For years, Samsung’s flagship smartphone has been spinning between two handsets: both Qualcomm’s SnapDragon chips and its own Samsung LSI-owned Exynos self-made chips in some markets. In the past, the gap between the two chips in the same phone is not so obvious, but both love now the gap seems to be growing. So much so that at this year’s Galaxy S20, the performance gap between the two has widened, based on benchmark and user tests.
On March 21, Samsung users filed a petition on the Change.org website demanding that Samsung stop using its own Exynos chip on its flagship products and try ingliase Samsung from using its own camera sensors on its flagship models to replace Sony. At present, the petition has more than 10,000 people support.
In addition, the Galaxy S20 handset sold in South Korea’s home market is actually powered by Qualcomm’s flagship processor, and media reports say Samsung’s chip division is “humiliated” by the company’s decision.
In a statement to the media, Samsung reiterated its confidence and commitment to its own Exynos chip. Both chips have been tested with the same rigorous tests and have accepted the same quality standards, the company said. In short, they insist that the performance of the two is the same and consistent, but what about the facts?
Benchmarks and reviews show a big difference, with AnandTech data showing that the Galaxy S20 Ultra’s Exynos 990 chip lags behind its SnapSnapdragon 865 brother model in performance. In addition to the performance gap, the Exynos chip has also been noticed that the GPU’s downfrequency is more active, with greater performance differences in its high-performance mode.