Samsung hasn’t confirmed what its next flagship mobile processor is going to be called but if it sticks with the current naming convention then it may be called the Exynos 9820. The chip will debut with the Galaxy S10 early next year and would also be used for the Galaxy Note 10. A report suggests that the processor may have a dedicated processing unit for artificial intelligence.

The LinkedIn profile of one of Samsung’s former employees mentions work on the second generation NPU design fro the company. The specifics of this chip are unclear at this point in time but this now forms an expectation that the Exynos 9820 is going to feature a neural processing unit for AI and machine learning applications.

Huawei’s Kirin 980 flagship processor also has a neural processing unit. This will be the norm going forward for flagship mobile chips so it won’t be surprising to see the second generation NPU on Samsung’s next chip.

The Qualcomm equivalent of the Exynos 9820 is also expected to feature an NPU. Samsung didn’t use its first generation NPU in the Exynos 9810, the Galaxy S9 and Note 9’s processor, but it may very well do that for the Galaxy S10 which is due early next year.

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