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Samsung Exynos 2100 vs Snapdragon 888: Which One is Better?

On December 2, Qualcomm unveiled its latest premium chipset Snapdragon 888. Now, Samsung has announced its next-generation mobile processor Samsung Exynos 2100. Snapdragon 888 chipset powers 2021’s flagship devices such as Xiaomi Mi 11, Galaxy S21 etc. On the other hand, we will likely see Samsung Exynos 2100 with the USAi version of Galaxy S21. As a techno enthusiast, we all are curious about how these new flagships compare against each other. So without wasting too much time let’s get straight to the points.

Samsung Exynos 2100 vs Snapdragon 888

CPU

The new flagship SoC from Qualcomm is made on 5nm processing node. Like earlier Snapdragon 865 this time also Snapdragon 888 packs with 8-cores. Snapdragon 888 comes in a tri-cluster configuration; 1x Cortex X1 at 2.84 GHz, 3x Cortex A78 at 2.42 GHz and 4x Cortex A55 at 1.8 GHz. So if we look closely at the clock speeds it looks the same as last year’s Snapdragon 865 but the highlight of this year is the first Cortex X1 core which makes all the difference this year. ARM claims their new X1 core is 23 per cent faster than their A78 cores.

On the other hand, Samsung’s new Samsung Exynos 2100 is also made on the 5nm processing node. This year Samsung has not used their custom Mongoose architecture for Samsung Exynos 2100 which we guess good news for Samsung fans who are very furious about the performance difference of Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990. Samsung Exynos 2100 is an 8-core SoC with a tri-cluster configuration like Snapdragon 888. And the configuration is 1x Cortex X1 at 2.91 GHz, 3x Cortex A78 at 2.81 and 4x Cortex A55 at 2.21 GHz.

So looking at the CPU frequencies, we can expect this time Samsung Exynos 2100 will give almost the same or better performance compared to Snapdragon 888.

GPU

As far as GPU is concerned, Snapdragon 888 comes with Adreno 660 GPU. On the other hand, Samsung Exynos 2100 packs with Mali-G78 MP14 (14 cores). At present, there is no information regarding the GPU clock speeds. However, it looks Qualcomm’s 888 SoC has the GPU advantage.

AI Engine

Samsung Exynos 2100 has triple-core NPU which offers up to 26 trillion operations per second (TOPS). With Snadrogn 888 we see Hexagon 780 can also provide 26 TOPS. So, both are tie in the AI section.

Camera

Snapdragon 888’s Spectra 580 comes with support for 200MP cameras. It has 8K video recording at 30 FPS, and 4K HDR recording with computational HDR. On the other hand, the unknown ISP in the Samsung Exynos 2100 also supports 200MP cameras. Other features include 4K video recording at 120FPS and 8K video playback at 60FPS. So, clearly, we can say Qualcomm’s chip packs better ISP.

Benchmark

Talking about Geekbench v5 benchmark test, Xiaomi Mi 11 with Snapdragon 888 has scored 1105 points in the single-core test and 3512 points in the multi-core test. On the other hand, Samsung Exynos 2100 powered Galaxy S21 Plus phone has achieved 1038 points in the single-core test and 3060 points in the multi-core test.

We can see the Samsung Exynos 2100 is almost tied with the Snapdragon 888 in terms of the single-core test. However, in the multi-core test, Snapdragon 888 is better than Samsung Exynos 2100 as the scores are over 450 points higher (+15%).

Samsung Exynos 2100 vs Snapdragon 888 Specifications Table

SOC SNAPDRAGON 888 Samsung Exynos 2100
CPU 1 x Cortex-X1 at 2.84GHz
3 x Cortex-A78 at 2.42GHz
4 x Cortex-A55 at 1.80GHz
1 x Cortex-X1 at 2.9GHz
3 x Cortex-A78 at 2.8GHz
4 x Cortex-A55 at 2.2GHz
GPU Adreno 660 Mali-G78 MP14
Node 5nm LPE EUV 5nm LPE EUV
ISP Spectra 580
Single-camera up to 200MP
Dual-camera Upto 64MP
Unknown
Single-camera up to 200MP
Dual-camera 32MP+32MP
Display Max On-Device:
4K at 60Hz
QHD+ at 144Hz
Max On-Device:
4K at 60Hz
QHD+ at 144Hz
AI Hexagon 780
26 TOPS
Unknown
26 TOPS

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