Samsung Exynos 2100 vs Snapdragon 888: Both the Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888 chipsets are flagship chip from Samsung and Qualcomm in 2021. The technology inside both chipsets are pretty similar but both has notable differences. These differences is evidence in the performance of smartphones powered by either chips.

These two chips are the first to use the latest Arm cortex-X1 core. Although both are clocked at different frequencies. Below is the quick specs between the Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888 chipsets.

Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888 Quick Specs

SpecsExynos 2100Snapdragon 88
Manufacturing Process5nm5nm
CPU Cores1x Cortex-X1 2.9 GHz
3x Cortex-A78 2.8 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 2.2GHz
1x Cortex-X1 2.84 GHz
3x Cortex-A78 2.42 GHz
4x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz
GPUMali-G78 (14 core counts)Adreno 660
ISPup to 4 cameras concurrentlyup to 3 cameras concurrently

Geekbench Scores: Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888

GeekbenchExynos 2100Snapdragon 888
Multi Score10881135
Single Score34753818

Exynos 2100 vs Snapdragon 888: Manufacturing Process

Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888 are both built on Samsung’s 5nm EUV. And that coupled with the fact that these two SOCs have integrated 5G modems, means huge gains in battery life for you. Especially when your phone is in 5G mode.


When it comes to CPU, the Exynos 2100 looks more promising on paper. Its 1x Cortex-X1 core clocked @2.9 GHz, 3x Cortex-A78 cores clocked @2.8 GHz and 4x Cortex-A55 little core clocked @2.2GHz.

Snapdragon 888 on the other hand, 1x Cortex-X1 core clocked @2.84 GHz, 3x Cortex-A78 cores clocked @2.42 GHz and 4x Cortex-A55 little core clocked @1.80 GHz.

Now, here is the plot twist. Running these two chips on the geekbench platform saw Qualcomm’s chip winning. SNAPDRAGON 888 with the 1135 points (single core) and 3818 points (multi-core)

EXYNOS 2100 on the other hand, had 1088 points (single core) and 3475 points (multi core). So yeah, Snapdragon is with the upper hand based on real live performance.

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In terms of GPU, Exynos 2100 uses Mali-G78 design with 14 cores count. Samsung didn’t tap into it completely. For example, the Kirin 9000 chipset used the same GPU (Mali-G78) but with 24 cores. Only Samsung can explain why it didn’t maximised the GPU usage. But what you should note is that, the GPU can perform perfectly all task required.

Although the Exynos 2100 GPU is good. The Snapdragon’s Adreno 660 GPU is better. Qualcomm made sure the chip targets 35% faster rendering performance while increasing power efficiency by 20%.


However, for camera freaks, the Exynos 2100 is a sweet pie. The image signal processor supports camera with sensors up to 200 MP. More interesting is the fact that it can process four camera streams simultaneously. It’s a big deal because the Snapdragon 888 only manages three streams.


The AI & ML of these two chips are neck to neck. They are smart and intelligent. The Exynos 2100’s new AI engine harness its powerful triple-core NPU to offer up to 26 Trillions of operations per second (TOPS). Same thing with the Snapdragon’s 888 Hexagon 780 AI machine.

So what’s the summary? The Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 still has an edge over the Exynos 2100 (especially in certain areas GPU & CPU) But unlike before, this time around the gap is very narrow. Hopefully, subsequent Exynos chips can fully match up to Qualcomm’s chip. Well, whatever the case is, there are no task this two chips can’t perform.

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