Exynos 2100 challenges Snapdragon 888

Exynos 2100 challenges Snapdragon 888

The Exynos 2100 was announced recently as Samsung’s latest flagship processor. The Galaxy S21 series, which will be available in some markets, will also be introduced today. In regions such as the USA and China, it will go on sale with the Snapdragon 888. What are the differences of Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888? Which one is stronger?

Exynos 2100 vs Snapdragon 888: Which is stronger?

Both the Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888 feature a 5 nm process and offer performance improvements and a reduction in power consumption compared to previous models. They also have ARM CPU cores and built-in 5G modems in the same 1 + 3 + 4 processor layout. The table below shows the comparison of the two processors by specification:

ProcessorExynos 2100Snapdragon 888
Node size5nm EUV5nm
CPU1 x ARM Cortex-X1 at 2.9GHz
3 x ARM Cortex-A78 at 2.8GHz
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 at 2.2GHz
1 x ARM Cortex-X1 at 2.84GHz
3 x ARM Cortex-A78 at 2.40GHz
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 at 1.8GHz
GPUMali-G78 MP14 (14 cores)Adreno 660
ISPName not available

Support for single camera up to 200MP
Support for Dual-camera 32MP+32MP
Maximum supported number of cameras = 6
Spectra™ 580

Support for single camera up to 200MP
Support for dual camera up to 64MP
Support for triple camera up to 28MP
AI EngineName not available

Triple-core NPU
(up to 26 TOPS)
Hexagon 780

Max On-Device Display4K at 60Hz
QHD+ at 144Hz
4K at 60Hz
QHD+ at 144Hz
Max External Display8K4K at 60Hz
ModemName not available

Peak download speed: 7.35 Gbps
Peak upload speed: 3.67 Gbps
Snapdragon X60 5G

Peak download speed: 7.5 Gbps
Peak upload speed: 3 Gbps
ConnectivityNo details providedWi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2

2.4GHz, 5GHz, 6GHz


Both chips have the same CPU core and the same arrangement. However, the Exynos 2100 is the winner of this category due to the fact that all CPU cores have a higher clock speed than the Snapdragon 888 processor.

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Both chipsets have new GPUs that bring significant upgrades over their predecessors. We have seen the high performance offered by Mali-G78 on Kirin 9000 and Exynos 1080 processors. However, while all three of these chipsets have the same GPU, their performance varies depending on the number of cores they have.

The Exynos 2100 has 14 GPU cores, four more than the Exynos 1080 and ten less than the Kirin 9000. The AnTuTu benchmark result showed us that the Kirin 9000’s 24-core GPU is slightly behind the Adreno 660 GPU in the Snapdragon 888.

There’s still good news for Exynos 2100 fans, as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 will be the winner in the graphics unit, while the GPU score will definitely surpass the Snapdragon 865 Plus. Since the Exynos 1080 has a higher GPU score (239,408 points) than the Snapdragon 865 Plus (236,287 points), the Exynos 2100 might be happy in this sense.

AI (Augmented Reality)

Both sides seem to be drawn on Augmented Reality. The Exynos 2100 can handle up to 26 trillion (TOPS) operations thanks to its three-core NPU. Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 offers the same values as Hexagon 780.

Camera Features

The Exynos 2100 has some impressive features on the camera side. From 200 Megapixel camera support to supporting 4K video recording at 120 FPS and 8K video playback at 60 FPS, it can offer users superior quality. The chipset was also the first in the industry to support AV1 Decoder for 8K.

Snapdragon 888’s Spectra 580 is also very powerful. It not only supports 200 Megapixel cameras, but also offers 8K video capture at 30 FPS and 4K HDR recording with computational HDR.

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Connection Features

Both manufacturers have decided to use an integrated 5G modem for their flagship processors. Both support the mmWave and sub-6 GHz bands.

Samsung has yet to reveal which Wi-Fi technology the new chipset supports, but it is thought to have Wi-Fi 6.

It is worth noting that the information we have gathered is only a comparison on paper and a more detailed examination can be made after the devices are on the market.

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