Did you know that Exynos processors now power more than 20 different smartphones (and some aren't made by Samsung)?

Did you know that Exynos processors now power more than 20 different smartphones (and some aren't made by Samsung)?
While Samsung’s Exynos System on Chip is far from being as widely used as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, it is powering more smartphones than you may have thought. Samsung’s official website now lists 25 handsets that use Exynos processors, though some are variations of the same model.

The very first Exynos SoC - the Exynos 3 Single - was used in some Samsung Galaxy S models from 2010 (for example, the Galaxy S Fascinate and the Galaxy S 4G were powered by this processor). All of Samsung’s flagships released after that - Galaxy S II, Galaxy S III, Galaxy S4, Galaxy S5 - had at least one version that used (or uses) an Exynos chipset. The same goes for the original Galaxy Note, the Note II, Note III, and Note 4.

The latest member of the Exynos family is the Exynos 7 Octa - which is another name for Exynos 5433, the chipset found inside the non-American version of Galaxy Note 4.

But it’s not just Samsung that makes handsets using Exynos chipsets. China’s Meizu and Lenovo also released smartphones based on this platform, and we assume other companies will do it, too, in the future. Here’s a (seemingly complete) list of Exynos-powered smartphones, with the mention that many of them also have Snapdragon variants:

Do you have any favorites from the handsets listed above (and seen below)? Let us know in the comments!

reference: Samsung



1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Weren't the early iPhones powered by Samsung chips as well?

3. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Yes, but not named Exynos.

7. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

While Samsung hadn't started using the "Exynos" brand, the Samsung APL0298C05 SoC used in the iPhone 3GS was a forerunner of the future Exynos chips (and was a really good chip for its day).

5. Miracles

Posts: 560; Member since: Aug 31, 2013

Maybe not sure. Are we talking og iPhone and 3G?

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2370; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Could be a good SoC if the drivers weren't closed source and they actually supported more LTE bands.

25. Knicknevin

Posts: 153; Member since: Mar 18, 2011

Qualcomm is the impediment in licensing the LTE Bands. I would love to see some sweet Exynos in the states.

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

The 5433/7 octa is a killer SoC. It practically kills any other chip in CPU power by at least 30%. Even the denver tegra K1 is no match for the raw power. i watched a video review and saw it do the software refocusing( the samsung implementation of that DoF thingy) and it was DAMN fast. It was able to do it in real time while the s5 and the note 4 s805 take about a second to change from near focus to far focus. Also the opening and closing apps was insanely fast. The exynos chips also have the great wolfson DACs. So sad my country is getting the snapdragon 805 version.

6. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I hope that Samsung expands their LTE support, so the US and other countries can use Exynos chips. I'd really like high quality audio, i.e. the Wolfson DACs, and Qualcomm is unlikely to ever improve their audio quality.

16. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

I'm pretty certain the Tegra K1 Denver outperforms it by a decent margin in single-core performance, but it's slightly behind the Exynos 5433 in multi-core performance. Regardless, it's still an impressive chip and it's a shame that Qualcomm has such a near monopoly in the states. (Remind me of their United States competitors please??)

17. samub

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

it's not slightly behind.multi-core exynos scores about 4000 points while k1 scores 3200 points.

22. TyrionLannister unregistered

The denver is running on 64 bit while the 5433 beats it still while being on 32 bit. When note 4 will get android L, it'll receive around 20% speed bump. Now the scores are: Single core: 5433: 1280 ( around 1500 expected after 64 bit support) K1: 1800 Multi core: 5433: 4200 ( around 5k expected after 64 bit) K1: 3200 Android manages multiple cores pretty well and hence most of the cores are used pretty well. So single core performance is important but not so much as it is in iOS. Multi core is more important in android.

23. alrightihatepickingusernames

Posts: 474; Member since: Dec 29, 2013

Didn't realize it was by such a large margin. Again, it's a shame Exynos chips aren't used in the states.

19. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Its sad that Sam takes so much time to release the source code . And K1(dual core) is better .

21. TyrionLannister unregistered

K1 dual core has better GPU but 5433 has a better CPU.

8. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Exynos FTW. I remember in 2011 and 2012 when Exynos was one of the strongest SoCs. Can't wait to see the power of Exynos 7 Octa. (The Exynos 3 still powers my Galaxy S very well)

24. clearblack

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 04, 2014


9. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

they only managed to convince a few chinese manufacturers to use their chip

10. samub

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

nice samsungarena for ads

11. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Too bad adblock is dumb enough not to filter these articles.

12. tamerhayadre

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 10, 2014

which one is better : the galaxy note 4 with exynos version or the snapdragon?

20. Jobayer

Posts: 167; Member since: Feb 22, 2013

Get the snapdragon version , their network modem is a lot better . And more support for the XDA.

13. AndroidTech

Posts: 20; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

Its always exynos versions are far more better ever since note 3 released.. Exynos is more advanced and its arm mali gpu is simply amazing.. Sad that even my country is getting snapdragon..

14. Ashoaib

Posts: 3282; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

in my country both are launching ;) bcoz one store is listing exynos model and the other strore is listing sd805 model

18. AlexisR

Posts: 19; Member since: Oct 07, 2014

what country is that ?

15. twens

Posts: 1175; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Well, exynos only started performing poorly from the s4-s5. Now let's hope the new series can bring back some exynos love. Can I hear an Amen!!!

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