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Exynos 2100 vs Snapdragon 888. Which one is better?



Samsung’s announced its latest flagship processor this week is the form of Exynos 2100. It is powering some of its Galaxy S21 series that will be sold in some markets. In other regions such as the United States and China, the Galaxy S21 series will be powered by the Snapdragon 888.


The Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888 are 5nm chipsets which brings upgrades in performance and reduction in power consumption when compared to their predecessors. The ARM CPU cores has the same 1+3+4 arrangement and have a built-in 5G modems. The table below shows a specs comparison of the two processors:




CPU


The two chips have same CPU cores with the same arrangement. The Exynos 2100 CPU cores are clocked higher than those of the Snapdragon 888 processor.


GPU


Both chipsets feature new GPUs that bring significant improvements over their predecessors. Same GPU doesn't give same performance as it varies as a result of the number of cores they have.


The Exynos 2100 has 14 GPU cores compare to 10 in the Exynos 1080. An AnTuTu benchmark result already showed that the Kirin 9000’s 24-core GPU is just a tiny bit behind the Adreno 660 GPU inside the Snapdragon 888. With the Exynos 2100’s fewer cores, the gap is expected to be wider, though it should be less than the gap between the Exynos 1080 since it has four more cores.


AI


The Exynos 2100’s triple-core NPU rank up to 26 trillion operations per second (TOPS), the exact figure Qualcomm has for the Snapdragon 888’s Hexagon 780.


ISP


The ISP in the Exynos 2100 supports for 200MP cameras, to support for 4K video recording at 120FPS and 8K video playback at 60FPS. The chipset is also the first in the industry to have support for the AV1 Decoder for 8K.


The Snapdragon 888’s Spectra 580 also packs some punch. Not only does it support 200MP cameras too, but it also has 8K video capture at 30 FPS, and 4K HDR recording with computational HDR.


Connectivity


Both has integrated 5G modem for the flagship processors. and both supports mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrums. Samsung new chipset supports Wi-Fi 6E which the Snapdragon 888 has.


Conclusion


It looks like Samsung is getting to their best in the chipset making. The new Exynos has a more powerful CPU than the Snapdragon 888 and its ISP brings some significant improvements. However, Qualcomm’s chipset has the GPU advantage and has a great ISP too.


Based on the comparisons, a tie should be and ideal verdict for both based on specs comparison but a real-world comparison with the latest Galaxy S21 will be the real ice breaker powered by the two chipsets will show us which chipset is better overall.



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