The next-generation 5G ready smartphones are coming thick and fast. As per a report by Strategy Analytics, Samsung Mobiles is currently leads in terms of 5G phone market share, and to further consolidate its position, Samsung has announced Exynos 880 chipset with an integrated 5G modem in the lower mid-range segment. This is the third 5G-integrated chipset from Samsung following the Exynos 980 and Exynos 990 chipsets.

The new 5G chipset from Samsung is based on 8nm fabrication process and aims to offer fifth-generation connectivity at an affordable price. The Exynos 880 supports 5G (SA/NSA) with a maximum downlink and uplink of 2.55Gbps and 1.28Gbps respectively. There’s also support for E-UTRA-NR Dual Connectivity which uses both 5G and 4G together to deliver up to 3.55Gbps downlink and 1.38Gbps uplink speeds. Samsung claims it can also provide up to 1Gbps downlink on the LTE network.

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The Exynos 880 is similar to the Exynos 980. It also has the CPU layout of two Cortex-A77 performance cores and six Cortex-A55 power-efficient cores. It also includes Mali-G76 MP5 GPU and an integrated NPU for machine learning.

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As for the photography, the Exynos 880 chip can handle up to 64MP single camera or dual 20MP cameras. The Chipset also supports 4K video recording at 30fps with HEVC(H.265), H.264, VP9 encoding and decoding.

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The mid-range 5G chipset from Samsung can handle displays up to FHD+ resolution and is compatible with LPDDR4x RAM and both UFS 2.1 & eMMC 5.1 storages. It also supports Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 5 (802.11ac), FM Radio, and GNSS ( GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo).

Comparison Exynos 880 Exynos 980
Process 8nm FinFET Process 8nm FinFET Process
CPU 2x Cortex-A77 @ 2GHz
6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
2x Cortex-A77 @ 2.2GHz
6x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz
Memory LPDDR4x, UFS 2.1, eMMC 5.1 Memory LPDDR4x, UFS 2.1, eMMC 5.1 Memory
Camera Single-camera up to 64MP, Dual-camera 20MP+20MP Single-camera up to 108MP, Dual-camera 20MP+20MP
Display Full HD+ (2520×1080) WQHD+ (3360×1440)
Video Decode / Video Encode4K UHD 30fps encoding and decoding with HEVC(H.265), H.264, VP94K UHD 120fps encoding and decoding with HEVC(H.265), H.264, VP9
Graphics Mali-G76 MP5 Mali-G76 MP5
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac), FM Radio, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), FM Radio, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Modem 5G NR Sub-6GHz 2.55Gbps (DL) / 1.28Gbps (UL),
EN-DC 3.55Gbps (DL) / 1.38Gbps (UL), LTE Cat.16 5CA 1Gbps (DL) / Cat.18 2CA 200Mbps (UL)
5G NR Sub-6GHz 2.55Gbps (DL) / 1.28Gbps (UL),
EN-DC 3.55Gbps (DL) / 1.38Gbps (UL), LTE Cat.16 5CA 1Gbps (DL) / Cat.18 2CA 200Mbps (UL)

Phones with Exynos 880 5G Chipset

Shortly after the announcement of Exynos 880, Vivo Y70s was announced in China which becomes the first phone with this new mobile platform. Samsung is expected to release Exynos Exynos 880-based phones in its Galaxy A-series in the near future.

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