Samsung has been releasing two variations of most of its premium smartphones lately – one with a Qualcomm chipset and one other one with its personal Exynos chips.
Within the Galaxy S21 household, the chipsets in query are the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (US&China) and Samsung’s personal Exynos 2100, obtainable on each different market.
We already looked at how the 2 fashions examine in benchmarks and efficiency. Now it is time to see how they fare in battery life.
Here’s a specs comparability between the chipsets powering the 2 fashions for reference:
|Chipset||Samsung Exynos 2100||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888|
|CPU||1x 2.9 GHz – Cortex-X1, 3x 2.8 GHz – Cortex-A78, 4x 2.2 GHz – Cortex-A55||1x 2.84 GHz – Kryo 680 Prime (Cortex-X1), 3x 2.42 GHz – Kryo 680 Gold (Cortex-A78), 4x 1.8 GHz – Kryo 680 Silver (Cortex-A55)|
|Manufacturing node||5nm EUV||5nm|
|GPU||Mali-G78 MP14 (14 cores) (Vulkan 1.1, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12)||Adreno 660 (Vulkan 1.1, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 12)|
|Reminiscence assist||LPDDR5, 3200 MHz, max 50 Gbit/s, max dimension 16GB||LPDDR5, 3200 MHz, max 50 Gbit/s, max dimension 16GB|
|Storage||UFS 3.1||UFS 3.0, UFS 3.1|
|Multimedia assist||Max show res: 4096 x 2160, Video seize: 8K@30fps, 4K@120fps; playbak: 8K@60fps||Max show res: 3840 x 2160, Video seize: 8K@30fps, 4K@120fps; playbak: 8K@60fps|
|Neural processor (NPU)||Triple-core NPU (as much as 26 TOPS)||Hexagon 780 26 TOPS|
|Modem||LTE Cat. 24, as much as 3000 Mbps down, 422 Mbps up; 5G SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave, as much as 7.35 Gbps down, 3.67 Gbps up||LTE Cat. 22, as much as 2500 Mbps down, 316 Mbps up; 5G SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave, as much as 7.5 Gbps down, 3 Gbps up|
The Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888 variations of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely have practically similar battery endurance, displaying solely slight variance, hardly-noticeable in real-world use.
To be honest, this isn’t a completely new improvement. Different battery comparisons have already arrived at primarily the identical conclusion. Thoughts you, this doesn’t essentially negate nor contradict the truth that at peak efficiency ranges the Exynos 2100 appears to outpace the Snapdragon 888 barely, however with the caveat of being about 26% much less environment friendly in a efficiency per watt race at its greater clock speeds. You possibly can learn extra about that here.
The factor is that in real-world use, which our proprietary battery endurance check swimsuit tries to simulate, the telephone isn’t actually pushed to the max. It is a marathon, not a dash. Listed below are the brand new battery endurance outcomes as achieved by the Snapdragon 888 unit:
And listed here are our unique ones, as revealed within the full review of the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely, carried out on our unique Exynos 2100 unit.
Our battery assessments had been automated because of SmartViser, utilizing its viSerDevice app. The endurance ranking above denotes how lengthy a single battery cost will final you should you use the Samsung Galaxy S21 Extremely 5G for an hour every of telephony, net shopping, and video playback every day. We have established this utilization sample in order that our battery outcomes are comparable throughout units in the commonest day-to-day duties. The battery testing procedure is described intimately in case you are within the nitty-gritty. You possibly can try our full battery test table, the place you possibly can see how the entire smartphones we have examined will examine beneath your personal typical use.
You will need to word a couple of issues concerning the testing methodology. The standby assessments had been performed with the absolute best community sign, within the default state of the S21 Extremely, specifically with S-Pen on and AOD off.
The on-screen assessments had been carried out in native 1440p decision with Adaptive refresh price mode turned on, whereas always monitoring the precise refresh price with Android 11’s built-in software.
Our net shopping script refreshes pages each 10s, and each refresh triggered a spike within the refresh price to 120Hz, which then dropped again all the way down to 60Hz 1-2s later. We reckon that is a conduct pretty consultant of real-world use – you swipe on the display screen, refresh price shoots to 120Hz, you then learn for a bit, it goes down.
As for the video playback, the telephone maintained a 48Hz refresh price all through the check – because it does really try this when taking part in again 24fps content material, we expect that this, too, is an efficient illustration of real-life utilization.
For these of you hankering for extra particulars on the numbers themselves, we’ll begin with the 2 on-screen assessments – net shopping and offline video playback. The net shopping result’s so shut between the 2 items that it’s simply inside the margin of error. The identical is usually true for the offline video playback outcome.
If we’re into nitpicking, it does appear that the Snapdragon 888 was just a little bit extra power-efficient in decoding our h.264 check clip. Actually nor by a lot, although.
Standby instances between the 2 handsets had been practically similar, which is nice information since standby represents an enormous chunk of what a handset usually does each day.
The one notable distinction we noticed was within the name assessments. Once more, the distinction just isn’t enormous by any stretch of the creativeness, however it nonetheless caught our eye, particularly because the widespread consensus appears to be that Qualcomm’s X60 5G modem is a little more environment friendly than Samsung’s Exynos one. Nonetheless, these claims are largely associated to effectivity in 5G community connectivity. Our name check is intentionally executed over a 3G or 4G connection to maintain it similar to older assessments as a lot as doable.
In any case, this yr the distinction between the Exynos 2100 and Snapdragon 888 variations of the Galaxy S21 Extremely appears to be practically intangible in sensible phrases. Hopefully, this marks the start of a brand new equality development in camp Samsung for good.