Samsung Galaxy S11 Full specification and technical details
So as you already know, Samsung uses two different chipsets in their phones. One is their own in-house Exynos chip and the other one is from Qualcomm the Snapdragon chip. It depends on the region which chipset you’ll end up getting. That’s why these two types of chips are used in Samsung Galaxy S11. We’ve seen the Exynos chipsets tend to perform better than the Snapdragon excepting the GPU department. Where the Adreno GPU from Qualcomm is way better than Mali from Exynos. What we’re seeing from a couple of years is that the Snapdragon SOC is taking a lead not only in GPU. It’s been confirmed in many of the speed tests. In particular, the speed test between the Exynos and Snapdragon variants of the Galaxy Note 10+. As you can see the Snapdragon variant beats the Exynos by a massive 20 seconds. You can see Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus -Top 10 features and Review.
Galaxy S11 CPU test
What was surprising to me was that in the CPU test. For this reason, we have been tested Samsung Galaxy S11 and CPU. An area, where the Exynos tend to perform better than Snapdragon. The Exynos still fall behind by almost 4 seconds. It’s been happening for a couple of years. You might be wondering why? Well, let me explain. I’m not going to talk about the difference in speed in GPU because we all know, the Mali GPU from Exynos is inferior to the Adreno. No arguments there. But let’s take a look at why Exynos is falling behind in the CPU tests as well. The answer lies in the architecture of both of the CPUs. Both the Exynos and Snapdragon uses the same ARM’s architecture but uses different CPU configuration. Here’s the CPU configuration of the Snapdragon 855 and Exynos 9825 side by side.
The Snapdragon 855 features four Cortex-A76, which are accompanied by four Cortex-A55 cores. Exynos 9825 features 2 custom CPU and 2 Cortex-A75 cores, accompanied by four Cortex-A55 cores.
Samsung Galaxy S11 performance test
Pay close attention to the Cortex-A76 and A75 because the rest is the same. Here’s the performance difference between the A75 and 76. As you can see, there’s a difference of 35% in performance. The Exynos 9825 still uses the inferior A75, of course, it uses the A75 in combination with the custom M4 cores. M4 cores are really powerful but still, in combination with the A75 it’s not as good as the A76 that Qualcomm uses, and the test proves it. But thankfully though, it looks like all of these will change with the upcoming Galaxy S11. You see, Ice Universe is saying that the Exynos 9830 or whatever the name is going to be, will use the Cortex A77. The same one that Qualcomm is going to use for the Snapdragon 865. So that means the CPU architecture of both the Exynos 9830 and 865 will be identical.
Samsung Galaxy S-11 causes improved features
The Exynos 9830 should perform equal to the Snapdragon 865. Also, Ice Universe said that Samsung has fired its entire Austin CPU team in favor of ARM’s CPU architecture. In 2010 Samsung founded a design center in Austin called Samsung Galaxy Austin R&D Center. Where they hired many ex-AMD, ex-Intel, ex-ARM, and various other industry veterans. So firing them would mean Samsung will no longer use custom M4 cores and will directly use ARM’s architecture. It’s just like Qualcomm does with their Snapdragon chipsets. So if this is indeed true, because we can’t take Ice’s words for granted until. We hear from Samsung themselves, nonetheless. If this is true then there won’t be any performance difference between the Exynos and Snapdragon variants. Which is good for us consumers.
Now, the only thing Samsung needs to do is to get rid of the Mali GPU which will happen by the way. But not with the Galaxy S11. Galaxy S11 and AMD made a deal already. And Exynos chips with AMD’s Radeon graphics will only come to fruition in 2021. In any case, do let me know what you think about this.