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Samsung's Exynos 880 delivers 5G speeds to mid-range phones

Steve Dent
Associate Editor
Samsung Exynos 880 processor

Samsung has unveiled the Exynos 880 processor aimed at mid-range phones that has much of the power of the Exynos 980 announced last year. Built using Samsung’s 8-nanometer FinFET process, it has an identical integrated 5G modem with support for up to 2.55Gbps download speeds and 1.28Gbps uploads. It also packs tech that can fuse 5G and 4G networks to deliver download speeds of up to 3.55 Gbps.

The Exynos 880 sports two ARM Cortex A76 cores running at 2GHz and six ARM Cortex A55 cores running at 1.8GHz. The ARM Mali-G76 MP5 GPU, which supports Full HD+ displays and high refresh rates for games (along with AI skills), is also identical to what you’ll find on the Exynos 980. It also supports LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 storage.

The main difference appears to be in camera support. Where the Exynos 980 can support up to a 108-megapixel main camera, the Exynos 880 is “limited” to 64-megapixel main cameras or dual 20-megapixel setups. 4K video recording is supported at up to 30 fps with H.265, H.264 and VP9 codecs.

We can already get a good sense of what type of smartphone this is designed for. Vivo just unveiled its Exynos 880-powered Y70s in Asia, with a 48-megapixel primary camera, 8-megapixel ultrawide-angle camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Vivo is also boasting 5G connectivity, of course, along with excellent gaming performance. Most interestingly, the Y70s shows us the potential price-point for phones powered by this tech: It starts at CNY 1,998, or about $280.