Let’s look at an on-paper Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Exynos 2200 vs Dimensity 9000 comparison.

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 vs Exynos 2200 vs Dimensity 9000 specs:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1Samsung Exynos 2200Mediatek Dimensity 9000
CPU1x Cortex-X2 @ 3GHz
3x Cortex-A710 @ 2.5GHz
4x Cortex-A510 @ 1.8GHz
1x Cortex-X2
3x Cortex-A710
4x Cortex-A510
1x Cortex-X2 @ 3.05GHz
3x Cortex-A710 @ 2.85GHz
4x Cortex-A510 @ 1.8GHz
GPUAdrenoXclipse 920
AMD RDNA2 cores
Arm Mali-G710 MC10
Display144Hz at QHD+
60Hz at 4K
144Hz at QHD+
120Hz at 4K
180Hz at FHD+
HexagonDual-core NPU + DSPAPU 5.0
six cores
Modem10Gbps download (mmWave)
Sub-6GHz speed unknown

3GPP Release 16 5G
7.35Gbps download
5.1Gbps download

3GPP Release 16 5G
7Gbps download (sub6GHz)

3GPP Release 16 5G
Camera200MP single
64MP+36MP dual
36MP+36MP+36MP triple
8K/30fps HDR recording
200MP single
64MP+36MP dual
8K/30fps, 4K/120fps, 4K HDR recording
320MP single
32MP+32MP+32MP triple
8K/24fps recording
4K HDR Video
H.264, H.265, VP9 decode
AV1, H.264, H.265, VP9 decode
AV1, H.264, H.265, VP9 decode
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.2
Wi-Fi 6E
Bluetooth 5.3
Wi-Fi 6E
Process4nm Samsung4nm Samsung4nm TSMC
CPU and GPU performance

Snapdragon, Exynos, and Dimensity all use the same CPU cores and 1+3+4 layout, we’re expecting a similar level of performance. We may see a couple of benchmark percentage points between them due to clock speed and cache differences, particularly as Mediatek uses the superior TSMC 4nm manufacturing process rather than Samsung 4nm. But the core experiences will likely feel almost identical between all three — barring any glaring overheating or throttling issues, of course. It is also worth noting that Mediatek supports slightly faster LPDDR5X RAM than its competitors, although it will be down to partner devices to make use of this little extra potential.

Mediatek’s Dimensity 9000 is the most well-known quantity, opting for an Arm Mali-G710 MC10 GPU that promises a 35% performance boost over last gen’s Snapdragon 888. We know less than ever about Qualcomm’s latest Adreno GPU as the company has dropped the numbering from its naming convention. All we know is that it boasts 30% faster rendering than its previous generation, with Samsung introducing hardware-backed ray tracing.

Samsung’s Exynos 2200 potentially offers the most radical change to mobile graphics in generations. The Xclipse 920 GPU sports the same AMD RDNA2 architecture powering the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series consoles and high-end PC graphics cards. In a major first for mobile, hardware-based ray tracing also finds its way into the Exynos 2200 GPU, which will certainly be more potent than Mediatek’s software support.

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