Exynos 2500 Leaks: Samsung Beats Snapdragon, AI Still Unknown

Reports have indicated that Samsung is dedicating its efforts to the development of its new Exynos chip, undeterred by a fresh agreement with Qualcomm and unwavering in its pursuit of independent innovation. Samsung aspires to equip all models in next year’s Galaxy S series with Exynos chips, internally dubbed the “Dream Chip” or the Exynos 2500.

Recent leaks suggest that Samsung is currently testing the Exynos 2500, which exhibits commendable performance metrics, outpacing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 mobile platform in both CPU and GPU capabilities, though the performance of its Neural Processing Unit (NPU) remains uncertain. Given the burgeoning interest in Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the smartphone industry, it’s anticipated that the NPU’s performance will garner considerable attention.

Exynos Galaxy S Series

This year, Qualcomm is expected to launch its fourth-generation Snapdragon 8 mobile platform, featuring the custom Oryon core, which promises further performance enhancements. The Exynos 2500 may not necessarily maintain a competitive edge. Rumors suggest that Samsung is experimenting with various architectures for the Exynos 2500. Although all configurations are expected to utilize the Cortex-X5 core, excessive reliance on the Cortex-X5 core could lead to uncontrolled power consumption. Samsung is reportedly contemplating the optimal arrangement of Cortex-X5, Cortex-A730, and Cortex-A520 cores, with a ten-core CPU architecture seemingly beyond question.

A significant upgrade of the Exynos 2500 includes support for the faster LPDDR5T memory. As an improvement over LPDDR5X, it boasts a rate of up to 9.6Gbps, making it the fastest commercial mobile DRAM currently available. Furthermore, like its predecessor, the Exynos 2400, the Exynos 2500 is likely to utilize Fan-Out Wafer-Level Packaging (FoWLP), a strategy aimed at better managing chip thermals to enhance multicore performance.