After years of poor show, Samsung‘s flagship Exynos processors might make a remarkable comeback next year. Rumors say the Exynos 2500 will be more power efficient than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. Both are 3nm solutions but manufactured by two different foundries. Samsung will probably use both chips in its Galaxy S25 series.

Galaxy S25’s Exynos 2500 could offer better efficiency than Snapdragon 8 Gen 4

For years, Samsung’s Exynos chips have performed worse than competing Snapdragon solutions. They lagged in almost all areas, including raw performance, power efficiency, and thermal management. The company even dropped custom CPU cores and moved to stock ARM cores but to no avail. As the performance gap widened, it skipped the Exynos 2300 and exclusively used the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 on the Galaxy S23 series.

The Korean firm came back with a notably improved Exynos 2400 used on the Galaxy S24 series. The new chip closed the performance gap to its Snapdragon counterpart, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Samsung is expected to further improve its game with the Exynos 2500 next year. The upcoming solution is said to feature Google’s TPU for improved AI capabilities. It will also bring CPU and GPU improvements.

Samsung will fabricate the Exynos 2500 on its second-generation 3nm process node. According to X tipster @PandaFlashPro, this will help make it more power efficient than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. The latter is manufactured by TSMC on its second-gen 3nm process. The Taiwanese firm is using the existing FinFET transistor architecture for its 3nm chips, while Samsung has upgraded to the more advanced GAA architecture.

The Exynos 2400, which is a 4nm chip, is already quite efficient. Coupled with improvements from Samsung, the Exynos 2500 could be a real energy saver. It might offer a significant performance boost without adding much to power consumption. Samsung’s next flagship processor appears on track to give rivals like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 a run for their money. It will be a remarkable turnaround from the Korean firm.

The new Exynos chip may come in two variants

Samsung reportedly plans to develop two variants of the Exynos 2500. The standard version, identified as Exynos 2500-A, will be an octa-core chip for the Galaxy S25 series. The company might optimize it for the new flagships from the ground up. The other version, Exynos 2500-B, will reportedly feature ten CPU cores (deca-core) and power the next generation of flagship Android tablets and Windows laptops from Samsung. The CPU configuration and speed of either variant is not known.

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