Exynos 2100 vs Snapdragon 888: Battery testing the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra versions

14 February 2021
After looking into the performance of the two chipsets, we decided to move on to some differential battery comparisons, as well.

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  • MrDong

SgRepeat, 14 Feb 2021The average user in India uses the phone for web browsing, ... moreSo you're saying that 4-5 hr SoT is when the phone's screen res is set to QHD?

Xynos 2100 ftw.

SgRepeat, 14 Feb 2021If the iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 95h endurance rating gets 6... moreSo it should. As Variable refresh rate can save battery.. still the more apps you use, the faster the battery will deplete in android device. As such, one should consider this as a con of android and set expectations 10% lower. But 7 hours 30 mins screen on time is natural for s21 ultra

  • Anonymous

the ., 14 Feb 2021cpu is equal or actually faster due to clock speeds highe... more"5mm process of Samsung not equivalent to snapdragon so a disadvantage here".

Litography has nothing to do with chip design.

  • Tommy

AhmedSLL, 14 Feb 2021This is the 2nd comparison I've seen and it seems they... moreNaah, they are on par now and exynos can be even little bit faster in real life perfomance, it's got higher clockspeed and faster connection speeds, upload and download speeds are better.

SgRepeat, 14 Feb 20217-8 hours is a very respectable figure, especially with WQH... moreYeah, forgot to add AOD off, I only use double-tap to wake the phone and see notifications. I got used to it years ago, so I don't really need AOD. Especially since it's a big battery hog.

  • the .

r31ya, 14 Feb 2021Apparently Exynos 2100 still a step (or half step really) b... morecpu is equal or actually faster due to clock speeds higher

gpu is mali gpu can't expect much but its improved

5mm process of Samsung not equivalent to snapdragon so a disadvantage here

amd exynos gpu current rumours are 2-3x faster than apples a14 if that's lives up to expectations exynos could be back on the top or a total disaster as amd ike to run hot anyways

everything else pretty much on level except cameras

  • Anonymous

DroidBoye, 14 Feb 2021Exynos is fine on fairly light use but once you put higher ... moreSource?

Hello Life, 14 Feb 2021Yes, but gsmarena's battery test is not about how much... moreIf the iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 95h endurance rating gets 6.5 hours SOT with a 6.5 inch 1080p 60 Hz OLED screen, I'd expect the S21 Ultra with a 6.8 inch 1440p 120 Hz OLED screen with an endurance rating of 114 hours to get at least 7-8 hours SOT.

SgRepeat, 14 Feb 2021While I do agree that Gsmarena is impartial, it does make o... moreYes, but gsmarena's battery test is not about how much battery life you can get out of your phone. It's a stat with which you can compare it with other phones and set an expectation. For example, my previous phone was iPhone 7 Plus, which had 75H Gsmarena rating. before buying 12 pro max last month, i checked their reviews, and saw 95H for this phone. I used to get 5 hours screen on time new on 7 plus, so i could understand from the gsmarena battery test that iphone 12 pro with larger display and all other changes can still add 26% more battery o my 7 plus screen on time. I am getting 6.5 hours SOT with same usage.

And yes screen on time will differ based on apps, usage, and ambient temperature. India has a very hot temperature and I stay in Kolkata. I get better battery life in winters than in summers. So I can relate. When I play pubg(with vpn sadly, due to ban), my Ipad gets much hotter in summer and battery drains nearly twice as fast. So much so that I have top place the ipad directly infront of AC to even touch the back.

Apparently Exynos 2100 still a step (or half step really) behind SD888, but the performance does get much closer compared to the previous generation.

Hoping that it'll match or even outperform the next gen SD8xx as next Exynos 2xxx will have custom AMD GPU.

  • No Fan Boy

SgRepeat, 14 Feb 2021In India, 90% of the buyers are complaining of a SOT of 4-5... moreI am from India...and i am using S21 Ultra and getting more than 8+ hrs of screen on time consistently with my kind of usage...stop spreading lies...!

Hello Life, 14 Feb 2021Gsmarena's battery testing technique remains same for ... moreWhile I do agree that Gsmarena is impartial, it does make one think about the wildly varying battery life people have been reporting.

In India, most of the user reports contain mention of the poor battery life. I didn't expect that a phone with an endurance rating of 114 hours would have an SOT of 4-5 hours.

This is actually great news for folks who live in Europe, because Exynos flagships no longer falls behind SD flagships. Yes, SD888 is still a bit more powerful, especially in GPU, but endurance isn't an issue anymore. One can get superb experiences with both versions.

  • Anonymous

sohail shafayat, 14 Feb 2021it's not fortune telling, it's experienceThe two chipsets have been out for less than 6 months. What experience are you talking about?

zodiacfml, 14 Feb 2021wow, what a samsung supported publication. your test is lik... moreGsmarena's battery testing technique remains same for every device for as long as I can remember. If you don't trust this website. don't come here. I believe in these guys and their testing. Helped me jump from phones to better phones. I change phones every 6 months and I have used over 40 phones in my life (+1000 others I tried in store and friend's) and all of them matches up to the expectation set by gsmarena.

P.S.- Before you even get into trust issues with me, a fellow reader.. No I don't work for gsmarena.. they didn't pay me.. heck they don't even do any giveaways like youtube channels to gain viewers, I just love them and the work they do.

walkman8, 14 Feb 2021I'm getting 7-8h SOT with normal use, 6h if I really p... more7-8 hours is a very respectable figure, especially with WQHD+ and adaptive refresh rate.

If I bought the phone my settings would comprise of AOD on, dark mode, GPS always on, and Bluetooth on whenever I have to use the Galaxy Buds Plus. 5G would be off, since my country doesn't have 5G yet.

Wonder if I'd be able to get 7-9 hours with these settings.

This is the 2nd comparison I've seen and it seems they have fixed the battery life issue, but the sp888 is still more stable and more powerful on heavy tasks. So yes while it's a step towards the wright direction, the sp version is still superior.

MrDong, 14 Feb 2021Is the phone used for gaming or only browsing, calls, video... moreThe average user in India uses the phone for web browsing, social media, photos, and calls.

I had expected an SOT of 7-8 hours with this usage on WQHD+ and adaptive refresh rate.

Exynos is fine on fairly light use but once you put higher workload on it tends to throttle faster and the clocks would start to go all over the place (less stable). Snapdragon 888 is still better and uses less battery during high workload tests. I'd say that not all people would do stress test on a daily basis but as we all know, Samsung's selling these things with different SoC at the same pricepoint so it's actually justifiable that people would expect that they're at least on par but in reality they aren't.