So a lot of you are already frustrated with the Exynos processors and many of you even signed a petition the company should abandon the Exynos lineup altogether and switch to Qualcomm’s chipsets for its smartphones. But it looks like the Exynos chipsets are going nowhere and in fact, more companies are adopting it.
In a very surprising move, Google has decided to use Exynos chipsets for Pixel phones. Yes, Samsung is reportedly planning custom Exynos chipset for Google, and that’s a big thing, and here’s why. First off, this report comes from South Korea which says that the custom Exynos processor could be driven by Google as soon as this year. It will be based on Samsung’s 5nm LPE process. Yes, we’re already getting the 5nm chipset this year.
It looks like Samsung is taking this step as a reaction to the Snapdragon 865 shenanigans. The performance disparity was quite big between the Exynos 990 and Snapdragon 865 this year, Samsung looks set to go ahead of Qualcomm with this 5nm chipset. But here’s where things are looking great for Exynos. With this new chipset, Samsung is abandoning the custom Mangoos cores and will use ARM’s stock cores instead.
That means the Exynos octa-core processor reportedly features two Cortex-A78 CPU cores, two Cortex-A76 CPU cores, and four Cortex-A55 CPU cores. For the first time in so many years, the Exynos chip will use the latest and greatest cortex A series cores which is going to be amazing.
The biggest reason Exynos Samsung phones get hot and have an inferior battery life is because of the custom mangoos cores. These require a lot of voltage to function and hence the heat generated is more and as a result, consumes more battery. Also because of this, the Exynos CPU throttles way before the Snapdragon if you do heavy gaming or an intensive task.
It’s important to note that the issue with Exynos processors is with power efficiency and performance. Since Samsung is ditching the custom Mangoos cores and are using the latest ARM cores, the biggest culprit here is done away with.
Now, The latest 5nm Exynos chipset should perform on par with the latest Snapdragon processor. As for the GPU, Samsung is working with AMD so that will see a huge improvement as well. But the problem is this 5nm Exynos chipset won’t use the AMD GPU this year. Instead, they will go with the ARM’s unannounced Mali GPU. That’s perfectly fine for now unless you are a hardcore gamer that pushes his device to its limit, you are not going to tell a difference between the Adreno and Mali GPU so it’s fine for this year at least.
We’ll get a worthy AMD GPU hopefully next year. Anyway, Google has also removed Samsung’s ISP and NPU to use its own Visual Core ISP and NPU. If you don’t know, ISP stands for Image signal processor and NPU, neural processing unit which is necessary for imaging and AI-related functions.
As you already know, Google is a master in these two departments and no wonder they’ve removed Samsung ISP and NPU in favor of their own. The bottom line, the Exynos chipsets are getting better and if it indeed releases this year then for the first time in 4 years, they’ll get ahead of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon. Surprisingly Samsung will let Google use this overhauled Exynos, Pixel 5 will probably going to use it first.
Since Snapdragon 865 comes with 5G onboard and is increasing the overall cost of making a smartphone, Google may have decided to go with Exynos which will likely help them keep the costs down. Samsung has a plan of becoming the world’s biggest system semiconductor company by 2030 and it looks like Google will be the first biggest client who’ll help Samsung make it happen.
With that being said, we have no information just yet whether or not the Galaxy Note 20 would have this new processor, I’ll make a separate posy for explaining the details so you can consider sharing this post for that and as always I’ll see you tomorrow…Peace out!