Exynos is again. No 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 look within the new Galaxy S21 telephones once they launch on Thursday.
Samsung gave the brand new chipset its personal devoted launch occasion immediately, a transfer seemingly designed to immediately tackle followers that even Samsung itself admits have been dissatisfied 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 yr’s Galaxy S20 (the chip’s explicit weak spot) with a extra modest 19% increase to single-core efficiency.
Throw in an over 40% improve in GPU efficiency and a 20% enchancment to energy effectivity because of using the brand new 5nm course of, and you’ll see why Samsung would possibly really feel assured this time round.
After all, Samsung isn’t simply competing with itself – it is also up in opposition to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888, launched in December final yr, which is able to itself doubtless energy the S21 phones within the US and choose different markets, as Samsung tends to make use of each Exynos and Snapdragon chips in differing areas.
On paper at the very least, the 2 chips are related, however surprisingly the Exynos has a slight edge at the very least 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.
Nonetheless 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 help as much as 200Mp digital camera sensors.
Samsung could have the sting elsewhere in picture processing nonetheless, touting help for 4 simultaneous sensors (in comparison with Qualcomm’s three) and boasting that it will possibly now deal with recording 8K video at 60 frames per second – a big bounce on the 24fps that final yr’s S20 collection capped at, and double the 30fps that the 888 is proscribed to.
After all, synthetic benchmarks and spec sheets are one factor, however real-world efficiency is one other solely. We haven’t examined any 888 telephones but – the one two up to now, the Xiaomi Mi 11 and Vivo iQOO 7, stay China-only for now – so this Thursday’s S21 launch will characterize our greatest probability 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 seems to be prefer it’s solely the start of the Exynos comeback. Samsung confirmed in the course of the presentation that it’ll function a customized AMD GPU in its “subsequent flagship product” – presumably subsequent yr’s flagship Exynos chip – as a strategic partnership between the 2 firms lastly bears fruit. This time subsequent yr the competition won’t be so shut.