Recently, a couple of days back, Exynos 850 debuted in Samsung Galaxy A21. It’s a lower mid-end SoC for budget-friendly Samsung phones. Let’s see how well does it perform against two other SoCs, a one-year-old Exynos 9611 and a two-years-old Snapdragon 675, in this Exynos 850 vs Exynos 9611 vs Snapdragon 675 comparison.
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Exynos 850 release date is May 31, 2020. The first phone to use it is the Samsung Galaxy A21 and boasted about the 8nm Samsung LPP process on a budget-friendly SoC.
Exynos 9611 was released on September 19, 2019. It was one of the first Samsung mid-end SoCs which introduced AI and AI-features in the camera. It also improved gaming with some optimizations.
Snapdragon 675 is the oldest among the three, releasing 2 years back on October 22, 2018.
The new Exynos 850 features an 8nm LPP FinFET process by Samsung. It’s the same process used in the high-end Exynos 9820.
Exynos 9611 has a 10nm LPP FinFET process by TSMC.
The upgraded version of SD 670, the Snapdragon 675 molds from the 11nm LPP FinFet technology. It’s surprising to see that it when down to this process instead of continuing the 10nm process as in its ancestor SD 670.
If we compare all three SoCs, the new Exynos 850 has the best process (lower the better). This makes the SoC to be more energy efficient when compared to the other two SoCs.
The SoC has an octa-core design and a seemingly odd core distribution which is a single cluster (8) of eight energy-efficient Cortex A55 running @2.0GHz. Sadly, there’s no high-performance Cortex A76. So, we can expect that this SoC is made for the budget-friendly energy efficient phones, but let’s hope that the Cortex A55 might not limit the performance at high-performance demanding scenarios.
Exynos 9611 has an octa-core design but with a much common dual-cluster layout (4+4). It features four Cortex A73 cores with a maximum clock speed of 2.3GHz, as well as four Cortex A53 cores with a maximum clock speed of 1.7GHz, in a 64-bit octa-core arrangement. This is the same architecture as the Exynos 9610 SoC but there is an improvement in the clock speed.
In Snapdragon 675, the architecture has been upgraded from Kyro 360 to Kyro 460 with the same dual-cluster (2+6) octa-core design as in SD 670. Getting in the details, it’s still an octa-core design but with 2 x Kryo 460 Cortex A76 cores running @ 2.0GHz and 6 x Kryo 460 Cortex A55 cores running @ 1.7GHz. Despite frequency being the same in both SoCs, SD 675 takes advantage of both the new Kyro 460 architecture and the Cortex A76 (rare, and only specific to high-end SoCs).
As we can see, Snapdragon 675 CPU performance is way more than both Exynos 9611 and 850. In terms of power-efficiency, we have Exynos 850 as the winner because of using only Cortex A55 cores, however, in terms of raw performance, we have Snapdragon 675 as the winner. Exynos 9611, isn’t a good option here neither in performance nor in energy-efficiency because of the old Cortex-A53 and Cortex A73 cores.
The GPU of the Exynos 850 is ARM Mali G52. The cores haven’t been specified but we believe it is the MP6 version with 6 cores. The frequency of the cores is also unknown. Since this SoC is in the low-end category, one can expect to run entry-level and mid-performance demanding games at the lowest settings.
Exynos 9611 includes a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU that is responsible for enhancing graphics. This is also the same GPU that is present in the Exynos 9610, but it has a faster clock speed than its predecessor. It also has some gaming optimizations done to improve the overall gaming experience.
Finally, we have the Snapdragon 675, which has downgraded GPU from Adreno 615 moving to Adreno 612 which features 14nm lithography, speed of 850MHz. However, Qualcomm assured that the Snapdragon 675 performs considerably better than the Snapdragon 670 in real-world scenarios. Thanks to the built-in-game enhancements, for example, reduce “janks” or stutters by over 90 percent during gameplay. However, looking at the benchmark score, the performance is still behind SD 710 and SD 670 despite having a higher frequency but an old process. This is the only downside of this SoC if we compare it to SD 670.
If we compare all the three GPUs, Exynos 850 will have the lowest graphical performance, then comes Exynos 9611 which although have half the cores but a much better G7 series high-end GPU. The GPU of SD 675 is the winner here because of better clock speed and GPU process, along with some incredible real gaming scenario-based optimizations.
Samsung Exynos 850 doesn’t have a dedicated NPU. On AI-Benchmark the score of Exynos 850 isn’t mentioned, but we believe that it will be in bottom 10.
With that said, the Exynos 9611 processor has a built-in artificial intelligence engine consisting of a vision processing unit. It enables the phone that has this processor to have smarter cameras that are capable of delivering better results on their own under different conditions. The chipset offers artificial intelligence capabilities through deep learning technology. It has an AI score of 5500 points.
SD 675 has Hexagon 685 as the DSP which enables AI-camera, AI-monitoring, AI battery management, and more AI-based featured. It scores around 9443 points on AI-benchmark almost 2x of Exynos 9611 AI.
The rumored AnTuTu v8 score of Exynos 850 on Samsung A21 is around 140,000 to 170,000 points.
Exynos 9611 scores around 180,000 points on AnTuTu v8.
Snapdragon 675 on the Vivo V17 Pro (8GB + 128GB) scores around 212,000 points on AnTuTu v8.
Thanks to the incredible CPU, GPU, and AI, despite having an 11nm process, SD 675 scores better than Exynos 850 and 9611.
All three SoCs doesn’t support 5G networking.
Exynos 850 supports 4G networking with Cat 13 UL (150 Mbps) and Cat 7 DL (300 Mbps). It supports Bluetooth 5.0 and
Exynos 9611 also supports 4G networking with Cat. 13 UL and a much better Cat 12 DL. The upload speed is the same but the download speed is almost 4x which is around 600Mbps. Other connectivity features include Wifi 5, Bluetooth 5.0.
Snapdragon 675 has the X12 LTE modem (Cat 12 DL up to 600 Mbit/s and Cat 13 UL up to 150 Mbit/s). It also has Bluetooth 5, WiFi 5, USB 3.1, and a better WiFi speed supporting up to 867 Mbit/s of download speed.
Though Exynos 9611 and Snapdragon 675 have the same 4G LTE speed, and the same WiFi module (WiFi 5), yet SD 675 has a much better WiFi speed despite being WiFi 5.
In terms of imaging, Exynos 850 supports 1080p 60fps video recording, and 21.7MP rear single camera or 16MP + 5MP dual camera, and also supports HEVC / h.265 encoding.
Exynos 9611 has much better camera features supporting 24 MP single-camera resolution (Up to 64MP) as well as dual-camera 16+16MP resolution. Moreover, apart from the 1080p 60fps video recording it also brings 480 Fps slow-motion video capturing as well. It also supports triple and quad-cameras as well. IT also brings a few AI camera features as well.
Snapdragon 675 has Spectra 250L processor as ISP. This is compatible with dual 16MP cameras, a single 25MP camera, and support for the single 48MP camera sensor with the use of MFNR. It can also support the 192MP single camera sensor. There are other enhanced options as well such as triple-camera support for capturing super-wide images or up to 5x optical zoom, portrait mode, and breakthrough limitless HD slo-mo recording – at up to a dazzling 480 fps (frames per second).
Since Snapdragon 675 supports higher single camera support up to 192MP and has more camera features, it’s the winner of this section.
Since this is Exynos we are talking about, Exynos 850 and Exynos 9611 will be limited to Samsung phones only. The first phone to use it is Samsung Galaxy A21 and is priced $223. This categorized the phone and SoC in the low-end category. The latest phone to feature Exynos 9611 is Samsung Galaxy M31 which is priced around $260 to $280.
Qualcomm SoCs aren’t limited to a specific manufacturer. Snapdragon 675 phones are still releasing such as the TCL 10 Pro and Vivo V17 Pro which are priced around $290 to $390. There are used phones as well which can go as low as $150.
Looking at the price, Exynos 850 phones should be the cheapest among all three SoCs phones. However, Snapdragon 675 offers the best price-to-performance ratio.
The new Exynos 850 might be Samsung’s best energy-efficient phone, however, for smartphones, energy-efficiency isn’t the only thing that matters, high-performance at specific times, AI, and better graphics also matters. In terms of raw performance, CPU, GPU, AnTuTu scores, camera, and connectivity, Snapdragon 675 leads the way among these three SoCs.
Exynos 850 (3 Points) | Exynos 9611 (0 points) | Snapdragon 675 (7 points)
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