Arm unveiled Cortex A55 cores about a year ago, and while we have seen the new cores combined with Cortex 75-class cores in premium smartphone processors such as Exynos 9810 SoC, I had yet to see a standalone Cortex A55 processor that should deliver a performance boost compared to A53, while keeping the costs in check, and providing good power efficiency.
Spreadtrum has filled this void with their SC9863 processor equipped with eight Cortex A55 cores clocked a 1.6 GHz, and designed for LTE smartphones.
Performance is said to be improved by 20% compared with their Arm Cortex-A53 processor, and the SoC also embeds an AI processing unit that increases AI tasks performance by 6 times, and allows for real-time intelligent context detection and recognition, AR photography, and face recognition.
Spreadtrum SC9863 also features a dual ISP capable of handle dual cameras of up to 16 MP, supports 1080p HD video playback as well as FHD+ (1080*2160) screen displays.
The processor also comes with connectivity features via a five-mode full-band LTE Cat 7 modem supporting carrier aggregation and TDD/FDD hybrid networking, as well as dual-card dual-VoLTE and VoWiFi.
That’s about all we know since the product page is not up just yet, and all information was taken out from the press release.