Recently, Samsung just announced its new Exynos 2100 chip in the Galaxy S21 (international version). And, it also features advanced 5-nanometer manufacturing like what we see in Apple A14 Bionic. But, which processor is the winner in this matchup? Read on to know the answer in our Samsung Exynos 2100 vs Apple A14 bionic comparison.
|Samsung Exynos 2100||Apple A14 Bionic|
|Lithography||5 nm||5 nm|
|Base frequency||2.4 GHz||1.8 GHz|
|Turbo frequency||2.9 GHz||3.1 GHz|
|Energy cores||4x ARM Cortex A55 @ 2.4 GHz||4x Apple Icestorm @ 1.8 GHz|
|High performance cores||1x ARM Cortex-X1 @ 2.9 GHz3x ARM Cortex A78 @ 2.8 GHz||2x Apple Firestorm @ 3.1 GHz|
|Cache memory||4 MB||8 MB|
|Memory capacity||12 GB||6 GB|
|Memory types||LPDDR5-5500||LPDDR4X DRAM|
|Max memory bandwidth||51.2 GB/s||42.7 GB/s|
|TDP||9 W||6 W|
|GPU integrated graphics||ARM Mali-G78 MP14||Apple A14 Bionic GPU|
|GPU execution units||14||4|
A14 Bionic vs Exynos 2100: Tests & Benchmarks
In our CPU benchmark tests, the Apple A14 Bionic can still prove itself as the fastest SoC around. Even though it has fewer cores, the A14 chip wins in both single-core and multi-core.
The Geekbench test results showed that the A14 Bionic is actually 35% faster than the Exynos 2100 in single-core. And, when it comes to multi-core, the latest Apple’s chipset also has 1029 points higher (around 25%).
However, this doesn’t mean that the Exynos 2100 is a slow processor. In fact, it is much faster than its previous generation. And, CPU speed is not the only thing to measure a processor performance here!
AnTuTu 8 Benchmark
In case you didn’t know, the AnTuTu benchmark measures the performance of the system on a chip (SoC) by simulating browser and app usage. As you can see, the Exynos has proven its power by scoring 667991 points compared to 628047 points of the A14 Bionic. Although the difference isn’t too significant here, this shows that the advantage of having two more cores actually increases the Exynos 2100 performance.
|Exynos 2100||A14 Bionic|
|Storage type||UFS 3.1||NVMe|
|Max display resolution||4096 x 2160||2732 x 2048|
|Max camera resolution||1x 200MP||–|
|Video capture||8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS||4K at 60FPS|
|Video playback||8K at 60FPS||4K at 60FPS|
|Video codecs||H.264, H.265, AV1, VP9||H.264, H.265, VP9, Motion JPEG|
Well, the ISP of the Exynos 2100 does have some impressive features here. From 200MP camera support to 4K video recording at 120FPS and 8K video playback at 60fps, you should notice the difference easily when using the S21 camera. In addition, the Exynos 2100 is also the first in the industry to support the AV1 Decoder for 8K. Meanwhile, the A14 Bionic is only a bit weaker with 4K video capture and playback at 60fps.
|Download speed||Upload speed|
|A14 Bionic||2000 Mbps||316 Mbps|
|Exynos 2100||3000 Mbps||422 Mbps|
It’s worth mentioning that both chipsets are designed to support mmWave and 5G. While the Exynos 2100 can reach up to 3000 Mbps, the A14 Bionic download speed is only around 2000 Mbps. The same goes with its upload speed, which is only 316 Mbps when compared with 422 Mbps of the Exynos 2100.
The Bottom Line
Overall, both of these are very fast and advanced chips! Although the full benchmarks are not available, since the first Exynos 2100-powered smartphone hasn’t been officially released yet. But, it is clear that the Exynos 2100 is a quite powerful CPU with the ability to handle 8K videos at 60 fps. Also, here are other notable points about the Samsung Exynos 2100 compared to Apple A14 Bionic:
- 2 more cores (8 vs 6)
- Supports 17% higher memory bandwidth (50 GB/s against 42.7 GB/s)
- Better AnTuTu 8 score (around 5% faster than the A14)
Well, the fact is Apple A14 won’t win every contest and neither will Samsung Exynos 2100! However, the Exynos 2100 brings Samsung to a new position to challenge Apple’s A14 Bionic and other mobile chips. The good thing here is that this will continue to keep pushing the mobile SoC devices towards faster and more capable designs in the coming years.
Let us know what you think about the Samsung Exynos 2100 and Apple A14 Bionic in the comments!