Samsung’s Exynos 9810 reveal is the Galaxy S9 vs iPhone X undercard – here’s why

Samsung has taken the wraps off its new-gen Exynos 9810 processor, which likely power variants of the rumoured Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus – and it certainly sounds like it’s going to give Qualcomm’s all-new Snapdragon 845 chipset a run for its money.

Built using Samsung’s second-generation 10-nanometer FinFET fabrication process, the Exynos 9810 features an octa-core setup – four high-performance and four low-energy cores – as well as a standalone security management unit that’s complete with an enhanced face-tracking engine for improved face recognition.

In layman’s terms, this means the Exynos 9810 will arm the Galaxy S9 – and Galaxy S9 Plus – with a couple of the iPhone X‘s most-loved features, including Animoji and Face ID. It could also put it on par with Apple’s flagship in the power department, thanks to the chip’s power conservation technology.

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Moreover, the Exynos 9810 is equipped with the industry’s first Cat. 18 LTE modem for faster data transmission (up to 1.2Gbps); a dedicated imaging processing unit capable of shooting 4K Ultra HD video at an eye-watering 120fps; and last, but not least, deep learning-based (AI) software.

Whichever way you slice it, the Exynos 9810 looks like a significant step up from last year’s Exynos 8895, though obviously we’ll have to wait until we get our hands on the S9 later in the year to see how it holds up in the real world.

Processor aside, the Galaxy S9 is expected to ship with a 5.8-inch Infinity Display, at least 6GB of RAM and AKG-tuned stereo speakers, while the Galaxy S9 Plus should pack near-identical internals, though it’ll reportedly benefit from a slightly larger 6.2-inch screen, a dual-camera (12MP + 12MP) and a beefier battery.

Another reason to consider upgrading to the Galaxy S9 from the Galaxy S8 – or waiting for the S9, if you’re on an older Samsung phone – is that the rear fingerprint sensor is likely to be repositioned to just below the camera sensor. The S8 excelled nearly across the board last year, but many were irked by the annoying placement of said sensor next to the device’s primary snapper.

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This is a ridiculously good deal with a super-low TCO. The TCO is less than the SIM-free price of an S9, making this contract deal insane value. Right now, exclusive deal also gets you a £25 gift card for either Amazon, Currys PC World or M&S to make it unmissable.

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Are you excited about the upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus? Do you think the Exynos 9810 will give it the push it needs to compete with the iPhone X on the open market? Be sure to let us know over on Facebook or Twitter @TrustedReviews.