Samsung is working hard to upgrade its division that designs system-on-a-chips, as has now become apparent from numerous rumors and a statement by the CEO of this branch. Still, new smartphones still use existing chips for now, and Qualcomm is still lord and master outside the high-end segment. This is evident from benchmarks of the new Galaxy M31s.
This device is equipped with the Exynos 9611 from the 7 series, and Notebookcheck has put it on the rack. The CPU appears to be equipped with four Cortex-A73 cores at a maximum of 2.3 GHz and four smaller Cortex-A53 cores at 1.7 GHz. The integrated GPU is the Arm Mali-G72 MP3. The chip is made on Samsung’s 10nm finfet node.
For the same price range, the competition often uses the Snapdragon 765 and 765G, chips that use the newer Cortex-A76 and A55 cores and are made on a more efficient 7nm production process from TSMC. This means that they are both better in terms of instructions per clock, but also the clock speeds of the fastest A76 core and the smaller cores are 100 MHz higher. This ensures that the Snapdragons perform considerably better and that they may be slightly more economical.
The Exynos’ performance compared to the competition.
Unfortunately, the Mali-G72 GPU in the Exynos cannot compete with the Adreno 620, also on GPU level we see that Qualcomm smartphones are catching up with Samsung. Presumably, the performance differences will change in the near future, as Samsung will replace the self-designed Exynos CPU cores with the designs of Arm itself. Samsung is already licensed by Arm to design cores for the Arm instruction set, and has also partnered with AMD to develop more powerful RDNA GPUs. It is not known whether the first chips with new Cortex designs will also use the RDNA architecture. In any case, the CPUs in the Arms chips will have to be able to meet their own expectations, also for less powerful chips.
The GPU also has a harder time for the chip designed by Samsung.
Sources: Notebookcheck, (review Galaxy M31s), Samsung