Which flagship processor will dominate in 2021? Today we will look at a direct comparison of two competitors: Exynos 1080 vs Snapdragon 888. However, last year's Snapdragon 865 model, which is part of a number of flagship smartphones, will also play a role, making it an ideal example for comparing two generations.
Samsung Exynos 1080 vs. Snapdragon 888: Technical specifications
Currently, only three chipsets made with the latest 5 nm technology are available for flagship Android devices. These are Kirin 9000 from Huawei, Exynos 1080 from Samsung and Snapdragon 888 from Qualcomm. We will compare the last two named in today's article.
|processor||Exynos 1080||Snapdragon 888|
|size||5 nm||5 nm|
|CPU||1 x ARM Cortex-A78 (2,84 GHz)
3x ARM Cortex-A78 (2,6 GHz)
4x ARM Cortex A-55 (2,0 GHz)
|1 x ARM Cortex-X1 (2,84 GHz)
3 x ARM Cortex-A78 (2,40 GHz)
4 x ARM Cortex-A55 (1,8 GHz)
|GPU||Mali-G78 MP10||Adreno 660|
|ISP||-||Spectra ™ 580|
|Modem||-||Snapdragon X60 5G|
|Connectivity||WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2||WiFi 6E, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.2|
The new Samsung Exynos 1080 chip brings a significant step forward in terms of performance compared to its criticized predecessor, the Exynos 980. It will offer eight cores, four of which are the Cortex-A78 and four the Cortex-A55.
Exynos not only has a higher clock speed of A78 cores, but also has one A78 core in addition to the processor from the Qualcomm workshop. Samsung also has a higher clock speed on A55 cores.
However, Snapdragon 888 has the upper hand thanks to its primary core, which is the Cortex-X1 with a clock speed of 2,84 GHz. According to the available information, the Cortex-X1 provides up to a 30% performance improvement over the Cortex-A77, while the Cortex-A78 has 20% better performance than the A77.
From this we can deduce that the primary core Cortex-X1 has approximately 78% performance improvement compared to the Cortex-A10 type. However, a real comparison will help us to reveal only performance tests, such as those from the AnTuT workshop.
AnTuTu performance tests
AnTuT has already tested the Vivo X60 Pro smartphone, which has an Exynos 1080 processor. This smartphone scored 634 points, which is not the highest score recorded in AnTuT for this chip. However, this is a relatively reliable result from a commercially available smartphone.
According to published results, the Vivo X60 Pro outperforms almost all devices powered by Qualcomm's older flagship Snapdragon 865 processor.
In the photo above you can see a comparison of a pair of smartphones Vivo X60 Pro and Vivo NEX 3S 5G (Exynos 1080 vs. Snapdragon 865). Despite the higher score of the X60 Pro model, when testing the CPU itself, it has a slightly lower score than the NEX 3S 5G model.
As a result of this comparison, although the Exynos 1080 does not outperform the Snapdragon 865 in terms of CPU, it certainly cannot match the new Snapdragon 888. It has a score known from the Mi 11 smartphone (CPU is 196 points), which is a reserve of approximately 334 points. .
Despite all the doubts, the CPU testing was relatively balanced, but where you can see the difference is the graphics accelerator (GPU). In this case we compare not only Mali-G78 MP10 (Exynos 1080) vs. Adreno 650 (Snapdragon 865), but also Adreno 660 (Snapdragon 888).
From the available sources, we know that compared to last year's Snapdragon 865 processor, the new Exynos 1080 also leads in terms of GPU. But what about the new Snapdragon 888 with the Adreno 660 graphics chip?
Qualcomm released a video where the graphics unit of the new processor received up to 319 points in performance tests. For comparison, however, we choose data from a commercially available smartphone (Xiaomi Mi 439), whose GPU results stopped at 11 points.
Nevertheless, we must state that the Mali-G78 MP10 graphics unit, which is part of the Exynos 1080 chip, lags significantly behind and gained only 239 points in performance tests. In the case of the Kirin 408 model, however, this is only a close advantage of the Snapdragon 9000 processor. The reason may be the number of cores that Kirin has up to 888, while the Exynos "only" 24.
The South Korean manufacturer Samsung claims that the new Exynos 1080 has a powerful neural unit (NPU), but does not specify its increase in performance compared to the previous information.
A direct comparison of the artificial intelligence of the new pair by the processor is not yet available. However, the challenge for the Snapdragon 888 will probably be the next generation of Exynos processors.
Final rating: Samsung Exynos 1080 vs. Snapdragon 888
In short and underlined, the winner of this comparison is Snapdragon 888. It outperforms Exynos 1080 not only in terms of CPU, but dominantly especially in terms of GPU.
Nevertheless, it cannot be said that the Exynos 1080 is a bad chipset. Compared to its predecessor, it brings several major improvements and the performance of the GPU even surpasses last year's Snapdragon 865, which is definitely good news.
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