UPDATE: Both Snapdragon and Exynos driven models of the Galaxy S21 have apparently graced Geekbench 5 and per the results, the Exynos 1000-fueled version has left the Snapdragon 875 variant behind.
The legitimacy of these results is yet to be confirmed, so take them with a bit of salt.
The Snapdragon 865, which fuels the rest of the models, is also a 7nm SoC, and it features one prime Arm Cortex-A77 core, three high-performance Cortex-A77 cores with lower clock speeds and smaller caches, and four Cortex-A55 efficiency cores.
Perhaps the proprietary Mongoose CPU was Exynos 990’s biggest undoing, and it stood no chance against the powerful Cortex-A77.
The other three cores will probably be the new Cortex-A78 which promises a 20 percent increase in performance when compared to the Cortex-A77. Arm also says that SoCs with A78 cores will match their A77 counterparts using only half the power.
As for the remaining four cores, they will probably be the Cortex-A55.
The good news is that the gap will at least shorten next year, and the Exynos1000 is also expected to be more power-efficient.
Unfortunately, Samsung’s next flagship silicon will probably stick with a Mali GPU, as the first AMD-made custom GPU is not expected to make a debut until 2022.
Overall, things are looking up for Exynos, and Samsung is reportedly also planning to expand the sales of its chips in the future.
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