Last year’s premium specs often become this year’s mid-tier features.

That does seem to be the pattern proven by Samsung’s newest Exynos system-on-chip, not for the high-end phones but for those in the middle.

The Exynos 5 series 7872 processor is designed to do more for less.

That is, less cores and less capabilities.

In terms of raw specs, the Exynos 7872 does seem to have the makings of a quality mid-tier processor.

There’s a hexa-core CPU with two performance Cortex-A73 cores, running at 2.0 GHz, and four energy-efficient Cortex-A53 cores at 1.6 GHz.

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