModAP is said to be faster and more battery-friendly than predecessors. The LTE modem will offer support for a variety of networks, including LTE Release 9 and Cat 4 with duplex mode, FDD, TDD, 3G and 2G.

The advanced internal image signal processor is supposed to offer an even better camera experience, supporting “the full quality of cameras with high-resolution video recording and playback for a distinguished user experience.”

A new Exynos RF companion chip is also present. “As well as providing seamless connection with enhanced data transfer speeds, the Exynos RF will support our Exynos ModAP with the best-optimized interface,” the company says.

Finally, the Exynos ModAP SoC also comes with high memory bandwidth, to support graphically intensive apps.

However, Samsung is yet to demo the advertised capabilities of the Exynos ModAP SoC.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.