Samsung Exynos 2100 vs Apple A14 Bionic: Who Wins?

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 2100Apple A14 Bionic
Lithography5 nm5 nm
Base frequency2.4 GHz1.8 GHz
Turbo frequency2.9 GHz3.1 GHz
Energy cores4x ARM Cortex A55 @ 2.4 GHz4x Apple Icestorm @ 1.8 GHz
High performance cores1x ARM Cortex-X1 @ 2.9 GHz3x ARM Cortex A78 @ 2.8 GHz2x Apple Firestorm @ 3.1 GHz
Cache memory4 MB8 MB
Memory capacity12 GB6 GB
Memory typesLPDDR5-5500LPDDR4X DRAM
Memory channels44
Max memory bandwidth51.2 GB/s42.7 GB/s
GPU integrated graphicsARM Mali-G78 MP14Apple A14 Bionic GPU
GPU execution units144

A14 Bionic vs Exynos 2100: Tests & Benchmarks

Samsung Exynos 2100 vs Apple A14 Bionic

Geekbench 5

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-70-1024x486.pngIn 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

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is image-72.pngIn 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.

Multimedia (ISP)

Exynos 2100A14 Bionic
Storage typeUFS 3.1NVMe
Max display resolution4096 x 21602732 x 2048
Max camera resolution1x 200MP
Video capture8K at 30FPS, 4K at 120FPS4K at 60FPS
Video playback8K at 60FPS4K at 60FPS
Video codecsH.264, H.265, AV1, VP9H.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 speedUpload speed
A14 Bionic2000 Mbps316 Mbps
Exynos 21003000 Mbps422 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!

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