American semiconductor giant Qualcomm is expected to launch its future flagship Smartphone processor Snapdragon 865 in November 2019. Samsung has announced its next-generation flagship processor Exynos 990 in October 2019. Although Qualcomm’s flagship processor is not officially announced yet few key details are leaked ahead of its launch. Based on the leaked information, we have compared Snapdragon 865 vs Exynos 990. So, take our early comparison with a pinch of salt.
Snapdragon 865 vs Exynos 990 Comparison
The most prominent point of Snapdragon 865 chip will be that it will be manufactured using TSMC’s 7nm+ EUV(Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography) process. On the other hand, Exynos 990 arrives with industry’s 7nm EUV processing technology.
The Snapdragon 865 will include ARM’s Cortex-A77 cores which could offer a 20% performance improvement over the Snapdragon 855‘s Cortex-A76. Exynos 990 uses two powerful custom cores, two Cortex-A76 core for its high performance and four Cortex-A55 cores for low power usage. That means, unlike its predecessor Exynos 9820, we will see Samsung’s Mongoose core architecture on its flagship processor. We expected, instead of Samsung’s Mongoose architecture this time they are going for ARM’s Cortex architecture, but Samsung has not replaced Mongoose with ARM Cortex in their flagship.
Furthermore, the Exynos 990 has the Mali-G77 MP11 GPU built on the on ARM’s Valhall architecture to boost up to 20 per cent graphics performance than its predecessor. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 865 will be equipped with the next-gen Qualcomm Adreno GPU for the better gaming experience.
Upcoming Qualcomm flagship Snapdragon 865 SoC will be available in two versions, one with built-in 5G connectivity and another one with LTE/GSM connectivity. In the case of Exynos 990, it comes with Exynos 5123 5G modem which is based on the 7nm EUV process. The modem supports a range of networks including 5G’s sub-6GHz and mmWave spectrums to 2G GSM/CDMA.
The benchmark score for Snapdragon 865 was also leaked online which shows the highest score yet till date. It scored 4,034 single-core points and 12,100 multicore points which are 10% higher than any previous chips from Qualcomm. As of now, Exynos 990 SoC is yet to be spotted on the benchmark platform.
The first phone powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is the Titanium M6 5G from Chinese brand 8848. But, it will not be released until 2020 as the SDM865 SoC yet to be unveiled officially. On the other hand, we are likely to see Exynos 990 on Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S11+ in January 2020.
Specifications table to find out differences
|SoC||Snapdragon 865||Exynos 990|
|CPU||Octa-core, Cortex-A77, Up to 3.00 GHz clock speed, 64-bit Architecture||Octa-core (2x Exynos M5 + 2x Cortex A76 + 4x Cortex A55)|
|GPU||Adreno 730 (Expected)||Mali-G77 MP11 GPU|
|Process||TSMC's 7nm+||Samsung's 7nm EUV|
|Storage||UFS 3.0, UFS 2.1||UFS 3.0, UFS 2.1|
|Display||Upto 4K UHD (4096x2160)||Upto 4K UHD (4096x2160)|