This year, we saw smartphones with some of the very first powerful 5G capable SoCs on the market. However, with Samsung ready to refresh its top-tier Exynos wafer on November 12, we’re likely to see Qualcomm also unveil its own nemesis, the Snapdragon 875, against its arch-rival. Now, there have been a few leaks for both the upcoming new chipsets and things are looking interesting indeed. So, here we are, comparing the Snapdragon 875 with Samsung’s upcoming Exynos 1080.
Samsung Exynos 1080
Talking about the Exynos 1080, we can very likely expect it to be based on 5nm EUV (Extreme Ultraviolet) lithography process. Now, it seems that Samsung has overcome the reported yield issues that led Qualcomm to ditch Samsung for its flagship Snapdragon 875 chips in favor of TSMC. The electronics giant added a new 5nm foundry line in Pyeongtaek, South Korea. Regardless, the new Exynos 1000 or Exynos 1080 will be Samsung’s first 5G chip on the 5nm process pretty much like the Snapdragon 875 will be Qualcomm’s first 5nm chip.
Exynos 1080: Expected Specifications
Leaks have shed some light with regards to what we can expect from the upcoming Samsung premium SoC. As per a report, Samsung has confirmed the presence of two Cortex-A78 CPU cores and a Mali-G78 GPU. If this is true, then Samsung’s chip will be the first with the powerful 3GHz cores. Arm’s Cortex-A78 performance cores can bring a 20% increase in performance when compared to the Cortex-A77. And if the Exynos 980 core arrangement is any indication, there should be an additional four Cortex-A55 cores completing a hexa-core setup.
Now, benchmark listings for the Exynos 1080 from AnTuTu leak revealed a CPU score of over 181,000 points. This doesn’t beat many Snapdragon 865 Plus scores but the GPU Mali-G78 score of 2,97,000 does beat the topper Asus ROG Phone 3 by a good margin (+50,000). It is to be noted that this might not be Samsung’s flagship SoC which is why we hear reports of it not being included in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S21 series. That will likely be the Exynos 2100 SoC.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 875
Coming to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875, this will be the first Qualcomm chip built on the 5nm process. As per a recent leak by Digital Chat Station, the SoC will boast one Cortex-X1 Prime core running at 2.84 GHz, three Cortex-A78 cores at 2.42 GHz, and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz. Even judging by the sheer numbers, it looks likely that the Snapdragon 875 will bear the Exynos 1080. As far as ARM calculations are concerned, the Cortex-X1 will bring 20% higher sustained performance than Cortex-A78 and 30% better peak performance. This would be a pretty impressive feat indeed. If done right, it could bridge the gap between Qualcomm and Apple’s chipsets for good.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 875: Expected Specifications
There will also be a new Adreno 660 GPU, the exact extreme limits of which aren’t exactly known at the moment. However, it should be a decent upgrade from the Adreno 650 GPU on its predecessor. The leak also says that the Snapdragon 875 will have improved cache and memory bandwidth and will be focused on power efficency. Furthermore, talks about Qualcomm integrating the X60 5G model into the chip only strengthen the power-efficiency argument.
The CPU which is codenamed Lahaina scored 8,47,868 points on AnTuTu as per a leak. To put it into perspective, Snapdragon 865 Plus score is 6,29,245 points. As far as other components are concerned, a Spectra 580 image-processing engine and high-speed LPDDR5 SDRAM are also expecte to be introduced. For now this is all we can conclude from the available information in the air waves. It is said that Xiaomi will be the first to launch the CPU in China wit the Mi 11 while Samsung will debut it on the Galaxy S21 series in January.
The San Diego-based chip maker will very likely unveil the Snapdragon 875 SoC at the annual Snapdragon Tech Summit, scheduled to start from December 1. That’s not very far off and we could see some more juicy information trickle in building up to that launch. Either way, the competition is about to heat up once again for 2021.