Exynos is again. Not less than, that’s the official Samsung line, as the corporate tries to hype up the launch of its new Exynos 2100 chipset, anticipated to seem within the new Galaxy S21 telephones once they launch on Thursday.
Samsung gave the brand new chipset its personal devoted launch occasion at the moment, a transfer seemingly designed to immediately tackle followers that even Samsung itself admits have been upset by the corporate’s latest flagship chips.
And on paper, followers needs to be happy. Samsung’s presentation was gentle on particular benchmark outcomes, however touted a 33% enchancment in multi-core CPU efficiency in comparison with the Exynos 990 present in final 12 months’s Galaxy S20 (the chip’s explicit weak spot) with a extra modest 19% increase to single-core efficiency.
Throw in an over 40% enhance in GPU efficiency and a 20% enchancment to energy effectivity because of using the brand new 5nm course of, and you may see why Samsung may really feel assured this time round.
In fact, Samsung isn’t simply competing with itself – it is also up in opposition to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888, launched in December final 12 months, which can itself seemingly energy the S21 telephones within the US and choose different markets, as Samsung tends to make use of each Exynos and Snapdragon chips in differing areas.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
On paper not less than, the 2 chips are related, however surprisingly the Exynos has a slight edge not less than on CPU efficiency. It makes use of the identical triple cluster structure, with a customized ARM-X1 prime core supported by three A78 efficiency cores and 4 A55 effectivity cores.
Nevertheless Samsung has tuned the prime core to 2.9GHz, in comparison with Qualcomm’s 2.84GHz, with related clock pace gaps throughout the opposite cores. The result’s that on a base stage the Exynos 2100 ought to ship stronger uncooked processing energy than the 888, which we have already seen in leaked Geekbench outcomes that present the 2100 pipping the 888 – although it’s shut.
Elsewhere the 2 chips are additionally eerily related. Each ship 26 TOPS (trillion operations per second) of AI processing energy, each use a 5nm structure, each assist as much as 200Mp digicam sensors.
Samsung might have the sting elsewhere in picture processing nonetheless, touting assist for 4 simultaneous sensors (in comparison with Qualcomm’s three) and boasting that it might now deal with recording 8K video at 60 frames per second – a big soar on the 24fps that final 12 months’s S20 sequence capped at, and double the 30fps that the 888 is proscribed to.
In fact, synthetic benchmarks and spec sheets are one factor, however real-world efficiency is one other fully. We haven’t examined any 888 telephones but – the one two thus far, the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Vivo iQOO 7, stay China-only for now – so this Thursday’s S21 launch will signify our greatest likelihood to check the 2 chips immediately and see how the US Snapdragon fashions stack up in opposition to Europe’s Exynos telephones.
Maybe most excitingly, this appears prefer it’s solely the start of the Exynos comeback. Samsung confirmed through the presentation that it’s going to function a customized AMD GPU in its “subsequent flagship product” – presumably subsequent 12 months’s flagship Exynos chip – as a strategic partnership between the 2 corporations lastly bears fruit. This time subsequent 12 months the competition won’t be so shut.