Samsung has hinted on social media about the upcoming release of its new high-end chipset, the Exynos 2100. It would be the chipset for the International version of Samsung Galaxy S21. The South Korean company will officially introduce the new chipset on January 12, 2021 or just a few days before the launch of Galaxy S21. Samsung needs to deliver a real improvement, due to the poor reception of the current Exynos 990, used by the Galaxy S20. It’s quite disappointing for International users of Galaxy S20, because their devices noticeably lag behind the Snapdragon 865, in terms of features and performance. Samsung needs to rebuild its reputation as one of major mobile chipsets producers. Based on latest reports, the Samsung Exynos is an octa-core chipset, with three different core types. There’s one high-performance 2.9GHz core, possibly the ARM Cortex-X1 core. The three mid-performance 2.8GHz cores could be ARM Cortex-A78. There are also four efficient 2.4GHz cores for light tasks. It will have integrated 5G module and Mali-G78 GPU. With this advanced design, it would be quite interesting how the Exynos 2100 will compare against the new Snapdragon 888, also used for the US version of Galaxy S21.
It is a good thing that Samsung is willing to make changes. The company is finally ditching its proprietary Mongoose cores that have performance issues. Instead, the Exynos 2100 uses the standard designs of ARM. This should eliminate much of the issues of previous Exynos chipsets. Samsung introduced the Mongoose core back in 2015 and many believed that it will be a contender in the mobile chip industry. However, it didn’t pan out and Samsung’s inhouse design ended up being troubled, instead of providing solutions. Nevertheless, Samsung remained committed to its designs and poured significant resources for further developments. Unfortunately, results were quite abysmal and they failed to match the basic designs of ARM. This culminated with the current Exynos 990, used by the International versions of Samsung Galaxy S20. Although Samsung touted the Exynos 990 as one of the best chips, its performance is less than ideal. The Exynos 990 has poor efficiency and it tends to overheat when used at peak performance. As a result, the internal throttling slows down the chip to prevent permanent damage. However, it also means that Exynos 990 has mediocre peak performance compared to the Apple A14 Bionic and Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.
All signs have indicated that the Exynos 2100 will be a quite capable mobile chipset. If Samsung’s new solution gets good reception, future Exynos versions could be a direct match of Snapdragon series. Even so, it’s still too soon to expect that the Exynos 2100 will outmatch the Snapdragon 888. It will take a real time measurement to know whether the Exynos 2100 is worthy of the flagship label. It appears that Samsung has confidence in its new mobile chipset and it should already perform internal tests. On paper, the Exynos 2100 should have more than decent performance level for mobile chipsets in 2021.