Samsung has just unveiled the newest member of its Exynos family of System-on-Chips (SoCs), the Exynos 8 Octa 8890. Like the Exynos 7 Octa chips from earlier this year and the Snapdragon 820 from Qualcomm, this chip is built on the latest 14nm FinFET process technology. The Exynos 8 Octa 8890 also represents the first time Samsung has custom-designed its own CPU cores based on 64-bit architecture, coupling 4 big custom cores with 4 small ARM Cortex-A53 cores to make up the 8 cores of the chip.
The company claims that the new technology offers a 30 percent improvement in performance compared to the Exynos 7 Octa while still managing to promise 10 percent more power efficiency. The 8 Octa integrates a state-of-the-art LTE modem that enables up to 600 Mbps download speeds and 150 Mbps upload speeds on Cat. 12 and Cat. 13, respectively. The chip also supports display resolutions of up to 4K UHD (4096x2160) and WQUXGA (3840x2400), so you can be sure that the pixel density wars aren't over yet.
The Exynos 8 8890 will begin mass production later this year, so we can probably expect to see it on the next Galaxy S flagship, which will likely be announced sometime in early 2016.