These are Samsung's best Exynos-powered smartphones thus far

These are Samsung's best Exynos-powered smartphones thus far
Samsung has been using its own Exynos SoCs inside select smartphone models since 2010, when the company released the very first Galaxy S handset. Since then, Exynos processors became more and more popular, even powering some non-Samsung handsets (made by China's Lenovo and Meizu, for example).

But it seems that it's only now, in 2015, when Exynos processors are becoming truly important, as Samsung will exclusively use the octa-core Exynos 7420 to power its next-generation flagship smartphones: the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, both of which are going to be officially announced tomorrow at MWC 2015.

It's a perfect time for us to take a look at the best Exynos-powered handsets that Samsung launched until now, isn't it? In chronological order:

Samsung Galaxy S5

Announced in February 2014, and released around the world not long after that, the Galaxy S5 is powered by either a quad-core Snapdragon, or an octa-core Exynos 5422 processor (the latter includes four 1.9 GHz Cortex A15 cores, and four 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 cores). The Exynos variant doesn't feature LTE connectivity, but, that aside, it's essentially the same device. The S5 is Samsung's first water-resistant flagship smartphone, as well as the first to come with a 5.1-inch display and a 16 MP rear camera.


Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Several months after launching the S5, Samsung introduced the Galaxy K Zoom. This one doesn't have any Snapdragon variants, relying only on Samsung's Exynos 5 Hexa 5260 processor, which has four 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 cores, and two 1.7 GHz Cortex A15 cores. The distinctive feature of the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is its massive 20.7 MP rear camera with 10x optical zoom and Xenon flash.


Samsung Galaxy Alpha

The Galaxy Alpha was released in September last year as Samsung's first Galaxy to be designed around a metallic frame. At the time of its launch, the Alpha was Samsung's thinnest smartphone ever (6.7 mm). There are two Galaxy Alpha variants: one using a quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, and another one that incorporates an octa-core Exynos 5430 CPU. Both offer the same 4.7-inch 720p display, plus a 12 MP rear camera, 32 GB of non-expandable internal memory, and a small (but surprisingly powerful) 1860 mAh battery.


Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Galaxy Note 4 is seen by many as one of Samsung's best smartphones ever. Available since October 2014, the Note 4 is yet another Samsung flagship that's powered by either a Snapdragon processor (quad-core SD 805), or an Exynos one (Exynos 7 Octa 5433). Like the Galaxy Alpha, the Note 4 has a metallic frame, but its features are significantly more advanced, including a 5.7-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display, 3 GB of RAM, and a 16 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization.


Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Announced at the same time with the Note 4, the Galaxy Note Edge is more of a niche smartphone, since it sports a curved, asymmetrical display. But it's just as powerful as the Note 4, thanks to the fact that it has the same internals - including the same choice of processors.


Samsung Galaxy A7

And here we have the newest Samsung handset to feature an Exynos processor (an Exynos 5430, to be exact, though a Snapdragon 615 variant also exists): the Galaxy A7. Announced last month, the A7 is Samsung's thinnest smartphone to date (6.3 mm), while also being the largest from the Galaxy A series, thanks to its 5.5-inch 1080p display. The Galaxy A7 is not yet widely available, and it might not be released in the US.


Naturally, there are other Exynos-powered Samsung smartphones that were among the best in their class some years ago, but we only included recently released devices here, to keep it all relevant to 2015.

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17 Comments

1. drunkenjay

Posts: 1704; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i just hope the battery life is as good or better than the s5.

2. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

it will be the same most likely. I don't think any phone has gotten worse battery life on future iterations

4. TerryTerius unregistered

Not necessarily. The G3 gets worse battery life than the G2. It still gets me through the work day fairly easily, but that's mostly because I don't have time to use my personal line (iP6 for work, G3 as a personal phone) but so much on the job. However on my off day, if i'm using my phone heavily the difference is fairly significant. Granted, I don't think Sammy will face the same issues despite the resolution bump from the S5 to the S6.

6. g2a5b0e unregistered

I was actually going to make the same comment about the G3. I think you are easily one of the most sensible people on Phone Arena. Always a joy to read your unbiased comments. +1

10. TerryTerius unregistered

Thanks! We're supposedly all lovers of tech here to varying degrees. Though everyone has their biases there's no need for nastiness, writing off the advances/accomplishments of a company simply because we don't prefer their products, or ignoring reality. I think you're one of the few people here that embody that ethos so yeah, same to you :)

8. gamblor77

Posts: 118; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

You're probably right. Yes they reduced the battery size by 10%... but the new processor takes up 35% less power, AND they're supposedly using broadcom's super efficient integrated GPS/sensor chip that uses 88% less power. Plus they have made significant improvements to oled since the S5 and even some improvements since the Note 4. So realistically I'm expecting the smaller battery in the S6 to be probably 25% better than the S5. Guess we'll see but I'm cautiously optimistic. :D

3. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i think the Galaxy SII and the Galaxy Note II were the best Exynos powered handsets because they excelled performance-wise during their time. and the first Galaxy S was powered by a Hummingbird series SoC, not an Exynos...

5. DnB925Art

Posts: 1168; Member since: May 23, 2013

Yup, I'm glad the US Note 2 had and Exynos SoC. The newest I own that has the Wolfson DAC (I also own a Nexus S 4G and an Epic 4G). Unfortunately my Note 4 has the Snapdragon so no Wolfson DAC.

14. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

The first Hummingbird SoC is Exynos 3110. Galaxy S, S2 and Note 4 are best Exynos-powered gadgets in my opinion.

7. liftmeup unregistered

Why do people think "less mAh means less energy"? Samsung has a kick ass procesor and chipset, that they can put a 2200 mAh battery in the S6 and it would still be better than some 3000 mAh phones. Learn something about optimization before you write BS

9. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Many Customers have associated exynos with lag... Exynos have a terrible reputation.. But the lag is the fault of software not the hardaware.. Exynos is very powerful

13. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

So why the Qualcomm variants aren't lag ? This is the Exynos problem from mid-2014 and before. After introducing the 5430 with 20nm CPU, Exynos is much much better

15. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

Snapdragon versions don't lag? Lol... They lag more. Especially in 3D games.

11. FluffyBled unregistered

I own the exynos version of the Galaxy S5. It outperforms the snapdragon variant but daym it has no LTE connectivity!

12. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

The only problem with samsung smartphones is they still use the back - speaker ! it's a very bad place for the speakers and this is 2015, Phones need to have speaker toward the user's face, not away from them. Even the super-cheap motorola E have front-speaker.

17. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

There's no exynos powered note edge.

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