Exynos 2500 vs Snapdragon 8 Gen 4: GAA Transistors Boost Efficiency

What you should know


  • The Exynos 2400 SoC features a deca-core CPU and hardware-accelerated ray tracing for more realistic lighting effects in video games.
  • Geekbench tests reveal the Exynos 2400 SoC is nearly as powerful as the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC, with Samsung employing it in the Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+ in most markets, except the U.S. and China.
  • For the Galaxy S25 series, Samsung plans to continue using the Exynos 2500 AP in all markets except the U.S. and China, where the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 for Galaxy AP will be used.
  • The Exynos 2500 SoC, rumored to be more energy-efficient than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 SoC, is attributed to Samsung Foundry’s second-generation 3nm process node using Gate-All-Around (GAA) transistors, which limit leaks and increase the drive current.


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Oh, the Exynos 2400 application processor, or AP for short, really caught us off guard—in a good way, of course. It’s not just any chip; it’s a powerhouse with a deca-core CPU. And get this, it’s got hardware-accelerated ray tracing. That means video games look insanely good with all those realistic lighting effects—shadows, reflections, you name it.

Now, onto the Geekbench gossip. The Exynos 2400 SoC is, believe it or not, neck and neck with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 SoC in terms of power. Fast forward to 2023, and all the Galaxy S23 models were flaunting the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy chipset. Samsung, for reasons known only to them, decided to skip mass-producing the Exynos 2300.

But here’s where it gets juicy. The Exynos 2400? Samsung went all in with it for the Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24+ in pretty much every market. Well, except for the U.S. and China. Those places got the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy instead. And, oh, the Galaxy S24 Ultra got the Snapdragon treatment worldwide, no exceptions.

Wccftech dropped a hint about Samsung’s game plan for the Galaxy S25 series next year. Looks like the Exynos 2500 AP will be the heart of the Galaxy S25 and Galaxy S25+ in most places. But guess what? The U.S. and China will likely see the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 for Galaxy powering those models. And yep, the Galaxy S25 Ultra will have that same chip under its hood everywhere.

The tech behind these chips? Samsung Foundry’s 4nm node is what brought the Exynos 2400 SoC to life. Rumor has it, the Exynos 2500 SoC will be even more cutting-edge, thanks to Samsung Foundry’s second-gen 3nm process node. And here’s a spicy tidbit from a leaker known as PandaFlash: the Exynos 2500 is expected to be more energy-efficient than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4. Why? Because Samsung’s going all-in with its second-gen 3nm node.

So, why should we care about Samsung Foundry’s second-gen 3nm node versus TSMC’s? Well, it’s all about those Gate-All-Around (GAA) transistors. Samsung’s using them to wrap the gate around the channel on all four sides. It’s like a hug that keeps everything in place, reducing leaks and boosting the drive current. TSMC, on the other hand, is sticking with FinFET transistors for now, which only cover three channels.

But here’s the kicker: the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chipset is reportedly struggling with power consumption. The rumor mill suggests manufacturers are beefing up batteries to 5500mAh just to keep up. And let’s not forget, Samsung’s had its own share of drama with low yields in the past. But hey, word on the street is they’ve managed to bump their yield up to 60%. If that’s true, it’s a pretty big deal.

In the end, both the Exynos 2500 and Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 are set to make their grand entrance later this year. It’s going to be interesting to see how all this tech drama unfolds, don’t you think?

Derrick Flynn
Derrick Flynnhttps://www.phonesinsights.com
With over four years of experience in tech journalism, Derrick has honed his skills and knowledge to become a vital part of the PhonesInsights team. His intuitive reviews and insightful commentary on the latest smartphones and wearable technology consistently provide our readers with valuable information.


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