Leak confirms that the Samsung Exynos 2100 will run ARM's Cortex-X1 core
A leaker has found that Samsung's upcoming flagship Exynos 2100 runs ARM's newest Cortex-X1 super core. It confirms an earlier leak, which stated that the chip would feature one ultra-high-performance, three performance, and four efficiency cores. The 5nm chip is expected to make its debut alongside the Galaxy S21 series in 2021.
Samsung's 2021 flagship silicon -the Exynos 1000/2100- has a lot riding on it due to the Exynos 990's inability to perform on par with an equally-specced Qualcomm chip. An earlier leak told us that the Exynos 2100 would use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875's core configuration. If a tipster is to be believed, the chip is also billed to come with ARM's new Cortex-X1 super core.
Twitter leaker Ice Universe did some digging into the Exynos 2100's Geekbench listing and found mentions of the Cortex-X1 buried deep within the code. It doesn't come as much of a surprise, considering that Samsung had partnered with ARM some time ago. The partnership could even drive Samsung to resume developing custom CPU cores in the future.
Even the Qualcomm Snapdragon 875 is expected to employ at least one Cortex-X1 super core, so the Exynos 2100 doesn't have any real advantage in that regard. At the very least, both chips should perform within spitting distance of each other, given their identical specifications. However, if recent Geekbench scores are anything to go by, it is unlikely that either one will come close, let alone surpass the Apple A14 Bionic.
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