Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Has Samsung Outdone Qualcomm?

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was released last year, and we published an extensive comparison between the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and A15 Bionic to find whether Qualcomm can beat Apple in the silicon game. Now, Samsung recently released its in-house Exynos 2200 chipset that comes with the new AMD RDNA 2-powered Xclipse 920 GPU, and it has been making headlines with the release of the flagship Galaxy S22 series. So to find if we have got a winner in the Android world, we have today come up with a comparison between Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. We have compared these two chipsets based on CPU, GPU, ISP, and other specifications to see if Samsung has dethroned Qualcomm in the chipset war. On that note, let’s pit the Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and find out the winner.

Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: An In-depth Comparison (2022)

In this deep-dive comparison, we have discussed CPU architecture, the benchmark numbers of Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, how the AMD Xclipse 920 GPU fares against the Adreno GPU, and more. Expand the table below and move to any relevant section you want.

Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Specifications

Before we dive into the comparison, take a look at the specifications of Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.

 Exynos 2200Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
CPUOcta-core CPU, Built on ARMv9Kryo Octa-core CPU, Built on ARMv9
CPU Cores1x 2.80GHz (Cortex-X2)
3x 2.52GHz (Cortex-A710)
4x 1.82GHz (Cortex-A510)
[Via Geekbench]
1x 3.0GHz (Cortex-X2)
3x 2.5GHz (Cortex A710)
4x 1.8GHz (Cortex A510)
Process TechnologySamsung’s 4nm EUVSamsung’s 4nm EUV
GPUSamsung Xclipse 920 GPUAdreno GPU; Snapdragon Elite Gaming
Display4K at 120Hz and QHD+ at 144Hz4K at 60 Hz, QHD+ at 144 Hz
Machine Learning and AIAI Engine with Dual-core NPU and DSP7th-gen AI Engine; 3rd Gen Sensing Hub; 27TOPS
ISPSamsung-designed ISP18-Bit ISP; Snapdragon Sight
Camera CapabilityUp to 200MP in single camera mode, Single-camera 108MP @30fps, Dual-camera 64MP+ 32MP @30fps3.2 Gigapixels per second, 240 12MP photos in one second
Video CapabilityUp to 8K decoding: 60fps with
10-bit HEVC(H.265), 30fps with
10-bit VP9, AV1
Up to 8K encoding: 30fps with
10-bit HEVC(H.265), VP9
8K HDR, 18-bit RAW
Dedicated Bokeh Engine
ModemExynos' Integrated 5G Modem
7.35 Gbps Peak Download
3.67 Gbps Peak Upload
X65 5G Modem-RF
Up to 10 Gbps Peak Download
WiFi SupportWi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6EWi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E
BluetoothBluetooth 5.2Bluetooth 5.2, LE

Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: CPU

Beginning with the CPU design first, Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 are identical in terms of CPU architecture, core selection, and the fabrication process. Exynos 2200 packs an octa-core processor built on Samsung’s own 4nm EUV process and takes advantage of ARM’s new ARMv9 architecture.

The Exynos 2200 chipset features a powerful Cortex-X2 core, three Cortex-A710 cores, and four low-powered Cortex-A510 cores. The core frequencies are not specified by Samsung, but a recent Geekbench listing revealed Exynos 2200’s frequencies. As per the listing, the Cortex-X2 core is clocked at 2.80GHz, Cortex-A710 is clocked at 2.52GHz, and the Cortex-A510 is clocked at 1.82GHz. All these cores are designed by ARM and are successors to the Cortex-X1, A78, and A55.

Talking about the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, it’s also manufactured by Samsung’s foundry on the same 4nm EUV process. It also adopts the new ARMv9 microarchitecture. The core selection is also on the same lines as the Exynos 2200: a single Cortex-X2 core clocked at 3.0GHz (slightly higher than Exynos 2200); three Cortex-A710 cores clocked at 2.5GHz, and four Cortex-A510 cores are at a frequency of 1.8GHz.

From the specs so far, it looks like the CPU performance of Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 will be very similar, and nothing radical has been done by both companies.

ARM had touted that Cortex-X2 will bring 16% performance improvement over the X1, and A710 and A510 have got 10% and 35% performance jumps respectively over their predecessors. Having said that, we have not seen an overall significant jump in performance in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and it seems like Exynos 2200 will also boast the same level of performance.

Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: GPU

As we have been noticing the trend, most of the exciting changes are now happening in the GPU segment. The Exynos 2200 packs the long-rumored AMD RDNA 2-powered Xclipse 920 GPU, which has made tons of noise, but let’s see if it can outperform the new Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Samsung has not disclosed much about its new GPU. But from the leaks so far, it seems like Samsung is using 3 workgroup processors (or 6 compute units) for its GPU.

Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: GPU

The surprising part is that in the Geekbench OpenCL compute test, the website reports the Xclipse GPU has a maximum frequency of 555MHz, which is shockingly low. It could be a reporting error, but we have not heard anything from Samsung on the clock speed of the GPU to get the much-needed clarity. Samsung says its GPU can drive a 4K display at 120Hz and a QHD+ display at 144Hz, which is pretty good.

Moving to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, it comes with a new Adreno GPU with support for Snapdragon Elite Gaming. It can drive a QHD+ display at 144Hz and a 4K display at 60Hz. Here, Samsung’s Xclipse 920 GPU gets ahead of the Adreno GPU. Talking about some graphics-intensive tests, the Exynos 2200 scored 109FPS in the GFXBench Aztec Ruins (Normal) test, and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 placed much higher with 143 FPS.

However, in the Geekbench OpenCL benchmark test, the Exynos 2200 scored 9143 points, whereas the Adreno GPU scored just 6050 points. In the Vulkan API test as well, the Xclipse 920 GPU (9143) outperformed Adreno GPU (7285).

As we can see from the benchmark results, we cannot come to a firm conclusion as to which GPU is better. But we can say for sure that the AMD Xclipse 920 GPU on the Exynos 2200 packs a mighty punch. We need to wait for real-world gaming tests to find which one provides better thermal management with sustained gaming performance.

Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Benchmark Numbers

To ascertain the CPU performance improvement, let’s take a look at the benchmark numbers of Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. In a leaked Geekbench listing, Exynos 2200 scores 1164 in the single-core test and 3576 in the multi-core test. In comparison, we tested the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC on the flagship Xiaomi 12 Pro, and the Geekbench score came around 1165 and 3664 in single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. But keep in mind that we encountered throttling issues on the Xiaomi 12 Pro.

Exynos 2200 Geekbench Score

From what we can gauge, it seems the CPU on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 is marginally better than Exynos 2200. The Exynos 2200 might be underperforming because Samsung wants to avoid the throttling and thermal issues being seen on Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones. I think Samsung has lowered the clock speed to give a smooth performance without hurting the battery life.

In the AnTuTu 9 test that also takes the GPU into account, the Samsung Exynos 2200 scored 965,874, whereas the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 scored 969,966. And as I mentioned above, the Exynos 2200 goes up to 109FPS in the GFXBench Aztec Ruins (Normal) test, whereas the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 scores 143 FPS.

To sum up, in the CPU department, both the chipsets are on par, but we also need to take thermal performance into account. And as far as the GPU is concerned, Samsung’s new Xclipse 920 GPU seems better than the Andreno GPU on Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. But only after testing thermal performance and playing intensive games can we give our final verdict.

Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: ISP

The Exynos 2200 packs a new ISP designed by Samsung. It can shoot still images up to 200MP in single-camera mode and shoot videos up to 108MP at 30FPS. In the dual-camera setup, it can capture 64MP still images and 32MP videos at 30FPS at the same time. Talking about its video shooting capability, the ISP on Exynos 2200 is capable of recording 8K videos at 30FPS and 4K videos at 120FPS with support for HDR10 and HDR10+.

On the other hand, the image processor on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 packs a newly-designed 18-bit ISP that comes with Snapdragon Sight support. Building on its triple-ISP architecture, the ISP can capture 3.2 Gigapixels in a second. It can also do up to 8K HDR video recording at 30FPS and simultaneously shoot 64MP images. Other than that, Snapdragon has brought a plethora of features such as the Bokeh engine, the ability to shoot 18-bit RAW footage, AI-based facial detection, and more.

Overall, I would say that both the ISPs are capable, and it will depend on OEMs to leverage all the technologies to offer a great camera experience. As for Samsung, we already know that it does a stellar job with cameras since it controls both the ISP and its software stack.

Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: AI and ML

Coming to AI and ML performance, the Exynos 2200 features a dedicated AI engine with dual-core NPU (Neural Processing Unit) and DSP (Digital Signal Processor). Samsung says that its AI performance is 2x better than its predecessor, the Exynos 2100. It further claimed that Exynos 2200 chipset brings “much higher precision with FP16 (16-bit floating point) support in addition to power-efficient INT8 (8-bit integer) and INT16“.

On Qualcomm’s front, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 comes with the latest 7th-gen AI Engine that can perform 27 trillion operations per second (TOPS). It also packs the 3rd-gen Sensing Hub for instant voice pickup, noise cancellation, etc. In terms of numbers, Qualcomm claims the 7th-gen AI Engine is 4x more powerful than the Snapdragon 888. For more details, read our in-depth comparison between the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 888.

Exynos 2200 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: Modem and Wireless Connectivity

Finally, talking about the connectivity options available on both chipsets. The Exynos 2200 has an integrated 5G modem that can achieve up to 7.35Gbps download speeds and 3.67Gbps peak upload speeds. It supports both mmWave and sub-6GHz 5G bands with support for Carrier Aggregation. Samsung has also devised a new technology that allows the modem to boost speeds up to 10Gbps by utilizing both 4G and 5G bands. As for wireless connectivity, the Exynos 2200 is equipped with Wi-Fi 6, 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2.

Moving to the modem on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, it comes with the Snapdragon X65 5G integrated modem that offers download speeds up to 10Gbps. It also supports both premium mmWave and mid-tier sub-6GHz 5G bands. In addition, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 comes with the FastConnect Subsystem 6900 that brings Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.2 support in tow.

Not to forget, Qualcomm has brought support for Bluetooth LE for low-powered Bluetooth consumption and can offer CD-quality Lossless Audio support over Bluetooth. In terms of modem and wireless connectivity, Qualcomm’s latest flagship chipset has the upper hand over Samsung’s Exynos 2200.

Which One Wins: Exynos 2200 or Snapdragon 8 Gen 1?

So that was our in-depth comparison between the Exynos 2200 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. Except for the GPU, both the processors are on par and offer the users an identical experience. I look forward to testing how Samsung has optimized its GPU thermal management on the Exynos 2200 since it comes with the new AMD-powered GPU. Anyway, that is all from us. If you want to learn who wins the comparison between Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Dimensity 9000, follow our linked article. And if you have any questions, let us know in the comments section below.

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