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Exynos 2100 unveiled: Better than the Snapdragon 888???


It’s not that long when we uploaded a comparison article on Samsung Galaxy Note 20 devices with Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865+ SoCs. You would get any one of those in your device, depending on your region. Due to differences between these chips, it went on to be a controversy in the tech world.

 But now, Samsung has come up with its latest flagship SoC, Exynos 2100 with a built-in 5G modem, 5nm Manufacturing process, 4K@ 144Hz and much more. It is neck-to-neck with Qualcomm’s latest 888 SoC and even tops out in some departments on paper. So, let’s have a look at Exynos 2100. 

Exynos 2100

Performance at its core

Samsung’s Exynos 2100 is an octa-core SoC with some exciting configuration. Here we get one all-new high-performance Cortex-X1 core that can go up to 2.9Ghz, which is slightly higher than what Qualcomm has provided. Moving on, to accompany the Cortex-X1 we have, 3 A78 performance cores at 2.8Ghz and the last four are Cortex A55 power-efficient cores. With all this, Samsung claims a 33% improvement in the multi-core and 19% in single-core CPU performance than the previous generation. Looking at the clock speeds, all are higher than the Snapdragon 888. Don’t worry, we will be comparing both of them at the end. 

Now, talking about the GPU, we have 14 core power with Mali-G78 handling the GPU duties. We were expecting an AMD GPU this time, but Samsung has promised to launch an SoC with AMD GPU in the coming days, really soon. While with this new GPU Samsung claims a 40+% increase in the performance and the tri-core NPU with a new architecture can reach 26 TOPS. This new SoC has support for LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 fast storage.

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Industry-leading ISP

During the launch event of the Exynos 2100, Samsung was proud to flex its camera capabilities. Exynos 2100, with its all-new ISP, supports a camera sensor up to 200MP. Not only that, this new SoC can support six cameras and can process data from 4 of them at once, which is quite extraordinary as the Snapdragon 888 manages to process only three at once. The Multi-camera and Frame Processor (MCFP) can also fuse image data from multiple cameras for better quality zoom and ultra-wide shots. With this powerful ISP and NPU with up to 26 TOPS, we can expect some excellent camera capabilities in the upcoming S21 series of devices with Exynos 2100. 

4K displays at high-refresh-rate 

The Exynos 2100 supports up to 4K displays and 8K TV out-put due to the new built-in 8K decoder. Talking more about the display capabilities, Exynos 2100 can be coupled with a 4K display at 120Hz while the QHD+ displays can go up to 144Hz. 

5G, 5G, 5G

The Exynos 2100 is the first Samsung SoC with a built-in 5G modem. Here we get, sub-6GHz and mmWave capabilities. The all-new integrated modem can achieve 7.35 Gbps downlink speeds on a mmWave network and 5.1 Gbps on a sub-6 network. 

Things to lookout 

  • Integrated 5G Modem
  • Up to CPU 33% multi-core/19% single-core improvement
  • GPU 46% improvement
  • LPDDR5 RAM & UFS 3.1
  • 20% lower power consumption
  • 6 cameras & 200MP resolution
  • 144Hz refresh rates at QHD+
  • 120Hz at 4K
  • HDR10+ support w/ 4K Res & 8K TV-out
    Snapdragon 888 vs exynos 2100

Exynos 2100 vs Snapdragon 888 

Exynos 2100 Snapdragon 888
Manufacturing Process Samsung 5 nm EUV Samsung 5 nm EUV
CPU  1x Cortex-X1 @ 2.9GHz

3x Cortex-A78 @ 2.8GHz

4x Cortex-A55 @ 2.2GHz

1x Cortex-X1 @ 2.84GHz

3x Cortex-A78 @ 2.42GHz

4x Cortex-A55 @ 1.8GHz

GPU  Mali-G78 MP14 Adreno 660
NPU (AI Performance) 26 TOPS 26 TOPS
ISP 4 streams


3 streams simultaneously 
Modem 4G LTE

5G sub-6Ghz & mmWave

7.35Gbps download

(integrated Exynos 5123)


5G sub-6Ghz & mmWave

7.5Gbps download

3Gbps upload

(integrated Snapdragon X60)



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