The Exynos 2100 seems to be Samsung’s greatest cellular chip but.
It options ARM’s Cortex-X1 core with three different Cortex-A78 cores and 4 much less power-hungry A55 cores to play good along with your battery. It additionally has ARM’s Mali-G78 GPU for 40% higher graphics than the final technology, a tri-core NPU for higher on-device AI, is 5G-ready (each Sub-6GHz and mmWave), and is constructed on Samsung’s 5nm course of tech to save much more battery.
Expect to see it in all of Samsung’s greatest telephones — together with the approaching Galaxy S21 — all through 2021. In a world the place no person bothered to care concerning the chip inside their cellphone and the way significantly better one particular model might be than all the things else, this could be nice and everybody could be happy.
Here’s the factor although. We do care that one model of chip has marginally higher AI response occasions, takes higher images, has higher 3D graphics, will get higher battery life, and kicks the pants off of different manufacturers when it comes to connectivity, particularly the LTE and 5G form. I’m speaking, in fact, concerning the Qualcomm Snapdragon platform.
The motive why the newest Snapdragon will all the time be a greater chip than the newest Exynos is not a secret. Qualcomm is an organization that makes a speciality of promoting cellular chips and its flagship merchandise are actually its solely focus. They’ve been the one focus lengthy sufficient that the corporate has came upon some nice concepts. It’s compelled to license a few of these, however others are just a part of what makes a Snapdragon so rattling good. Samsung and Qualcomm each could begin with ARM reference core designs, however that is the place the similarities finish and the Snapdragon 888 will as soon as once more outperform the Exynos 2100 in nearly each measurable method.
The Exynos2100 shall be good, however the Snapdragon 888 shall be higher.
And Samsung is wonderful with that as a result of it is not an organization that solely builds cellular chipsets.
Here’s the factor no person actually needs to hear: the Exynos SoC exists solely as a method for Samsung to get monetary savings on its higher and mid-range telephones. It’s the identical yr after yr; in some nations, Samsung has to license Qualcomm modem tech to even attempt to compete with the newest Snapdragon SoC (System on a Chip). To make issues simpler, Samsung merely sources a Snapdragon SoC for telephones from these components of the world, which is principally North America. Everywhere else will get an Exynos-powered mannequin which is rather a lot cheaper to purchase. Yes, Samsung has to purchase from Samsung in loads of circumstances. Processors are one among them.
Samsung might purchase a Snapdragon 888 (which everybody is sure shall be what powers the Galaxy S21) for each mannequin in each nation and all the things would just work. Everything would even be lots costlier and no firm that is arrange to make a revenue likes it when issues are costlier.
Maybe we must always just use the issues and never attempt to measure all the things.
Don’t get me unsuitable — the Exynos 2100 shall be a wonderful chip and can energy loads of units. It will most likely be revamped and paired with an AMD GPU to energy the inevitable Galaxy Z Fold 3. But there shall be noticeable variations in efficiency in comparison to a Snapdragon 888 mannequin. Millions who reside exterior of North America will purchase an Exynos-powered Samsung cellphone and love the hell out of it as a result of the chip works so nicely. Maybe the individuals who do not obsess over issues like what smartphone chip is greatest all have the fitting thought.
But you will learn all around the web, together with proper right here at Android Central how customers are seeing higher efficiency from the Qualcomm-powered Galaxy S21 than they’re from the Exynos-powered mannequin. Some persons are going to be indignant about this, some just will not care, however most will just cope with it as a result of it is the identical method yearly.
There is a silver lining, although — Exynos chips preserve getting higher yr after yr and with ARM’s new Cortex-X program, Samsung actually is on the sting of a breakthrough. With ARM serving to to construct and tune cores for the fitting steadiness of efficiency versus energy, and AMD working to present a world-class cellular GPU, an Exynos chip within the close to future is going to be nearly as good or higher at all the things besides North American 5G networks. And should you aren’t dwelling in North America, you do not even have to care about that.
That’s not going to be this yr, although. The Exynos 2100 shall be wonderful and most customers will not care, however count on the Qualcomm variations of the S21 to be the “best” variations and Samsung is going to save a ton of cash by constructing issues this fashion.
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