Samsung unveils 5nm Exynos 2100 featuring Cortex-X1 CPU
This chip will compete neck and neck with Snapdragon 888
It’s finally official. Samsung has given us its reply to the Snapdragon 888 chipset in the form of Exynos 2100. It is the highest-end SOC from the brand for this year and is going to power every premium flagship from Samsung such as the upcoming Galaxy S21 series. Some of the highlights of this new SOC include Cortex-X1 CPU, Mali-G78 GPU, Integrated 5G modem with mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G support, up to 200 Megapixels single camera support, and more.
Just as in the case of Snapdragon 888, the Exynos 2100 has a CPU with an ultra-high-performance Cortex-X1 core but it is clocked at 2.9GHz compared to 2.84GHz in the case of Snapdragon 888’s CPU. There are three high-performance Cortex-A78 cores clocked at 2.8GHz and four efficiency-based Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 2.2GHz. In the case of Snapdragon 888’s CPU, the Cortex-A78 cores are clocked at 2.42GHz while the Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8GHz. So in short, when it comes to the CPU performance, the Exynos 2100 has a clear advantage over the Snapdragon 888 despite having the same core arrangement.
Samsung claimed that when compared to the Exynos 990 chipset, the Exynos 2100 can deliver 30% better CPU performance. Speaking of the GPU, it offers up to 40% better graphics performance compared to the GPU of Exynos 990. So there are some really major upgrades over the Exynos 990 of last year. There is a Mali-G78 GPU with 14-cores and the chip also features a three-core NPU and Samsung claims NPU TOPS up to 25.
Since the Exynos 2100 is built on the 5nm manufacturing process, it not only helps in better performance but also better power efficiency. Samsung says that the 5nm manufacturing process results in 10% better performance and 20% lower power consumption.
As we know already, the Galaxy S21 series is launching in a couple of days and it will be the first to use this new flagship chipset from Samsung. On paper, Samsung seems to be going neck and neck with Qualcomm with Exynos 2100 but we will see how the SOC performs in real life when the S21 series launches and the reviews are out.