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Samsung Exynos 1000 with AMD Radeon GPU rumored to feature only in the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Exynos brand change being contemplated too

The Exynos 1000 may be restricted to just the Galaxy S21 Ultra. (Image Source: Samsung)
The Exynos 1000 may be restricted to just the Galaxy S21 Ultra. (Image Source: Samsung)
Samsung's 5 nm Exynos 1000 SoC may be limited to just the Galaxy S21 Ultra next year with the base Galaxy S21 set to feature the Exynos 992, according to a new leak. The company may avoid the Snapdragon 875 chips in order to save costs. The leak also suggests that Samsung may look into changing the "Exynos" branding as well.

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The Exynos 990 SoC in the Galaxy S20 series was met with a lot of criticism as it didn't quite match up to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 in several benchmarks. Previously, we reported that Samsung could be using the Exynos 1000 across the entire Galaxy S21 range in all regions. Now, a new leak suggests that may not be the case.

According to known tipster @MauriQHD, only the Galaxy S21 Ultra will feature the Exynos 1000 SoC. The base Galaxy S21 will be powered by the Exynos 992 while the choice of SoC for the Galaxy S21 Plus is not yet known. Also being contemplated is a possible change of the "Exynos" branding.

The Galaxy S21 series may involve a lot of cost-cutting on Samsung's part, which is why the company might look into avoiding the purportedly expensive Snapdragon 875 chips. We have also come across leaks, which suggest that the Galaxy S21 base model could actually be a "Lite" variant of sorts with just a FHD+ 60 Hz display. With the move to an all-Exynos offering, Samsung should be able to increase its profits assuming the premium prices of the phones will continue to remain intact.

Considering the above information is true, the 5 nm Exynos 1000 in the Galaxy S21 Ultra could set a high benchmark for smartphone SoC performance. It is touted to use a combination of ARM's new 1x Cortex-X1 and 3x Cortex-A78 cores along with 4x Cortex-A55 cores.

On the graphics side, there are strong chances of AMD's first mobile Radeon GPU showing up in the Exynos 1000; we have already seen a leaked GFXBench result wherein this new AMD GPU is shown to beat the Snapdragon 865's Adreno 650 GPU quite handsomely. That being said, the possibility of Samsung going for an ARM Mali-G78 GPU cannot be completely ruled out either. Ultimately. it depends on which one of these satisfies Samsung's performance and power efficiency targets.

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Though a cell and molecular biologist by training, I have been drawn towards computers from a very young age ever since I got my first PC in 1998. My passion for technology grew quite exponentially with the times, and it has been an incredible experience from being a much solicited source for tech advice and troubleshooting among family and friends to joining Notebookcheck in 2017 as a professional tech journalist. Now, I am a Lead Editor at Notebookcheck covering news and reviews encompassing a wide gamut of the technology landscape for Indian and global audiences. When I am not hunting for the next big story or taking complex measurements for reviews, you can find me unwinding to a nice read, listening to some soulful music, or trying out a new game.
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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2020-07-30 (Update: 2020-07-31)