Specs comparison: Samsung Exynos 8895 vs. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

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Samsung unveiled the Exynos 8895 SoC, the company’s next-generation flagship smartphone processor, yesterday. Even though the new chipset’s model number is 8895, the company is categorizing it as an Exynos 9 series SoC. The South Korean electronics components giant also announced that the chipset is already being mass produced at Samsung’s foundries. It will most probably debut with the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus next month.

The Exynos 8895 is quite identical to the Snapdragon 835 chipset from Qualcomm, which was unveiled last year. Both these chipsets are built using Samsung’s 10nm LPE FinFET process, and feature 64-bit octa-core CPUs, support for 4K screens, dual-ISPs, Gigabit LTE modems, Bluetooth 5.0, and faster wired and wireless charging solutions. Both the chipsets are optimised for 4K and VR content as well as AI and machine learning.

The Exynos 8895 is Samsung’s first Heterogeneous System Architecture (HSA) compliant SoC, which means that the CPU, GPU, and the interconnect can access data from a common memory. To point out key similarities and differences of these two chipsets, we’ve made a comparison table that you can refer below.

Exynos 8895 Snapdragon 835
Process 10nm FinFET 10nm FinFET
CPU Cores Octa-Core, 64-bit Octa-Core, 64-bit
CPU 4 x 2.5GHz Exynos M2 + 4 x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53 4 x 2.45GHz Kryo 280 + 4 x 1.9GHz Kryo 280
GPU ARM Mali-G71 MP20 Adreno 540
Display Resolution 4K UHD (4096 x 2160) or WQUXGA (3840 x 2400) 60FPS 4K UHD (4096 x 2160) 60FPS
Graphics API Support OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.0, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 11, Renderscript OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.0, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12, Renderscript
RAM LPDDR4X 2 x 32-bit LPDDR4X 1866MHz
Storage eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1, & SD 3.0 eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.1, & SD 3.0
ISP Dual ISP Dual ISP
Camera 28MP Single, 28MP+16MP Dual 32MP Single, 16MP Dual
Camera Technologies Dual-Pixel, PDAF Hybrid AF, Optical Zoom, Face Detection, HDR Video
Video Recording Up to 4K @ 120FPS Up to 4K @ 30FPS
Video Playback & Codecs MFC, Up to 4K @ 120FPS; H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP9 Up to 4K @ 60FPS; H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP9
Audio Unknown Chipset, Possibly with aptX Qualcomm Aqstic, Qualcomm aptX HD
DSP VPU Qualcomm Hexagon
Modem LTE Cat. 16 5CA 1Gbps Download; LTE Cat. 13 2CA 150Mbps Upload LTE Cat. 16 4CA 1Gbps Download; LTE Cat. 13 2CA 150Mbps Upload
Wi-Fi Dual-Band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n with MU-MIMO Wi-Fi ad, Dual-Band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n with MU-MIMO
Bluetooth

5.0

5.0

Global Positioning GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS
Security Samsung KNOX, Security Processing Unit Qualcomm Secure MSM, Qualcomm Haven, Qualcomm Studio Access, Qualcomm SafeSwitch
Charging Samsung Adaptive Fast Charge, Fast Wireless Charging (Qi & PMA) Quick Charge 4.0 (USB PD Compatible), WiPower

 

As you can see in the comparison table, the Exynos 8895 supports 4K video recording and playback at 120fps, while the Snapdragon 835 is limited to 4K video recording at 30fps and 4K video playback at 30fps. However, our preliminary findings suggest that the Adreno 540 GPU inside the Snapdragon 835 could end up being more powerful than the Mali-G71 MP20 GPU that’s used in the Exynos 8895. The Adreno 540 also supports DirectX12 API, while the Mali-G71 is limited to DirectX 11. Both support Vulkan 1.0, though, which is more important going forward.

In the connectivity department, both chipsets support Cat. 16 LTE standard with theoretical download speeds of up to 1Gbps (5CA in Exynos 8895 and 4CA in Snapdragon 835) and upload speeds of up to 150Mbps (Cat. 13 2CA). The Snapdragon chipset, however, supports the latest Wi-Fi 802.11 ad (60GHz) standard, which is helpful for transmitting data at a theoretical speed of 7Gbps, but at a shorter distance only. The Exynos is still limited to dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac. Both chipsets support the new Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity standard.

Overall, it appears that CPU performance of both these chipsets could be similar, while the Snapdragon 835 marching ahead in terms of graphical performance. The Exynos 8895 has a stronger video recording and playback game, thanks to support for 4K videos at 120 fps. The Qualcomm chipset has more connectivity options, which is generally why so many smartphone brands, including Samsung, use Snapdragon chipsets. Samsung might use both these chipsets in the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus, depending on the market.

It’s hard to declare the winner now, solely based on the specifications of these chipsets. We’ll have to wait and test both the variants of the Galaxy S8 to see which one performs better. Samsung is also notoriously known for optimizing the Exynos variants of its Galaxy smartphones better than the Snapdragon variants, which makes it even harder to judge which is a superior chipset. Which one do you think would perform better this year? Do you prefer Snapdragon or Exynos? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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ra54
4 months 17 days ago
ra54

In Europe location service Galileo NOT usable !!!, while Galileo is the europian location service
In Usa is Galileo usable !!!

WattsvilleBlues
7 months 27 days ago
WattsvilleBlues

Disappointing showing from the Snapdragon for 4K framerate 🙁

TheSparda
7 months 28 days ago
TheSparda

Both of them don’t seem to be huge leaps in power over the previous processors. I would reckon that the A10 fusion will still outperform both processors. Both are definitely going to lose out to the A11 on the iphone 8/7s (whatever it is going to be called).

SyLvEsTeR20007
7 months 28 days ago
SyLvEsTeR20007

IMO, the Enynos will be the better option, while 4k HDR recording on the SD835 is interesting, most people are more fond of stills and the Enynos with its 4k@120fps inducates to me that it will be far better at catching a sharper image of a moving object as the SD835 will be sampling at a 1/4 of the speed of the Enynos.

Add to this that samsung have direct access to the developers of the Enynos and you can be sure that it will be coded anf oprimised better than the SD version.

7 months 28 days ago
Geffá Oliveira

There’s one thing I find better about the video recording in the SD835 and that is HDR video recording. This can possibly be the next big thing in terms of image quality.

HomerS66
7 months 28 days ago
HomerS66

It doesnt matter which GPU has higher peak performance in benchmark tests, it’s more important which performance can be run stable for a longer time and there the Snapdragon chip usually thottles faster than the Exynos chip.

GP1
7 months 28 days ago
GP1

In Europe we usually get the Enynos version, which I usually prefer.
It seems that it lack support for the European Galileo GNSS (which is bad), while the Snapdragon supports it.
If this is true, then I hope we get the Snapdragon version in Europe.

7 months 28 days ago
Geffá Oliveira

Not happening. We will get the Exynos

Mreveryphone
7 months 28 days ago
Mreveryphone

They should just do all Exynos for all regions like they did with the S6 and Note 5…

7 months 28 days ago
chanhny

The ARM Mali-G71 GPU offers full support for current and next generation APIs, enabling advanced 3D graphics acceleration and GPU Compute functionality. This includes support for the Khronos OpenGL ES 3.2, 3.1/2.0/1.1, Vulkan 1.0 and OpenCL 1.1/1.2/2.0 Full Profile APIs*. Additionally support is provided for the Android Extension Pack, Android Renderscript and Microsoft Windows DirectX 12.

And only qualcomm work with microsoft support DX12 on windows. Exynos never run windows on it, only care vulkan. ^^

Hoggington
7 months 28 days ago
Hoggington

Crazy idea here…. You classify it as a 9 series SOC… Why not just name it the Exynos 9000?

Ffs

And the specs are quite different. Not sure why you guys say they are similar. Hardly. The Exynos is more beasty, in many ways. I’d like 4k@120fps. Yes please.

7 months 28 days ago
Geffá Oliveira

Remember one thing, the SD835 can record HDR videos.

maccyb
7 months 28 days ago
maccyb

It’s interesting that both SoCs can handle a 4k resolution screen. Will we get a surprise of 4k capabilities with the new Gear VR on S8 ?

ProdByEchelon
7 months 28 days ago
ProdByEchelon

The Exynos version will still be more optimized

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