Most flagship Android phones use processors from Qualcomm, mostly the 800 series. But big manufacturers like Samsung and Huawei spend considerable amount of resources developing their own chips.
Samsung has their own Exynos lineup, which is quite well known. Most of the lower and mid end phones from Samsung use some of the mid-tier Exynos chips but some Galaxy S series devices in specific regions do get the high-end Exynos chips. These chips often don’t match the Qualcomm ones in performance, but difference in day to day tasks is negligible.
The Exynos 9820 will be a very interesting processor, it will be Samsung’s first 7nm processor built on the FinFET process. This chip is supposed to debut with the Galaxy S10 series next year.
Exynos M4 code：Cheetah.
— Ice universe (@UniverseIce) November 4, 2018
According to a new leak from “@Ice Universe“, some of the modified ARM cores will be codenamed Cheetah. This will be the high-performance cores on the Exynos 9820. The Exynos chip coming next year might have 2 or 4 high-performance cores, depending on their final configuration.
According to a previous leak from “@Ice Universe,” the Exynos 9820 is going to house the Mali-G76 MP18 GPU. Even this GPU will be on the 7nm process, so it fits perfectly with the leaks so far.
Exynos chips have matched benchmark scores of their Snapdragon counterparts before, but the real difference remains in internet modems where Qualcomm has a serious advantage. Qualcomm manufactures superior cellular chips and also their Adreno GPUs remain unmatched.
This is probably due to an agreement between Samsung and Qualcomm, which prevents Samsung from selling modems and integrated chipsets for the next 25 years. Which means Samsung has to depend on third-party manufacturers for some of the hardware.
Coming to specs and performance, there isn’t any solid news, but we can make some guesses. Since the Exynos 9820 will be based on 7nm, it should have a higher clock frequency than the A-76 cores used on the Snapdragon 845, while being more efficient. The best binned Snapdragon 845 chipsets hit the 2.9 GHz mark, so it won’t be surprising if the new Exynos chips cross the 3.0 GHz mark.
Samsung has tons of manufacturing expertise, so there’s no doubt the Exynos 9820 will be great. Whether or not it will trump the upcoming Snapdragon 8150 is a question for another day.