It might be too early for this kind of news especially when you are not expecting the first Exynos 1000-powered Samsung phones to come until February next year. However, it’s something exciting to hear that Samsung might finally overtake its biggest competitor in 2021.
The information emerged from a Korean forum where various Geekbench scores were published. Two Samsung Galaxy S21 units were reportedly tested – one powered by Exynos 1000 and one has Snapdragon 875. In addition, there’s a Xiaomi Mi 11 phone with Snapdragon 875 was involved as well.
No screenshots have been shared so take this with a grain of salt. The single and multi-core scores of the Exynos 1000-powered Samsung are both higher than its Snapdragon 875 counterpart. In the single-core test, the Exynos 1000 got 1302 points and 4250 in multi whereas the Snapdragon 875 got 1159 and 4090, respectively. The Mi 11 isn’t too far off either with 1102 and 4113 points.
The source adds that there’s still an issue with ARM’s newly announced Cortex-X1 core so Samsung has decided to clock it higher leaving the Snapdragon 875 behind. You can say, this is a confirmation that both chipsets will make use of the Cortex-X1.
Nonetheless, it’s obvious that all of the handsets involved in the testing are early pre-production samples so the performance of both SoCs will likely go higher upon release. Still, this is probably the first time we see the Exynos coming on top and the fact that both chips will be based on Samsung’s 5nm process and will share similar architecture, it won’t be a surprise if the two SoCs come out neck to neck.