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Updated Exynos 2500 specifications emerge online

New information about the Exynos 2500 has emerged online (image via OreXDA on X)
New information about the Exynos 2500 has emerged online (image via OreXDA on X)
A new report sheds light on what Samsung could have in store for us next year with the Exynos 2500. Overall, there is only a marginal clock boost for the prime Cortex-X5 core and a speed reduction for at least one cluster.

So far, the Exynos 2400-powered Galaxy S24+ (curr. $999 on Amazon) has proven itself capable of taking on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 and even the Apple A17 Pro in gaming and synthetic workloads. With regular firmware updates, it could potentially emerge ahead of the competition, which could set the stage for its successor, the Exynos 2500, to knock it out of the proverbial park. However, a new rumour suggests that Samsung is playing it safe with its next-gen offering slated to power the Galaxy S25, Galaxy S25+ and hopefully, Galaxy S25 Ultra globally.

X insider OreXDA, who has had a decent track record with Samsung-related leaks, has now revealed some more specs about the Exynos 2500 (or Dream Chip, depending on who you ask). Its prime Cortex-X5 core will supposedly be clocked between 3.2 and 3.3 GHz. This is more or less identical to the Exynos 2400, which has its prime core running at 3.2 GHz, with a potential 100 Hz boost on the cards.

Similarly, three of the Exynos 2500's Cortex-A730 cores will be clocked between 2.5 and 2.3 GHz. This is remarkably lower than both Cortex-A720 clusters on the Exynos 2400. Previous leaks revealed the SoC would use a 1+3+2+4 CPU layout, meaning the remaining two Cortex-A730 cores will be clocked lower than the first three. For now, their fate is unknown, as is that of the four Cortex-A530 cores.

As always, these specs are likely not finalized yet and could change in subsequent weeks. That said, Samsung's strategy to keep the Exynos 2500's clocks in check makes sense. A company executive confirmed it would be manufactured on Samsung's gate-all-around 3GAP node, which should give it a competitive edge over the FinFET-based 3 nm Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, Dimensity 9400 and even the Apple A18 Pro.


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Anil Ganti, 2024-01-22 (Update: 2024-01-22)