This year, the people are about to witness some real competition in the mobile processors as Samsung’s Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865 chipsets that will power the Galaxy S20 will be done at separate foundry production facilities but on the same second-gen 7nm process.
Qualcomm announced at the 865’s launch that it is going to be stocked with TSMC’s second-generation 7nm process. This is the exact same one that allowed Apple to cram 8.6 billion transistors in its A13 chipset in the iPhone 11 series. However, this is different from Samsung’s EUV method that the Exynos 990 is made with.
For the purpose of comparison, it was found that in the Galaxy S10 for the USbSnapdragon 855 was done at the first-gen 7nm production node. On the split side, Exynos 9820 for the global versions is on 8nm.
The benchmarks show that the Snapdragon is still faster than the Exynos.
The Exynos 990 that will be powering the global Galaxy S20 models incorporates Samsung’s 5G modem. The Snapdragon 865, the X55 modem, on the other hand, appears as a separate body that manufacturers can use to solve the problems of the complicated 5G connectivity.
Xiaomi released a few videos which demonstrated the power of the millions of transistors in Snapdragon 865
What impressed the people was that the Mi phone with Snapdragon 865 is solving a Rubic’s cube faster than the world champion. On the other hand, the fact that the chipset that will be in the US versions of the S20 manages to deal with a 10GB file in such less time is even more amazing.
It was found that the Snapdragon 865 in the S20+ scores a fair bit higher for the same clock speed since the s20+ has 12 GB RAM.