Are you one of those Samsung smartphone fans who are angry with the company that they are not launching their flagship smartphones in Non-US countries with Qualcomm chipsets? Well there is no need to get angry anymore as we might be seeing the flipping of performance crowns between Samsung and Qualcomm once Samsung launches the Exynos 2100 series of SOC’s. It is expected to compete directly with the latest flagship chipset from Qualcomm that is Snapdragon 888 and happens to beat it in variety of scenarios as per the various rumours.
We now finally have the details of the Exynos 2100 SOC from Samsung itself as they are just 1 day away from launching their next flagship series that is Galaxy S21. The first point which we need to take care while discussing about the Exynos 2100 is that it offers a big improvement over the previous flagship Exynos chipset that is 990 (and its upgraded version featuring in Note 20 series). Some of the highlighted points about 2100 SOC are explained below.
If you follow the Exynos chipset development then you must be knowing that Samsung use to include High-Performance custom cores on to the Exynos chipset and they are known as Mongoose cores. These high performance cores were held responsible for most of the negative feedback which Exynos received in the past. Because of these cores only the battery life of the smartphones with these chipsets use to be lower as compared to smartphone versions that are coming with Qualcomm chipsets. Not only this, on the performance metrics also, Mongoose cores were not that great and continue to be laggard behind Apple A series SOC and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series SOC. With the launch of Exynos 2100, Samsung decided to drop the Mongoose cores and adopt the default cores from ARM which results in all these gains in the performance side and at the same times power consumption of the SOC also gets reduced.
Exynos 2100 will be fabricated using Samsung’s own 5nm based low power process which results in a more denser chip and at the same time results in increased efficiency as compared to their previous fabrication process. Interestingly Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 is also getting fabricated using this fabrication process only. Earlier Qualcomm and Apple used to have edge over in this fabrication department over the Exynos series but the gap is getting narrower as the time passes.
Well yea specs is something which were recently revealed by Samsung for Exynos 2100. I am listing most of them here.
CPU Cores – 8 Cores
CPU Cores Configuration
- (1 High Performance Cortex-X1 @ up to 2.9 GHz Frequency)
- (3 Mid Range Cortex A78 cores)
- (4 Low End Cortex A55 cores)
GPU – Default one from ARM (Mali – G78 (MP14))
Neural Processing Unit – NPU is basically dedicated for inference based tasks. Exynos 2100 features 3 Core NPU chip which gives 26 Trillion Operations Per Second.
RAM (Memory) – Supports LPDDR5 RAM
Storage – Universal Flash Storage 3.1, 2.1
ISP (Image Signal Processor) – This chip gives your SOC capabilities to support camera modules. 2100 supports camera up to 200 MP, and supports up to 6 sensors and 4 sensors active simultaneously.
Video Encoder – 4K 120 FPS or 8K 30 FPS
Video Decoder – 4K 120 FPS or 8K 60 FPS
Communication – 5G compatible MODEM (Supports mmWave, sub-6 GHz band)