14 January 2021
Samsung's newest Android flagship processor Exynos 2100 is now official. It will make its commercial debut with the Galaxy S21 series set to be launched tomorrow i.e. January 14th. It is the company's first flagship chipset to come with an integrated 5G modem. There are a number of features and improvements that make it a solid contender to Qualcomm Snapdragon 888's claim for the best Android flagship processor title.
The Exynos 2100 is built on the latest 5-nanometer Extreme Ultra-violet (EUV) process node. It is an octa-core processor headlined by a single ARM Cortex-X1 core clocked at 2.9GHz. It further features three Cortex-A78 cores and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores to complete the CPU architecture. Samsung says the processor is capable of delivering up to 10% performance boost while being up to 20% more power-efficient than the 7nm processor.
As for graphics performance, the processor is packed with ARM's Mali-G78 GPU. It supports Vulkan and OpenCL APIs among others that are said to offer an impressive 40% improvement in graphics processing. Samsung is claiming "most immersive on-screen mobile experiences yet" with the GPU when it comes to gaming, augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality. It further has a tri-core NPU with a new design that should improve the processing power even more.
Samsung is taking megapixels war to another level by offering a new ISP which is compatible with up to 200-megapixel camera sensor. It can work with six individual camera sensors on a device and use up to four of them at the same time for concurrent photography. The latter can be helpful in different scenarios like improving the zoom performance and ultra-wide-angle shots quality. It will also be able to shoot videos in 8K resolution and that too at 60fps.
The Exynos 2100 is undoubtedly a 5G-capable processor for flagship smartphones. It can work with both mmWave and Sub-6GHz 5G bands as well as 2G GSM/CDMA, 3G WCDMA, and 4G LTE networks. Samsung says that the processor is currently under mass production which is not surprising to hear.