Samsung has begun rolling out the long-awaited Exynos 7 Series 9610 microprocessor to customers around the globe.
The processor taps into the electronic giant's 10-nanometre (nm) FinFET process, which it claims "elevates the multimedia experience in high-end smartphones".
The CPUs are intended for high-end mobile applications, including deep-learning image processing and 480 frames per second slow motion video recording.
The Exynos 9610 processor consists of four ARM cortex-A73 cores that run at 2.3GHz, as well as an additional four 1.6GHz cortex-A53 cores to help smartphones run apps and multiple tasks quicker.
As well as a high-speed CPU, the chip also comes along with a second-generation ARM Bifrost-based Mali-G72 GPU. Samsung said it enables "more realistic and immersive graphics on mobile devices".
In particular, the Exynos 9610 focuses on multimedia performance. According to Samsung, it provides smartphone users with "more enriched photo-taking and filming experiences".
It combines vision and image processing techniques with a neural network engine, which underpin face detection applications. This concoction of technology bodes for "camera out-focusing and augmented low-light images".
The company explained that the facial recognition system can pick up "aces that are either not facing forward or partially covered with objects like hair or a hat".
There is also smart-depth sensing, which means that "out-of-focus portraits can be taken with a single camera". Meanwhile, vision and imaging processing techniques accelerate signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and brightness.
Samsung claimed that even when mobile devices use a traditional two-stack image sensor, its new processor can encode slow-motion video by using image-signal technology. The processor can support always-on sensing applications as well. These include features such as gesture recognition and context awareness.
As for wireless, the CPU sports an embedded all-network LTE modem that enables 12 3 carrier aggregation at 600 megabits per second downlink and cat.13 2CA at 150Mbps uplink.
It includes wireless technologies such as high-throughput 802.11ac 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi, faster Bluetooth 5.0 and FM.
Ben Hur, vice president of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics, said: "The Exynos 7 Series 9610 is our latest mobile processor that delivers on added power and speed.
"But more importantly, it sets a new performance standard for high-end devices with its deep learning vision-image processing solution and slow motion video capabilities that change the way we engage with our mobile devices."
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