Exynos 2100 vs Snapdragon 888: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra sustained performance and throttling test

21 February 2021
We did some torture testing on the two variants, just to see which one holds-up better under sustained load.

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  • Anonymous

Nick Tegrataker, 22 Feb 2021Are you seriously trying to dismiss this large difference i... moreTypical Samsung Fanboys. Almost 50 percent performance drop is a very big issue and these fanboys is trying hard to defend. No wonder Samsung became a greedy company these people will eat whatever Samsung feeds them. After Galaxy S8 everything became crap and greed

Anonymous, 22 Feb 2021They are just a bunch of crybabies. Snapdragon chipsets are... moreAre you seriously trying to dismiss this large difference in throttling behaviour as being "just a few points lower here or there in synthetic benchmarks"? Uh, ok..

Ejaz123, 21 Feb 2021Snapdragon is better in camera. Gsmarena why u didn't ... moreNot necessarily. It all depends on the camera's software. There's not much significant difference between the two in terms of the photo quality.

  • Fwz

nexsss12, 22 Feb 2021It doesn't even matter which chipset is better between... moreThe camera preferences are Not the same Sadly we tested them Q888 qhen mostly 9 of 10 shots /it's sharper and better pictures mean they used different type of camera sensors sony imx and Samsung isoCell /now which is which I don't know but i guess sony is on 888 / still we pay for less here /why not make the camera The Same.??

So the Exynos chipset has better battery life, but the Snapdragon chipset performs faster. Hmmm... it depends whether if you heaving gaming and computing on the phone. For someone like me who really likes to use DeX, I might take the Snapdragon version.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 22 Feb 2021after 2 years one would really see the difference between e... moreSure 56 percent dropped performance in exynos compared to 77 percent drop in snapdragon is a
LITTLE" difference. Anyone considering buying exynos version with almost 50 percent drop in performance is either retarded or insane fanboy.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 22 Feb 2021Wait 8 months. All samsung phones get slower before 1 yea... moreThat is no longer true, in my experience. And my other phone is a OnePlus, so I know what 'lag-free' means.

  • Siva

Heard exynos 2100 has some serious heating issue. Many complaints that within 5 mins of camera usages the temperature increased from room temp 28°c to 45°c and also the camera shut by itself. This is a huge increase. In summer the room temperature touches even 40°C, having doubt the phone may crosses 56°c.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 22 Feb 2021Well, in daily life I've had absolutely no issues with... moreThey are just a bunch of crybabies. Snapdragon chipsets aren't that much better than Exynos. Just a few points lower here or there in synthetic benchmarks. Samsung should just use Exynos in all their phones and get rid of the Snapdragon variant. Then these crybabies won't have anything to cry about.

  • Tsunami

Anonymous, 22 Feb 2021No lag on my S21 Ultra even under stress and no heating up ... moreI agree! I don't have ny heat problems or other problems with exynos.

No ios, 21 Feb 2021If you are buying an android phone always go for snapdragon.The only downside is that all snapdragon variants are essentially barred from unlocking the bootloader, which makes it a bad option for those who want to continue extending the life of their phones through custom ROMs.

Anonymous, 22 Feb 2021Well, in daily life I've had absolutely no issues with... moreThen that's great news for you! However, for more than a thousand dollar 2021 flagship phone, I'm certainly expecting better. Either make the slightly weaker version a little cheaper, or simply make both versions equally as good. It's not like anyone should be concerned about whether their unit will be a good one or nah, especially in the high-end segment.

  • Anonymous

nexsss12, 22 Feb 2021It doesn't even matter which chipset is better between... moreProblem is : outside North America people pay at least 15% more for Exynos. Add to this the non-Ultra versions use exmor, which is superior to isocell counterpart.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 22 Feb 2021No lag on my S21 Ultra even under stress and no heating up ... moreWait 8 months.
All samsung phones get slower before 1 year old.

  • Anonymous

after 2 years one would really see the difference between exynos and snapdragon. having use both before snapdragon would hold up much better in the long term especially in regards to heat

It doesn't even matter which chipset is better between two. What matters is that there will always be an inferior chipset
Maybe next year it would be Snapdragon which is bad and Exynos steals the show. The problem is samsung expects user to pay the exact same price when selling two different chipsets which result in a different user name experience for both. it's like a laptop company selling a laptop with a 2070 GPU in one region and an 5700xt in another for the same price. Even though they both are somewhat great GPUs, the user experience will be different for both. So its not fair to sell them at the same price. Either ditch one chipset and ship all phones with an identical chipset, or account the difference in performance with a price cut.

  • Anonymous

Chrisgerry101, 21 Feb 2021I prefer using Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G ... Exynos lags... moreNo lag on my S21 Ultra even under stress and no heating up stop talking about what you don't know

  • Anonymous

Shanti Dope, 22 Feb 2021Exactly what I've initially thought. The Exynos is alr... moreWell, in daily life I've had absolutely no issues with performance of my Exynos S21 Ultra at all. And that's doing alot of high performance tasks with no heating problems nothing

  • Anonymous

Curtisjr1, 21 Feb 2021Exynos>Kirin>snapdragonLol on what basis?

Exactly what I've initially thought. The Exynos is already giving out its best just to keep up, while the Snapdragon is still calm and working heavily but not extremely stressed.

For those who are saying that these minimal things won't matter in daily life, it's basically like saying you won't need this amount of power since you won't be doing phone tasks that would utilize a lot of power from the SoC, in which you could've simply saved some cash and went for a mid ranger or old flagship instead.
The fact that these two models even have such difference while costing the same is an unfair treatment to those who will purchase the inferior version.
Heck, I even bet that the reason that SD888 is not as efficient as last year's SD865/865+ is because of their switch to Samsung's fabrication process from TSMC.