So we’ve talked about the Exynos 990 processor that is going to power. The Galaxy S11 devices in markets like Europe, Asia and more. It does bring some significant improvements such as support for 120Hz display, LPDDR5 RAM, 108MP camera and more. Samsung again is going to use two chipsets for the Galaxy S11. Another one is from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 865 chipset. So people are interested to see what new improvements the successor to the Snapdragon 855+ would bring to the table.
By the way, Qualcomm will officially announce its next flagship processor the Snapdragon 865 on December 3. Today we already got the information about the chipset and its full specifications. First up, the chipset is being manufactured on a 7nm process the same as. The Snapdragon 855 and its made by Samsung. But the difference is the 865 is made using Samsung’s EUV process which is a superior technology compared to TSMC’s manufacturing that was used to make the 855. So even though both 855 and 865 are 7nm chipsets, the latter should see some performance gains.
By the way, the Exynos 990 is also made using the EUV process. Second, here is the chip configuration. Qualcomm is using 8 cores. There are one high-performance cortex A77 clocked at 2.84GHz. Along with three Cortex-A77 cores clocked at 2.42GHz and four Cortex-A55 cores clocked at 1.8GHz. As you can see, this is a totally different configuration compared to the Exynos 990. Exynos is still using Cortex A76 performance cores which is a year old technology compared to A77. On the 865, which means the Exynos variant of the Galaxy S11 might still fall. Behind the Snapdragon variant which by the way, is happening for a few years now.
Exynos’s M5 cores are really powerful compared to Snapdragon’s. Samsung is using A76 which obviously is going to fall behind just because it’s a year-old tech. I don’t know why Samsung does it. If I were to guess maybe the Custom M5 cores are really big to accommodate the A77 but that’s just a guess. But Thankfully Samsung is saying goodbye to the custom cores. The Galaxy S11 is going to be the last Samsung flagship with custom Exynos cores.
Going forward they’ll ARM’s architecture for their Exynos chipset. Moving on, the Snapdragon 865 will have Adreno 650 GPU clocked at 587MHz. A dedicated NPU chip, support for LPDDR5 RAM which is faster and more efficient than LPDDR4 which you can find on every other flagship phone out there including the Galaxy Note 10. The chipset will also support 8K HDR video encoding, this doesn’t mean that the Galaxy S11 can do it too. I’m sure Samsung will not enable it because there’s no need for 8K content right now.
All in all, there should be a 20% increase in performance compared to the Snapdragon 855 and 17-20% increase in GPU speed which is going to be good. The gameplay is going to get better. Qualcomm will officially announce this chipset on December 3. That’s when we’ll know the full details of what this chip is capable of. With the information we have, it’s safe to say the Snapdragon variant of the Galaxy S11 is going to be better again. Samsung honestly needs to up their game which thankfully they’re working on. The AMD collaboration for the GPU. Going all-in with ARM would surely make a difference but we’ll have to wait another year to see that happen.