Samsung Mobile Processor Exynos 8 Octa 8890

Mobile Processor

Exynos 8 Octa (8890)
The superb processor engineered for superlative mobile experiences
The Exynos 8 Octa (8890) is Samsung’s premium application processor built on 14nm FinFET LPP process technology for unmatched performance and power efficiency. The Exynos 8890 features company’s first custom designed CPU based on 64-bit ARMv8 architecture to break through the performance limitation from conventional CPU technology. The Exynos 8890 integrates LTE-advanced modem that supports latest LTE specifications up to Category 12/13 for faster and seamless mobile communication.
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Custom CPU Core

Redesigned brain
to redefine the speed
The Exynos 8890 has eight CPU cores including Samsung custom-designed CPU core based on 64-bit ARMv8 architecture. It provides over 30 percent improvement in performance and 10 percent in power efficiency compared to the Exynos 7 Octa. With Samsung’s own SCI (Samsung Coherent Interconnect) technology, which provides cache-coherency between Samsung’s custom CPU and Cortex-A53 cores, the processor fully utilizes benefits of big.LITTLE processing for offering perfect balance of performance and efficiency.
Illustrative image of Samsung Custom CPU with 10% improved power efficiency and 30% enhanced performance

2nd generation 14nm FinFET process

More power. More play.
Exynos 8890 is built on 2nd generation 14nm FinFET LPP (Low-Power Plus) process for best-in-class performance and efficiency. In FinFET transistor, the gate is placed on multiple sides of each source and drain, controlling the current leakage more effectively. And carriers can move across the many surfaces of fins-shaped 3d structure in transistor resulting in fast speed of computing calculation.
Increasing curve graph describing enhanced Efficiency and Performance Exynos 8 Octa (8890) processor standing diagonally
Samsung’s 14nm process uses FinFET structure, unlike the previous process’ planar structure. In a planar structure, gate is attached to the transistor on only one surface, whereas in a FinFET structure, gate is attached on three sides of the channel allowing more effective control of the current leakage than planar. Also, in planar structure, electrons can only move from source to drain through one surface under the gate, whereas in FinFET structure, electrons can move across three surfaces of the fin-shaped 3D structure. Furthermore, with 14nm process’ shorter gate length, which means shorter distance between the source and the drain, electrons need to move shorter distance enabling transistors to switch on and off quickly. Simply put, if the channel is a road, there are more number of lanes that are shorter in length. With more paths that are shorter in length, more electrons can move faster through the channel resulting in enhanced performance.
Illustrative image of Planar and 3D FinFET

Advanced GPU, MFC and ISP

Sophisticated technologies
to appreciate lifelike content
Exynos 8890 employs ARM®‘s latest GPU, Mali™-T880, for graphic-intensive user interface, 3D gaming and life-like virtual reality experience. With 4K UHD video recording and playback capabilities thanks to the advanced MFC (Multi-Format Codec), and up to 4K UHD (4096x2160) & WQUXGA (3840x2400) display resolution support, users can enjoy life like visual experience. Furthermore, Exynos 8890 with advanced ISP enables smartphone camera to maximize its capabilities for great quality of photo and video.
Image of sports car a racing on a circuit GPU, Video, Camera icons Smartphone in in horizontal mode with sports car coming forward on its display

LTE-Advanced Modem

Fast and reliable connectivity
Exynos 8890 is a LTE-Advanced Category 12/13 modem integrated one-chip solution that supports downlink speed of up to 600Mbps and uplink speed of up to 150Mbps. Exynos 8 Octa supports FDD-TDD joint carrier aggregation for more flexible network usage resulting in reliable connectivity for seamless mobile network experiences.
Infographic describing downlink speeds of 600Mbps and uplink speeds of 150Mbps with 2CA are on top of cropped front view of smartphone


  • CPU
    2.3GHz Quad-Core (Custom Core) +
    1.6GHz Quad-Core (Cortex®-A53)
  • GPU
    Mali™-T880 MP12
  • Process
    14nm FinFET Process
  • Display
    Up to WQUXGA (3840x2400),
    4K UHD (4096x2160)
  • LTE Modem
    LTE Cat.12 3CA (DL) 600Mbps /
    Cat.13 2CA 150Mbps (UL)
  • Video
    4K UHD 60fps encoding and
    decoding with HEVC (H.265),
    H.264, VP9 Codec
  • Memory
  • Camera
    Rear 24MP, Front 13MP,
    Dual Camera 12MP+12MP
  • Storage
    eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.0, SD 3.0
  • * All functionality, features, specifications and other product information provided in this document including, but not limited to, the benefits, components, performance, availability, and capabilities of the product are subject to change without notice or obligation.