According to Samsung, its new 5nm node allows the Exynos 2100 to consume 20% less power than its predecessor. This time around, the company also opted for a three-cluster design consisting of one Cortex-X1 core, three high-performance Cortex-A78 cores, and four high-efficiency Cortex-A55 cores. The Exynos 2100 is one of the first chipsets to include an X1 core. Unlike the company’s usual designs, the X1 prioritizes performance above all else. With the help of the X1, Samsung claims that the Exynos 2100 offers 30% better multi-core performance than its predecessor. Coincidentally, multicore performance is another area where high-end Exynos chipsets have always kept pace with their Snapdragon competitors. A new tri-core neural processing unit minimizes unnecessary AI operations, again increasing power efficiency compared to the Exynos 990.
On the GPU front, the chip features ARM’s latest Mali-G78 design. The component includes support for the latest Vulkan and OpenCL APIs and offers 40% improved graphics performance. Samsung has also equipped the Exynos 2100 with a new Image Signal Processor (ISP) that can connect to six individual camera sensors and process information from four simultaneously, as well as support resolutions up to 200 megapixels. If we had to guess, the ISP is a preview of the kind of camera body we can expect from the Galaxy S21.
If the company sticks to its usual strategy of dual-sourced processors for its high-end phones, the Exynos 2100 will make its way into the international variant of the Galaxy s21. Meanwhile, the North American version of the S21 will feature the new Snapdragon 888 Chipset. With the S21 one of our first chances to see both chips in action, it will be interesting to see if Samsung was able to close the gap between it and Qualcomm.