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Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Vs Samsung Exynos 8895; Design, Specs, Details & More

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Feb 26, 2017

With both the Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835 being unveiled, finally we can get to take a look at the processors side by side. They mark the introduction of 10nm to the mobile world and will bring a lot of upgrades and improvements on board. Both are manufactured on Samsung’s 10nm FinFET process as well. So if you’re wondering which processor comes out on top in terms of specifications, take a look below to find out more.

The Samsung Exynos 8895 Vs The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835; A Brief Look At All The Necessary Specifications And Details

To start off, let’s take a look at processing details. The Snapdragon 835 will feature an octa core CPU, adding four more cores over its predecessor. Qualcomm’s Kryo 280 cores will be arranged in two clusters of four cores. One of these will be clocked at 2.45GHz while the other at 1.9GHz. The Exynos 8895 will also house an octa core design. Rather than completely rely on its custom cores, Samsung will equip the processor with four next gen Mongoose and four Cortex A53 cores. These will cater to high and low performance needs respectively.

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Frequencies for the Mongoose and A53 cores will be 2.5 and 1.7GHz. This makes sense as with its higher clocked LITTLE cluster, Qualcomm wants 80% of the Snapdragon’s performance workload to be carried out through it. The big cluster features same frequencies for the pair. Moving towards the GPU, the Snapdragon will feature Qualcom’s Adreno 540. It’ll add a lot of improvements on board, which include support for 64x more colors. The key points for the Adreno w.r.t the Exynos’ Mali G71 are that it also includes support for DX 12. The Mali G71 on the other hand features support for 4K recording/playback at 120fps. This is limited to 30fs for the Adreno 540.

Snapdragon 835 Exynos 8895
CPU: 4 x 2.45GHz Kryo 280 + 4 x 1.9GHz Kryo 280 4 x 2.5GHz Exynos M2 + 4 x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53
RAM: 2 x 32-bit LPDDR4X 1866MHz LPDDR4X
Security: Qualcomm Secure MSM, Qualcomm Haven, Qualcomm Studio Access, Qualcomm SafeSwitch Samsung KNOX, Security Processing Unit
GPU: Adreno 540 Mali G71
Display Resolution: 4K UHD (4096 x 2160) 60FPS 4K UHD (4096 x 2160) or WQUXGA (3840 x 2400) 60FPS
API Support: OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.0, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12, Renderscript OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.0, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 11, Renderscript
DSP: Hexagon VPU
Audio: Qualcomm Aqstic, Qualcomm aptX HD Unknown

Both the Snapdragon 835 ad Exynos 8895 will feature dual ISPs. The Snapdragon will support a single camera sensor of resolution 32MP or two sensors of resolution 16MP each. The Exynos on the other hand will support 28MP camera sensors. Both the processors will also feature HSA – Heterogeneous System Architecture. While Qualcomm’s been at HSA for quite a while, the Exynos 8895 will be Samsung’s first processor with it. Through HSA, the Korean tech giant will be able to combine the CPU, GPU and DSP to achieve maximum performance at a minimum energy expenditure.

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Talking connectivity, both the processors feature Cat 16 LTE enabled modems. This translates to theoretical downloads of 1Gbps and uploads of 150Mbps. The Snapdragon 835 is slightly stronger in the WiFi department. It supports WiFi 802.11 ad while the Exynos 8895 features support for WiFi 802.11 ac. It won’t make that much of a difference in you everyday use, so we’d give Samsung a pass here. Of course, a theoretical comparison will not yield any concrete results. Samsung will launch the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus next month, so we’ll get to take a real look at what both the processors are capable of real soon. Till then, stay tuned and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Snapdragon 835 Exynos 8895
ISP: Dual ISP Dual ISP
Camera Support: Single 32MP, Dual 16MP Single 28MP, Dual 16MP + 28MP
Camera Add-ons: Hybrid AF, Optical Zoom, Face Detection, HDR Video, Dual-Pixel Dual-Pixel, PDAF
Video Recording: Up to 4K @ 30FPS Up to 4K @ 120FPS
Video Playback: Up to 4K @ 60FPS; H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP9 MFC, Up to 4K @ 120FPS; H.264 (AVC), H.265 (HEVC), VP9
Modem: LTE Cat. 16 4CA 1Gbps Download; LTE Cat. 13 2CA 150Mbps Upload LTE Cat. 16 5CA 1Gbps Download; LTE Cat. 13 2CA 150Mbps Upload
WiFi: Wi-Fi ad, Dual-Band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n with MU-MIMO Dual-Band Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n with MU-MIMO