Exynos 8890 vs Snapdragon 821

We compared the 8-core Samsung Exynos 8890 (Mali-T880 MP12) with the newer 4-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 (Adreno 530) SoC. Here you will find the pros and cons of each chip, technical specs, and comprehensive tests in benchmarks, like AnTuTu and Geekbench.

Review

General comparison of performance, power consumption, and other indicators
CPU Performance
Single and multi-core processor tests
Gaming Performance
GPU performance in games and OpenCL/Vulcan
Battery life
Efficiency of battery consumption
NanoReview Score
Overall chip score

Key Differences

Main differences and advantages of each chip
Pros of Samsung Exynos 8890
  • Has 4 more cores
Pros of Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
  • Performs 2.1x better in floating-point computations
  • Developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Exynos
  • Announced 9-months later
  • Supports 11% higher memory bandwidth (29.8 against 26.82 GB/s)
  • Shows better (up to 6%) AnTuTu 9 score – 244K vs 230K

Benchmarks

Performance tests in popular benchmarks

AnTuTu 9

The AnTuTu Benchmark measures CPU, GPU, RAM, and I/O performance in different scenarios
230903
244013
CPU 72885 62991
GPU 64929 90961
Memory 36509 36699
UX 58136 55683
Total score 230903 244013

GeekBench 5

The GeekBench test shows raw single-threaded and multithreaded CPU performance
Single-Core Score
Multi-Core Score
1301
Image compression 69.5 Mpixels/s 51.2 Mpixels/s
Face detection 10.14 images/s 7.96 images/s
Speech recognition 21.6 words/s 15.4 words/s
Machine learning 17.1 images/s 14 images/s
Camera shooting 10.55 images/s 10.7 images/s
HTML 5 1.16 Mnodes/s 0.71 Mnodes/s
SQLite 328.9 Krows/s 239.7 Krows/s

Specifications

Full list of technical specifications of Exynos 8890 and Snapdragon 821

CPU

Architecture 4x 2.6 GHz – Mongoose
4x 2.3 GHz – Cortex-A53
2x 2.342 GHz – Kryo
2x 1.6 GHz – Kryo
Cores 8 4
Frequency 2300 MHz 2342 MHz
Instruction set ARMv8-A ARMv8-A
L1 cache 384 KB 64 KB
L2 cache 2 MB 3 MB
Process 14 nanometers 14 nanometers
Transistor count 2 billion 2 billion
TDP 5 W 11 W

Graphics

GPU name Mali-T880 MP12 Adreno 530
Architecture Midgard Adreno 500
GPU frequency 650 MHz 653 MHz
Execution units 12 2
Shading units 192 256
FLOPS 249 Gigaflops 519 Gigaflops
Vulkan version 1.0 1.0
OpenCL version 1.2 2.0
DirectX version 11.2 11.2

Memory

Memory type LPDDR4 LPDDR4
Memory frequency 1800 MHz 1866 MHz
Bus 2x 32 Bit 4x 16 Bit
Max bandwidth 26.82 Gbit/s 29.8 Gbit/s
Max size 4 GB 6 GB

Multimedia (ISP)

Neural processor (NPU) No Hexagon 680
Storage type eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.0 eMMC 5.1, UFS 2.0
Max display resolution 3840 x 2400 3840 x 2160
Max camera resolution 1x 24MP, 2x 16MP 1x 28MP, 2x 13MP
Video capture 4K at 30FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video playback 4K at 60FPS 4K at 30FPS
Video codecs H.264, H.265, VP9 H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9
Audio codecs AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV AIFF, CAF, MP3, MP4, WAV

Connectivity

Modem - X12
4G support LTE Cat. 12 LTE Cat. 12
5G support No No
Download speed Up to 600 Mbps Up to 600 Mbps
Upload speed Up to 150 Mbps Up to 150 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 5
Bluetooth 4.2 4.1
Navigation GPS, GLONASS, Beidou GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo

Info

Announced November 2015 August 2016
Class Flagship Flagship
Model number - MSM8996 Pro
Official page Samsung Exynos 8890 official site Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 official site

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Late 01 August 2021 05:36
Exynos 8890 can beat snapdragon
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