The Exynos 9610 is manufactured on Samsung’s 10nm FinFET process. It has four ARM Cortex-A73 cores clocked at 2.3GHz and four ARM-Cortex A53 cores. The clock speed of the Cortex-A53 cores hasn’t been detailed yet. The SoC features ARM’s second-generation ‘Bifrost’ Mali-G72 GPU, although the GPU core count is currently unknown.
Samsung states that the Exynos 9610 has deep learning-based image processing for better photo-taking experiences. Vision and image processing is now coupled with a neural network engine for “more intelligently enhanced face detection,” as well as single camera out-focusing and augmented low-light images. The face detection feature enables the camera to recognize faces that are either not facing forward or partially covered with objects. It also has “smart depth sensing” to create bokeh with a single camera.
Interestingly, the company also states that the Exynos 9610’s vision and image processing merges multiple frames to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and brightness that can improve photos taken in low light.
The second major feature of the Exynos 9810 is 480FPS slow-motion video recording in Full HD resolution. Despite using a conventional two-stack image sensor, the SoC is able to encode slow-motion video thanks to the 1.6x improved performance of its ISP and “more-than-doubled” speed of its mobile industry processor interface (MIPI). It also uses MFC to enable encoding and decoding up to 4K 120FPS, although it’s highly unlikely that shipping phones will actually have the feature of encoding 4K 120FPS (considering that 4K 120FPS is not enabled on the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S9).
The SoC also has an embedded Cortex-M4F-based low-power sensor hub that enables always-on sensing applications that require instant feedback (such as gesture recognition or context awareness). The hub is said to efficiently manage the sensors in real-time without waking up the main processor.
In terms of connectivity, the Exynos 9610 features Cat.12 3CA (carrier aggregation) at 600Mbps downlink and Cat.13 2CA at 150Mbps uplink. It also has 802.11ac 2.2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and FM radio. The chip has a 4-mode Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS) receiver that includes GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo.