The Exynos 2100 is now alleged to have a top speed beating that of the Snapdragon 875

A Galaxy S21 render. (Source: Voice)
A Galaxy S21 render. (Source: Voice)
The latest potential Samsung Galaxy S21 Geekbench 5 scores are out there, and they show the Snapdragon 875 variant may be ahead of what might be this phone's Exynos 2100-powered counterpart. However, according to a famous leaker, this is not the whole story.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is currently thought to come in 2 basic flavors: one powered by the hotly-anticipated successor to the Snapdragon 865 and one with the OEM's new in-house Exynos 2100 flagship SoC. Now, a device recently detected on Geekbench 5 is believed to be one of the former.

It is called the SM-G996U, and may thus be a Galaxy S21 or S21+, as the S20+ was the SM-G986x. It also has lahaina as a motherboard code-name, which has indicated the presence of the 875 in earlier leaks. Therefore, should it really be an upcoming Samsung flagship, it has outpaced its supposed 2100-equipped counterpart (the SM-G996B) on the same benchmarking site in both single- and multi-core scores.

This is all in line with an earlier leak in which a Snapdragon 875-powered S21 was allegedly found to have beaten an Exynos 2100 equivalent. Then again, both of the possible SKUs involved here seem to have between 6.71 and 6.96GB of RAM, which may be a little low for an authentic 2021 flagship device. Perhaps this variant's rumors of a new, lower-tier status have more weight than previously imagined.

However, the prominent leaker Ice Universe asserts that these results are misleading in any case. This tipster insists that the 2100 is in fact faster than the 875 in every respect: in fact, its new ARM Cortex-X1 core might go as high as 2.91GHz, whereas that of the Snapdragon might be set at 2.84GHz. However, it may take until January 2021 to ascertain which source has it right about this new premium series.

The "875-powered S21" on Geekbench. (Source: Geekbench 5 via MySmartPrice)
The "875-powered S21" on Geekbench. (Source: Geekbench 5 via MySmartPrice)
Ice Universe's contradictory core-speed graph. (Source: Twitter)
Ice Universe's contradictory core-speed graph. (Source: Twitter)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-11-18 (Update: 2020-11-18)
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