Samsung Exynos 1080 ouperforms Snapdragon 865+

The Samsung Exynos 1080 just showed up on the AnTuTu benchmark and beat the Snapdragon 865+. Ice Universe tweeted a screenshot of the benchmark.

For the uninitiated, AnTuTu is a Chinese benchmarking app that benchmarks the phone on CPU, GPU, RAM, and user interface performance. The Samsung Exynos 1080, presumably a new SoC from the Korean giant, has managed to score more than the Snapdragon 865+ chip.

The Samsung Exynos 1080

Samsung recently launched the Exynos 980, a 5G-ready processor that is used by other smartphone makers as well. We think Samsung Exynos 1080 is a more powerful future addition to the Exynos 5G family.

According to the benchmark screenshot, the processor packs 4 Cortex-A78 performance cores, and 4 Cortex A-55 power-efficient cores. The CPU is shown clocked at 3GHz, which brings it into Snapdragon 865 flagship territory. The processor scored 1,81,099 on the CPU benchmark, which is close to the Snapdragon 865+.

The interesting part about this new SoC begins at the GPU end. After all, it’s the GPU that allowed it to fly past the SD 865+. It apparently sports a Mali-G78 GPU, which is a newer unit compared to the G-76 that Samsung is using. The G78 is based on the second-gen Valhall. It scored 2,97,676 points on the GPU side, surpassing the SD 865+ by a massive gap

The landing page for Mali-G78 on Arm’s website says that it’s a gaming-centric GPU. This adds to further speculation that Samsung may be looking at a gaming smartphone in the mid-range segment by pairing the Exynos 1080 with Mali-G78 GPU.

Since the rest of the benchmark scores are slightly lower, compared to the Snapdragon 865+, the graphic-intensive nature of this processor is abundantly clear.

Samsung and Qualcomm

The Samsung-Qualcomm relationship is a simple one — Samsung uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips in its phones in the US market; Qualcomm uses Samsung’s manufacturing for its Snapdragon chips. However, in the Indian market, Samsung has used its own Exynos processors.

The outcome is clear: Samsung’s phones running Snapdragon chips have nearly always outperformed the Exynos ones. It even stands true in the case of its latest Galaxy S20, which delivers better and more consistent performance with a Snapdragon SoC.

However, I’ve been using a mid-range Samsung device for a while now, and I can say Exynos has improved. I’ve used Samsung phones in the past too, and, clearly, the experience is improving.

It remains to be seen whether Samsung will incorporate the rumored Exynos 1080 chip as a gaming-oriented processor, or as another mid-range challenger in its already vast lineup.

Manik Berry
Manik is fascinated by smartphones and ecosystems. He also likes a strong coffee after a long bike ride.