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Samsung's Galaxy A55 Processor is a Speed Demon in Test

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Samsung started refreshing its budget smartphone lineup with the launch of the Galaxy A15 5G and Galaxy A25 last week. Apaet from these, the South Koreans are also expected to introduce the mid-range Galaxy A55 in early 2024. The device has been widely leaked recently, but now a new listing about its processor has been uncovered, hinting at a promising performance boost. 

It's already known that the Galaxy A55 is equipped with Samsung's in-house Exynos 1480 chipset, which is a successor to the Exynos 1380 that powers the Galaxy A54 (review) and Galaxy Tab S9 FE+ our colleague reviewed. The chip will include an octa-core processor with a revised architecture consisting of a 4+4 CPU layout. An earlier benchmark listing revealed a minor change in performance, but the latest result tells otherwise.

Based on the latest Geekbench listing (via X), it strongly suggested the Exynos 1480 would gain a slight uptick in the single core category scoring 1,180 points. Meanwhile, it's the multi-core section that the new processor shone, bringing a significant upgrade with 3,536 points.

As a reference, the Galaxy A54 scored 1,022 and 2,889 points, respectively. Hence, the Exynos 1480 is around 13 percent to 18 percent faster compared to the Exynos 1380 SoC. What's not known, however, is how efficient the new chipset will be or if it will bring battery life improvements after all.

Geekbench benchmark scores comparison of Exynos 1480 vs. Exynos 1380 SoC

Thread Galaxy A55 Galaxy A54
Single-core 1,180 1,022
Multicore 3,536 2,889

Apart from the processor, the Galaxy A55 is going to take advantage of a new Xclipse 530 graphics unit that is based on AMD's RDNA2 design similar to GPUs used in the flagship chipset counterparts of Samsung. Unfortunately, it has not been confirmed how gaming performance will be.

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Samsung's Galaxy A55 gets a new speaker grill cut out and bulging section for the buttons. / © OnLeaks

Renders of the Samsung Galaxy A55 have also leaked. The mid-range Android phone shares a flat frame with the Galaxy A25 along with a new Key Island design around the buttons. In addition, it sports a 5,000 mAh battery with a middling 25 watts charging speed.

The camera department may still be headlined by a 50 MP primary sensor and complemented by a 12 MP ultra-wide snapper. We doubt if the disappointing current macro sensor will be replaced by a telephoto lens this time.

Lastly, the Galaxy A55 should be powered by One UI 6 or the newer One UI 6.1 skin that is based on Android 14.  There's no word on the pricing of the device, but it should be a viable alternative to Google's Pixel 7a (review) and upcoming Pixel 8a.

What are your thoughts on the rating of Samsung's custom Exynos 1480 chip? Do you think it is a proper successor? We're eager to hear your answers on this.

Source: X/TechReve

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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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