Earlier, Unbox covered rumored Samsung Galaxy S8 spec speculations, and of course, the next-gen Exynos 8895 SoC popped into the outline. A couple of leaks have surfaced recently on the Exynos’ graphics processor, the ARM Mali-G71, so let’s add that to the rumor discussion bin.
The Mali-G71 is the successor to the Mali-T880 graphics unit that powers the current Exynos 8890 series. This new GPU utilizes ARM’s new “Bifrost Architecture” which focuses on quality 4K and VR rendering. Leaksters earlier reported rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S8 possibly having a UHD display (3840 x 2160 resolution), lining up with these new speculations.
The G71 is expected to be up to 1.8 faster than the best GPUs inside the current Samsung flagship series, with additional rumors of it beating the GPU in the upcoming Snapdragon 830 chipset.
Here’s GSMArena with more technical jargon on the ARM Mali-G71 series:
The Mali-G71 is compatible with the Vulkan API, OpenGL ES 3.2, GPU Compute, as well as Android RenderScript. Run at 850MHz it provides 27.2Gpix/s, double the throughput of the T880 at the same frequency. The G71 will be built on a 16nm process.
Interesting times ahead for the world of SoC manufacturing. 2017 is definitely going to be a big year for mobile VR applications.
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