Galaxy S21 Exynos vs Snapdragon: Performance benchmarks

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Samsung’s Exynos processors have never fully had the option to satisfy their Snapdragon partners. Regardless of whether we’re discussing the 990 in the S20 or the 850 during the A21s, Qualcomm’s chips have consistently appreciated an agreeable lead with regards to power and performance.

That may be changing with the most current Exynos 2100 processor that controls the Galaxy S21 phones around the world. Samsung made a cycle of a sprinkle during the dispatch of the chip, proclaiming “Exynos is back” with a processor that “sets another norm for premium versatile experiences.”

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That’s an intense assertion, and we were at first incredulous. While the 2100 is absolutely an improvement over the past Exynos leader processor, bringing an incorporated 5G modem, uphold for 144Hz showcases, and a 5nm interaction with a Cortex-X1 CPU, we contemplated whether it would really rival the most recent from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 888. 

First we should take a gander at how the Exynos 2100 in the S21 looks at to the Exynos in the S20, as tested by our sister site in the UK, Tech Advisor.

Geekbench 5


S20: 2299
S21: 3263

That’s a pleasant jump in year-over-year execution and shows that Samsung’s cases aren’t simply empty talk. The PCMark Work 2.0 score saw pleasant gains also, with an amazing score of 14,732 versus under 11,000 with the 990. That is a tremendous exhibition jump that is greater than the Snapdragon’s year-on-year gains.

galaxy s21 front Michael Simon/IDG

The Galaxy S21 is controlled by the most recent Qualcomm lead processor, the Snapdragon 888.

But looking at the Exynos 2100 against the 990 is not really a sign that it can rival the 888. So right away, here are the numbers you’ve been holding up for:

Geekbench 5


S21 Snapdragon 888: 1,076
S21 Exynos 2100: 1,070


S21 Snapdragon 888: 3,223
S21 Exynos 2100: 3,263

PCMark Work 2.0

S21 Snapdragon 888: 13,070
S21 Exynos 2100: 14,732

Now we’re getting some place. Not exclusively are the Exynos 2100’s Geekbench Multi-center and Work 2.0 outcomes huge upgrades over those of its archetype, however it likewise dominates the Snapdragon 888 out of a no holds barred matchup. Furthermore, that is with less RAM than the S20 (8GB vs 12GB).

Graphics are noteworthy also. While the Exynos 2100 is as yet utilizing a Mali GPU, the outcomes are essentially in sync with the Snapdragon 888 utilizing 3DMark’s cross-stage Wildlife benchmark.

3D Mark Wildlife

S21 Snapdragon 888: 5,733
S21 Exynos 2100: 5,852

The Snapdragon 888 plays out somewhat better with more illustrations escalated assignments, as seen by the edge rate results from GFXBench’s tests:

GFXbench Aztec Ruins Vulkan

S21 Snapdragon 888 (High): 35 fps
S21 Snapdragon 888 (Normal): 55 fps
S21 Exynos 2100 (High): 26 fps
S21 Exynos 2100 (Normal): 35 fps

The results were a lot nearer with the Manhattan tests, with the Exynos 2100 beating the Snapdragon 888 with 100 or more fps. Anyway you cut it, those are superior to adequate numbers, situating the Exynos processor as a contender to the most recent lead Snapdragon. It even shuts the hole some with Apple’s A14 Bionic processor (however the two chips actually have far to go to get up).

The Exynos 2100 may in any case slack a digit with regards to battery life. While we’ll go more top to bottom with our proper surveys, battery life benchmarks were a considerable amount diverse when running the Work 2.0 test with the screen set to 200 nits and versatile revive turned on. On the Snapdragon 888 model, I got almost 10 hours of battery life, while the Exynos 2100 partner scarcely hit 8 hours. While both of those numbers will get you through most days, it seems like Samsung has somewhat more work to do with power efficiency.

Even along these lines, the Exynos processor in the Galaxy S21 is a great section into a world overwhelmed by Qualcomm and its Snapdragon processors. On the off chance that the Exynos 2100 processor wasn’t prepared for the requesting U.S. crowd, the numbers we’re seeing propose the Exynos 2200 could be, particularly if AMD’s Radeon illustrations power the following GPU as expected.

Of course, benchmarks don’t recount the entire story, yet Samsung has made a genuine and great jump in CPU execution with its most recent Exynos processor. In the event that the S21 is any sign, Snapdragon Galaxy telephones may at long last be prepared for their nearby up.

Update 12:00PM ET: Added a connect to the Galaxy S21 review on our sister site, TechAdvisor.

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