Through the announcement, Samsung has leapfrogged the unveiling of Snapdragon 820 processor by Qualcomm. In early October, South Korean Times had reported that Samsung may include Snapdragon 820 chips in its Galaxy S7 smartphones that will be sold in United States and China next year. However, the report seems to have missed the progress on Exynos 8 chip which was unveiled today.
The specifications and on-paper performance of Samsung's Exynos 8 are quite similar to those of the upcoming Snapdragon 820. Qualcomm have also started revealing new features of the 820 which lets us compare both chips in terms of specifications and performance. However, Samsung's intent for producing Exynos chips was due to over-heating issues with the existing Snapdragon 810 chips, and it seems unlikely that Samsung will gamble with the 820 as well.
The new 64-bit Exynos 8 Octa is based on Samsung's integrated one-chip solution and holds both processor and modem in one place which improves performance and efficiency and saves much-needed space within the smartphone structure.
Just like the Snapdragon 820, Exynos 8 Octa supports download and upload speeds of 600 Mbps and 150 Mbps respectively. Both chips integrate the latest LTE Category 12 technology to achieve such high speeds.
Exynos 8 Octa also contains Mali™-T880, ARM®’s latest GPU for enabling superior graphics, 3D gaming and VR experiences.
When will I get a phone with the Samsung Exynos 8? Even though Samsung has not mentioned it, we expect Exynos 8 Octa to debut with either Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy Note 5 or both, given that these launches are just a few months away. It is also possible for Samsung to introduce Exynos processors in Galaxy A series phones in the near future.