The Galaxy S21 is illustrated in a new benchmark that appeared in the Geekbench database. The benchmark confirms part of the technical sheet, including the integration of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC, and shows an overview of the smartphone’s performance.
This December 4, 2020, a benchmark of a smartphone carrying the code name SM-G991U was uploaded to Geekbench. According to our colleagues at SamMobile, it would be one of the variants of the Galaxy S21 intended for the American market.
As always, Samsung will equip dedicated smartphones in the United States, and a handful of other markets, with an SoC designed by Qualcomm. Unsurprisingly, the Seoul giant will rely on the Snapdragon 888, the latest high-end chipset from the American founder. Engraved in 5nm, it promises an increase in performance and better energy efficiency. The Galaxy S21s sold in Europe, including France, will however be equipped with an Exynos 2100 SoC developed internally by Samsung.
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The SoC Snapdragon 888 shows the muscles on Geekbench
To support the SoC, Samsung integrates 8 GB of RAM within the terminal. We obviously expect that versions with 12 GB of RAM are also in the boxes. Not surprisingly, it runs on Android 11, the latest version of the mobile OS.
On Geekbench, the S21 with Snapdragon 888 climbs to 1075 in single core and 2916 in multicore. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC offers similar performance to Samsung’s Exynos 2100 chipset. In a benchmark that appeared a few weeks ago, the S21 with Exynos 2100 reached 1038 points in single-core and 3060 points in multi-core, i.e. the performance of a Snapdragon 865+. Other benchmarks show, however, that the Galaxy 21 Snapdragon is between 7 and 8% more efficient than the Exynos model.
Note that these scores seem low for a high-end smartphone powered by a high-end processor engraved in 5nm. At this point, the software optimization of the device is probably not yet finalized. We therefore invite you to take these benchmarks with hindsight. Between now and the launch in January or February, benchmark results are expected to change.