Samsung unveiled the Exynos 2100 SoC that will power the Galaxy S21 series launching on Thursday in India. The Exynos 2100 is Samsung’s first flagship chipset with an integrated 5G modem capable of supporting both mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G bands.
Built on a 5nm manufacturing process, in the same foundries as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, Samsung claims the Exynos 2100 brings a massive 40 per cent boost in GPU performance and a 30 per cent boost in CPU multi-core performance. That’s a big leap, and reason enough for the new chipset to get its own launch event. What makes the Exynos 2100 so fast? Let’s take a look at the specs.
Samsung Exynos 2100 Specs and Features
Like the flagship Snapdragon of 2021, the Exynos 2100 also makes use of ARM’s Cortex-X1 prime core, clocked at 2.9GHz, which is slightly higher than the Snapdragon 888’s peak frequency. There’s three ARM Cortex-A78 performance cores and four ARM Cortex-A55 power efficient cores. Compared to the previous Exynos 990, Samsung claims a 30 per cent leap in multi-core CPU performance.
Like we said before, the Samsung Exynos 2100 is also the first Samsung flagship SoC to come with an integrated 5G modem. Like Qualcomm, Samsung also figured out how to integrate a high-performance 5G modem without burning down the house. Samsung claims the 5G modem can achieve peak downlink speeds of 7.35Gbps on mmWave networks and 5.1Gbps on a sub-6GHz network.
As for the GPU, the massive 40 per cent speed bump comes courtesy a 14-core Mali G78 GPU. There’s also an triple-core NPU delivering 26 TOPS performance, same as the Snapdragon 888. The ISP of the Exynos 2100 is capable of supporting 200MP cameras. It can also connect to six different sensors and read data from four of them simultaneously. This would help in things like smooth transition from one lens to another.
The performance boost is also due to the advanced manufacturing process as well as a new multi-IP governor to optimise the power intake of CPU, GPU and other modules.