Snapdragon 835 vs Exynos 8895: Battle Of The Octa-Core Processors


Qualcomm introduced its Snapdragon 835 processor in early January and Samsung officially launched the Exynos 8895 chip on Feb. 23. Both the new processors are expected to power many upcoming smartphones of 2017.

However, the Snapdragon 835 and the Exynos 8895 possess similar features which have pitted them against each other.


Both the processors have been developed to significantly improve performance from their respective predecessors. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 has been touted to have 20 percent better performance than the previous Snapdragon 821 processor.

On the other hand, Samsung's SoC, the Exynos 8895 is said to perform 27 percent better than the Exynos 8890.

"With FinFET structure that controls the current leakage very effectively, 10nm FinFET process allows up to 27% higher performance or 40% lower power consumption when compared to 14nm LPE FinFET," says Samsung.

Number Of Cores

Both processors come with octa cores and have state of the art 10nm FinFET technology which is said to reduce power consumption by a whopping 40 percent.


Coming to the graphical configurations, both processors have support for 4K gaming as well as VR. The Snapdragon 835 houses an Adreno 540, which is said to improve 3D rendering by 20 percent from the Snapdragon 821.

"With a Snapdragon processor in your device, the line between the real world and the virtual world just got thinner. With advanced technologies that are engineered to allow immersive visuals, heightened sounds and intuitive interactions, what you see is now truly what you get. Lifelike graphics. 3D audio that follows you. And almost zero lag or latency, meaning less motion sickness and more enjoyment of your virtual experience," says Qualcomm.

The Exynos 8895 has also significantly upgraded its graphics processor from the earlier Exynos 8890. The latest SoC from Exynos boasts a Mali-G71 GPU which has an impressive 20-core configuration.

Data Speeds

Both the Exynos and Snapdragon processors will allow for LTE support. The maximum download speed supported is 1Gbps while the maximum upload speed is 150Mbps in the Exynos 8895, as well as the Snapdragon 835.

No network operator has yet offered such high speed data on smartphones, but it may be good to know for fans that their devices would be able to reach such speeds if they are offered in the future.


The Exynos 8895 offers support for dual cameras with 28MP primary and 16MP secondary sensors. Comparatively, the latest SoC from Qualcomm though supports dual camera of 16MP.

Video Recording And Playback

The Exynos 8895 seems to have beaten the Snapdragon 835 in this respect. The processor from Qualcomm will support 4K video recording at 30fps and play back of 4K video at 60fps. The Exynos 8895, on the other hand, will be able to record and play 4K videos at a whopping 120fps.

Other Features

Both processors will have additional features which would allow them to perform various tasks. The SoC from Exynos supports motion detection, image registration, video tracking and object recognition.
While the Snapdragon 835 also houses similar object detection, facial recognition and gesture detection algorithms.

Which One Is Better?

The features and functionality show just how similar both the processors are. While in some cases the Exynos 8895 trumps the Snapdragon 835, there are also other cases where the Snapdragon SoC proves to be better than the one from Samsung.

Both processors are expected to be housed in many upcoming devices including Samsung's next flagship smartphone - the Galaxy S8. The Snapdragon 835 is expected to power the U.S. variant of the Samsung offering while the international variant of the mobile phone could house the Exynos 8895 chip.

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