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Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Has Samsung finally won?

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Last updated: January 18th, 2022 at 15:31 UTC+02:00

Samsung unveiled the Exynos 2200 earlier today. It is the company’s new flagship chipset for high-end smartphones, and it will debut inside the Galaxy S22 series. It offers improved performance compared to the Exynos 2100, thanks to its new CPU and AMD GPU. Samsung even claims to provide better imaging and faster connectivity with its new processor. But how does it compare to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1?

The Exynos 2200 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 are very similar chips. Both are fabricated using Samsung Foundry’s 4nm LPE process and use ARM v9 CPU cores. They both use one Cortex-X2 core, three Cortex-A710 cores, and four Cortex-A510 cores. Both chips feature quad-channel LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 storage, GPS, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, and 5G connectivity with up to 10Gb/s download speeds.

Both flagship chips support up to 200MP camera sensors. The Exynos 2200 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 support can capture 108MP images with zero shutter lag. While the Exynos 2200 can capture 64MP and 32MP images simultaneously without any lag, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 can go a little higher with 64MP+36MP simultaneous capture.

While Samsung claimed that its new chip can process four camera streams simultaneously, the company didn’t reveal the resolution of those streams. Both chips can record 8K 30fps and 4K 120fps videos.

Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 specifications

Exynos 2200 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
Fabrication Process 4nm EUV (Samsung Foundry) 4nm EUV (Samsung Foundry)
CPU 1x Cortex-X2
3x Cortex-A710
4x Cortex-A510
1x Cortex-X2 @ 3GHz
3x Cortex-A710 @ 2.5GHz
4x Cortex-A510 @ 1.8GHz
GPU Xclipse 920 (Based On AMD RDNA 2), Ray-Tracing, VRS, HDR10, HDR10+ Adreno (Adreno 730) @ 818MHz, VRS, Dolby Vision, HDR10, HDR10+, HLG
DSP 4K 120Hz, QHD+ 144Hz 4K 120Hz, QHD+ 144Hz
NPU Dual-Core (With 2x Performance Over Exynos 2100) Triple-Core
RAM Quad-Channel LPDDR5 Quad-Channel LPDDR5
Storage UFS 3.1 UFS 3.1
ISP Up To 200MP
108MP @ 30FPS
64MP+32MP @ 30FPS
8K 30FPS Video
4K 120FPS Video
Up To 200MP
108MP @ 30FPS
64MP+36MP @ 30FPS
36MP+36MP+36MP @ 30FPS
8K 30FPS Video + 64MP Photo
4K 120FPS Video + 64MP Photo
Modem Integrated 5G Modem (mmWave/Sub-6GHz)
Up to 10Gbps (Dual-Connection Mode)
Up To 3.67Gbps Upload
Integrated 5G Modem (mmWave/Sub-6GHz)
Up to 10Gbps Download
Up To 3Gbps Upload
Location BeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS BeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi Direct Wi-Fi 6E, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.2 Bluetooth 5.2

 

The Exynos 2200 has a dual-core NPU and DSP, and Samsung claims that it offers twice the performance of the Exynos 2100. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, on the other hand, has a triple-core NPU.

Samsung’s new chip uses AMD’s RDNA 2-based Xclipse 920 GPU with hardware-accelerated ray-tracing and VRS (Variable Rate Shading). The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1’s Adreno GPU offers VRS, too, but it lacks support for ray-tracing. Performance results for the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 are out already, and the Adreno GPU performs as well as Apple’s A15 Bionic to top the mobile gaming chart. Samsung hasn’t published any performance improvement numbers, but the new Xclipse GPU is expected to offer a sizeable jump in gaming performance.


On paper, they are both evenly matched, and only real-life tests will show which chipset offers better performance and power efficiency, especially under sustained load.

Since the Galaxy S22 is expected to be launched in both Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 variants, side-by-side testing of both variants can reveal which is a better processor and if Samsung has finally been able to match or defeat its Snapdragon counterpart.

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