Exynos 990 follows the release of the 980 in September – Samsung's first processor and 5G modem in one – and last year's Exynos 9820/9825. It maintains a refresh rate of 120Hz on the phone screens, which means smoother games and scrolling. It can handle up to six cameras (though only three at a time) and has enough interiors to handle Samsung's 1
The company also introduced its Exynos Modem 5123, which runs in parallel with the 990 to provide 5G connectivity to phones, boosting the top speed to 8.36 gigabits per second – a notable improvement on the 3Gbps offered in its previous modem.
Finally, Samsung announced that it is launching mass production of the industry's first 12GB dual-speed dual-speed 4X UFS-based multichip package (uMCP). Up to now, high-end phones have carried 12GB of RAM via high-capacity chips – six 16Gb RAM chips for one 12GB chip. The new uMCP means that only four 24Gb RAM chips are required to make the same 12GB chip. What does this mean? Increased AI potential and more space for more battery, for starters, plus cost efficiency, which will mean we will start to see mid-range phones receive more RAM next year.