Samsung announced on Tuesday (12) the details of the Exynos 2100, its new chip for premium smartphones that promises 40% more graphics performance and brings a personalized core with a 5 nanometer manufacturing process to compete with the Snapdragon 888. The company has not yet officially confirmed, but this is the processor that should equip the new Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra.
Exynos 2100 consumes 20% less energy, says Samsung
The Exynos 2100 was announced at an own event broadcast over the internet, something unusual for a Samsung chip, which is usually revealed without major ceremony. The presentation itself had an apologetic tone, showing comments from users who said they were disappointed with Samsung’s previous processors and ending with the so-called “Exynos is back” (“Exynos is back”).
Samsung’s powerful new chip has an octa-core CPU, including a high-performance 2.9 GHz core based on the ARM Cortex-X1, a solution for manufacturers looking to develop more personalized chips and which has also been adopted by Qualcomm on the Snapdragon 888. The brain is made up of three more Cortex-A78 cores and four Cortex-A55 cores that promise 30% more performance compared to the Galaxy S20’s Exynos 990.
On the graphics chip, which is the 14-core Mali-G78, the promise of increased performance is more than 40% over the previous generation. And there is a new neural processor (NPU) dedicated to artificial intelligence tasks that reaches 26 trillion operations per second (TOPS), which is interestingly the same number promised by Qualcomm’s chip.
Being manufactured in a new 5 nanometer process, the Exynos 2100 can offer 20% less power consumption or 10% more overall performance compared to the old 7 nm chips. Samsung also included a technology called Amigo, which analyzes and optimizes the consumption of the CPU, GPU and other components of the chip to increase the screen time of mobile phones.
Integrated 5G and more powerful cameras
The Exynos 2100 is also Samsung’s first premium chip with an integrated 5G modem. The component supports both frequencies below 6 GHz (sub-6) and millimeter waves (mmWave), being able to reach download speeds of up to 5.1 Gb / s or 7.35 Gb / s in the respective bands. It can also connect to 4G LTE networks at rates of up to 3 Gb / s.
In addition, the image signal processor (ISP) has been enhanced to support cameras up to 200 megapixels and 4K recording at 120 fps. The chip can integrate with six individual cameras and process data from up to four of them simultaneously, which makes room for new photography and filming capabilities. This capability also allows you to improve ultrawide photos and zoom performance, according to Samsung.
According to Samsung, the Exynos 2100 is currently being mass produced. The first phones with the new processor are expected to be the Galaxy S21, S21 + and S21 Ultra. Traditionally, Samsung sells Galaxy S and Note devices with the latest Snapdragon in countries like the United States and South Korea, leaving Exynos to the rest of the world, including Brazil.
In previous years, Samsung’s chip has been criticized for spending more energy and offering slightly lower performance compared to the equivalent Snapdragon. Exynos 2100’s expectations are higher: in addition to the dedicated event to reveal the processor, benchmarks have leaked suggesting that it is faster than the Snapdragon 888, at least in CPU tests. Are you going now?