Every time Samsung makes a new flagship smartphone, they create two versions, one powered by an Exynos chip and one powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. The European galaxy S21 ultra is powered by Samsung’s Exynos 2100 chip and the US version of the same phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888. With the S20 Ultra the Exynos version was about 10 times slower than the Snapdragon equivalent. On a standard performance test on the Exynos version we get about 650,000 points but then we get 690,000 on the Snapdragon equivalent which puts that phone a little bit ahead.
When these phones are performing at their best almost nothing challenges either of them.
The Exynos variant’s idle temperature is 43-degree Celsius compared to the Snapdragon at 33 degree Celsius. That’s a pretty alarming gap considering that the phones are not in use. Competition in any market is very good for the consumer and if Samsung’s exynos chip keep flopping we’re just going to be left with qualcomm and while qualcomm do make good quality chips. If qualcomm are the only people left in the market they’ve got very little incentive to innovate.
Do you want to know the most surprising side effect of having an exynos over a snapdragon? It’s the camera, two different chipsets mean two different image signal processors. Even though these are the same phones, what your camera sees is being interpreted through a completely different pipeline. The end result of the images from these phones is comparable; the exynos has better pixel smoothing than the snapdragon.
By: Isaac Newton
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