Galaxy S21: Samsung will offer the device with a Snapdragon 888, but not everywhere

Not all Samsung Galaxy S21s will be sold with an Exynos processor – certification documents show Samsung has gone for a Snapdragon 888 in some markets. It remains to be seen whether the performance gap between these variants will continue to widen.

Galaxy S21 Snapdragon 888

Certification documents from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) confirm that the Galaxy S21 will be available in the United States and in certain markets with a Snapdragon 888 processor. In one of the documents, listed at the end of this article, we note indeed to the chipset line code SM8350, which corresponds to the model number of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor.

Persistent rumors however evoked a scenario in which the iteration would be the first to be fully offered with the latest generation of Exynos 2100 chip. Samsung has been offering its smartphones in Exynos and Snapdragon variants for years depending on the markets. France, like the rest of Europe, has to be content with Exynos smartphones.

The Snapdragon 888 variant is confirmed, but a priori not for France

While in the United States, customers benefit from models with a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. Samsung does not recognize any difference in performance between these two variants. However, numerous independent tests confirm year after year that the performance gap between these two versions is widening.

To the point that some customers have even launched a petition on to demand that Samsung stop selling smartphones with Exynos chips deemed “inferior”. Samsung gave the impression for a while that it was going to let go of its Exynos processors. It turns out that Samsung is continuing down this path, but with standard ARM cores instead of custom cores from previous generations.

This use of standard cores can theoretically allow the two variants more uniform performance. What will remain to be tested on this generation with post-launch benchmarks. Additionally, FCC documents reveal that the S21s will feature 5G mmWave, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and 9W reverse charging, all with a 4000mAh battery.

Also read: Samsung Galaxy S21 (S30) – price, release date, specs, all you need to know

A priori the S21 will be sold without any charger in the box as part of a more environmentally friendly approach.

Credit: Sam Mobile

Source: Sam Mobile