Why the Exynos 992 is unlikely to get ARM’s new Cortex-A78 or Cortex-X1 cores

A few sites have been reporting that Samsung’s new Exynos 992 chipset that could feature in the Galaxy Note 20 line will incorporate ARM’s new Cortex-A78 cores and in-house custom team Cortex-X1 cores. However, given both the minor name change and the Samsung’s previous mid-year chip upgrade track record, it is likely to be nothing more than a die-shrink of the existing Exynos 990.

Samsung has been copping a fair bit of flak for its semi-custom Exynos 990 which is probably why some sites seem to think that it will jump straight to the recently announced ARM Cortex-A78 and Cortex-X1 cores for the forthcoming Exynos 992. However, when ARM announces its next-generation cores each May, as it typically does, the chips featuring the latest ARM designs don’t usually arrive in shipping devices until the following year.

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