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Samsung Exynos: Performance problems not only in the high end

Samsung installs its own SoCs, often offering less performance than Qualcomm.
Samsung installs its own SoCs, often offering less performance than Qualcomm.
Samsung's Exynos SoCs aren't very popular in high-end smartphones because they offer less power. But even in mid-range devices, the in-house processors fall behind.
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Fortunately, Samsung is not affected by any trade disputes with the USA and is free to choose from the product range of suppliers who use American technology.

As a result, the Koreans can easily obtain chips from the American manufacturer Qualcomm, and these are actually also built into Samsung smartphones from time to time, but global markets are not treated equally here.

In this way, there has been controversy for years about Samsung delivering its top-of-the-line smartphones with Exynos processors in Europe, for example, while Qualcomm SoCs are installed in South Korea, for instance. Benchmarks as well as our tests regularly confirm that European users are, therefore, receiving less performance and sometimes other problems such as high energy consumption.

We have just tested a mid-range smartphone from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy M31s, and Samsung has naturally installed its own SoC here too, the Exynos 9611. And this shows that the problems don't only exist in the high-end segment, but that Samsung's SoCs can't compete with Qualcomm chips in the mid-range segment either.

Maybe performance differences in the mid-range aren't as dramatic as when you spend four times as much money on a high-end smartphone. Still, it's annoying that Samsung didn't allow the Galaxy M31s to have a more powerful SoC.

The smartphone offers a very large battery and consequently long runtimes; it also has a color-accurate AMOLED display, so there are definitely some highlights for around 300 Euros (~$356).

The detailed benchmark results, which also show how big the differences between Exynos and Snapdragon are, can be found in our extensive review of the Samsung Galaxy M31s.

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 848 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 293 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Florian Schmitt, 2020-11-21 (Update: 2020-11-19)