Samsung Exynos has been plagued by relatively mediocre performance and power efficiency, compared to its Qualcomm Snapdragon counterparts. However, the Exynos 2100 could finally make a huge difference. Just like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, the Exynos 2100 also uses 5nm EUV (extreme ultra-violet) process node. Samsung has finally ditched its own Mongoose cores in favour of more reliable and faster ARM’s design. The architecture of Exynos 2100 is identical with Snapdragon 888, but with slightly higher clock. The high-performance core is a single ARM Cortex-X1 core at 2.9GHz, while the similar clock in Snapdragon 888 is at 2.84GHz. Three mid-performance Cortex-A78 cores are clocked at 2.8GHz, while the same cores are clocked at 2.42GHz in Snapdragon 888. The four efficient Cortex-A55 cores are clocked at 2.2GHz, instead of 1.8GHz in the competing Snapdragon 888.
On paper, the Exynos 2100 should be slightly faster than Snapdragon 888. Samsung claims that the new chipset is 30 percent faster in terms of multi-core performance over the Exynos 990. The transition to 5nm process from 7nm should ensure 20 percent better power efficiency and 10 percent faster performance. The new chipset has improved cache memory utilization. There’s support for UFS 2.1 storage, UFS 3.1 storage and LPDDR5 RAM. The Advanced Multi-IP Governor (AMIGO) technology ensures optimization in the use of CPU, GPU and various processes. This ensures more optimum battery life, despite the intense activities on the screen.
Another major addition is an enhanced that increase camera resolution support to 200MP. It could support six cameras and simultaneously process four cameras. The integrated artificial intelligence ensures seamless and fast recognition of faces, scenes, background and objects. The AI could automatically adjust colour, white balance, sharpness, exposure and dynamic range to improve image quality. The Exynos 2100 can record 4k videos at 120fps and 8k videos at 60fps. It has AV1 decoder for better processing of 8k videos. There are three NPU cores that increase the processing power to 26 trillion operations per second (TOPS). The built-in 5G modem supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz spectrums with downlink data rate of 7.3GHz for the former and 5.1Gbps for the later. Samsung doesn’t say anything about the smartphone that will use the chipset, but it will definitely for the Galaxy Samsung S21. The ARM Mali-G78 MP14 has support for OpenCL and Vulkan. The graphics performance increases by more than 40 percent to ensure better experience.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 has similar AI performance with its Hexagon 780 AI chip. It also offers 26 TOPS, compared to the Snapdragon 865 at only 15 TOPS, offering much better power efficiency. Qualcomm’s new chipset also has 2nd generation Sensing Hub, which is a low-power AI chip for simpler hardware-based tasks, like determining when the display should light up. It eases up the burden of the Hexagon chip, ensuring an overall better performance and power efficiency. We need real life benchmarking with apps and games to compare the performance of Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888.