Samsung does two different chipsets on its Galaxy smartphones. The newly started Samsung Galaxy S20 also arrives with Snapdragon 865 and Exynos 990 depending on the area. Now, there’s a request for Samsung to stop working Exynos chipsets on their Galaxy phones.
The Exynos vs Snapdragon problem jumps up every year while Samsung publishes its flagships. Samsung has again decided to use two different chipsets in its latest Galaxy S20 series. One is from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 865 in regions such as the United States, Canada, and China. While the rest of the world uses chipsets made by Samsung themselves, the Exynos 990. And again, as usual, the Exynos is performing quite worse compared to its counterpart the Snapdragon.
We complained about this quite a few times in the past and now, there’s a petition to stop the usage of Exynos chips in Galaxy devices. As you can see, it not only suggests Samsung to stop the Exynos chips but also to use Sony’s camera sensors instead of their own ISOCELL sensors. Here’s exactly what it reads, Outside of the US, Samsung sells phones that use their own-branded Exynos SoC chips, instead of using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon.
Samsung also uses its own-brand camera sensors, whereas, in the US, they use parts from specialists Sony. Based on reality, and studies of numerous references online, we think Samsung’s parts to be inferior to their US counterparts. Phones with Exynos SoC chips are bestowed to work slower, have shorter battery life, use inferior camera sensors and processing, heat, and throttle more active, amongst different problems.
At the very least, we would enjoy if Samsung were clear about their differences. Alternatively, for Samsung to ensure we weren’t spending the same price or even more important than our US friends. We have had to take this over many years over several iterations of the flagship phones.
Every year we have expected for Samsung to either give us the same device, or make their parts perform on par with the race. They have failed to deliver on these requests over and over again and the performance gap only appears to widen over time. In the age of clarity, it is time for a change and us consumers to have the right to decide what we spend our hard-earned money on.
Samsung, please hear us! We admire your devices also want to be treated fairly so that we can proceed to enjoy them. Now some of you may wonder, why Samsung uses 2 chipsets? If the Exynos is worse than Snapdragon then why use it in the first place? Well, While Samsung hasn’t detailed why it uses both Qualcomm and its own Exynos designs in its phones, we can make a few guesses.
Qualcomm has an efficient monopoly on the CDMA type, and for Samsung to allow its phones on Verizon, it needs to use a Snapdragon chipset. So why doesn’t Samsung now use the Snapdragon 865 here? Because Samsung stands to make more money in global markets by pushing its in-house solution preferably of paying Qualcomm, so it uses Exynos chipsets in GSM-only markets, the same can more be said for the camera sensors.
The performance disparity is indeed real, the Exynos performs around 20% worse than its Snapdragon counterpart every single year to the point that it feels like these are two different devices.
There’s a generational gap between these two so it only makes sense for them to now offer only the Snapdragon variants until they fix the Exynos processor. And thankfully they are actually doing something about it. Samsung has partnered with AMD to bring their Radeon graphics to Exynos which on paper means better graphics than the Mali GPU.
It’s also possible that the graphics could be even better than Qualcomm’s Adreno. Also, Samsung has decided to scrap their custom Mangoos cores and will directly use ARM’s architecture just like Qualcomm does for their Snapdragon chips which means the Exynos should perform on par with the Snapdragon chipsets.
So basically, Samsung looks to be set to make some major changes to its silicon-making department. The Exynos chips are getting better and if all goes as planned, it will perform on par with its Snapdragon counterpart.
Now, reports say we will be able to see this happen next year, possibly for the Galaxy S21 and fingers crossed that it actually happens and we don’t have to sign a petition like this again next year. Do let me know your thoughts down in the comments and as always I’ll see you tomorrow…Peace out!