Samsung has announced the next generation of its Exynos processor, which is likely to power the 2018 line-up of flagship smartphones such as the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note 9. It is called Exynos 9810 and is claimed to be as much as 40% faster than its predecessor, Exynos 8895. The Exynos 8895 processor was used in last year’s Galaxy S8 and Note 8 smartphones. The new chipset will be showcased at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show 2018 (CES 2018) in Las Vegas from 9-12 January.

Exynos 9810 works on the same principle as its predecessors. It has four performance cores for heavy tasks and four efficiency cores for lighter tasks.

What makes it better than the predecessor is the fact that the performance cores offer a maximum clock speed of 2.9GHz, which means next-generation smartphones will process games and heavy tasks a lot faster. The performance cores on the predecessor could muster clock speed of up to 2.3GHz, in comparison. Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset also has eight cores and the performance cores can deliver a clock speed of 2.8GHz.

Higher clock speed has its downsides though. It can lead to overheating if the smartphone is too slim and doesn’t have a proper cooling mechanism.

Unlike Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, which integrates Adreno 630 graphics, Samsung 9810 includes ARM’s latest Mali-G72 graphics. Samsung claims the new graphics are 20% more powerful than the Mali G71 graphics used with Exynos 8895. There are no benchmark tests available between Mali G72 and Adreno 630, yet.

Exynos 9810 will be the first Samsung chipset to support AI-based depth sensing feature and hybrid face detection, which means the next generation of Samsung flagships will utilise both hardware and software to scan a face. This will allow 3D mapping of faces and improve the accuracy of face recognition, resulting in a more secure face unlocking system. One of the limitations of the face recognition system in Galaxy S8 and Note 8 smartphones was the absence of 3D mapping which reportedly made it easier for anyone to unlock them with a photo of the owner.

The other advantage of the Exynos 9810 chipset is the 1.2 Gbps LTE modem embedded on it. It supports 1.2Gbps download speed and 200Mbps upload speed and is at par with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845’s X20 LTE modem, which offers download speed of 1.2Gbps as well. It also includes dual ISPs (Image signal processor) which includes a high-performance ISP for faster image capturing in high-resolution shots and a power-efficient ISP for low-resolution shots.

The Exynos 9810 is likely to power all Samsung flagships in India, while its US variants are likely to run on Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset.