Exynos 1280 vs Snapdragon 778G: Which One is Better?

Samsung’s new mid-range Galaxy phones have been announced, the Galaxy A53 5G and A73 5G. These two smartphones are identical with key differences such as the 108MP camera on the A73 5G versus the 64MP on the A53 5G. The Galaxy A53 is powered by Samsung’s new in-house chipset— the Exynos 1280, whereas the Galaxy A73 is powered by Snapdragon 778G chipset, which was launched last year. In this article, we will compare the two chips and help you choose the right one for you.

Exynos 1280 vs Snapdragon 778G

The Exynos 1280 SoC is based on Samsung’s 5nm fabrication process, while the Snapdragon 778G SoC is based on a 6nm fabrication process making the Exynos chip more power-efficient than the Snapdragon 778G.

The Exynos 1280 is an 8-core processor with 2x 2.4 GHz – Cortex-A78 and 6x 2 GHz – Cortex-A55 cores and Mali G68 GPU. It is based on Samsung’s 5nm fabrication process. The Snapdragon 778G 5G is also an 8-core processor with 1x 2.4 GHz – Kryo 670 Prime (Cortex-A78), 3x 2.2 GHz – Kryo 670 Gold (Cortex-A78) and 4x 1.9 GHz – Kryo 670 Silver (Cortex-A55) cores and Adreno 642L GPU. It is based on TSMC’s 6nm fabrication process.

The Antutu score of Snapdragon 778G is 530K versus the 384K of the Exynos 1280. The Exynos 1280 has a worse CPU performance, possibly due to Samsung’s fabrication process.

The Exynos 1280 has decent performance but can cause performance drops and lags due to Samsung’s node. This shows how backward Samsung’s node is. The Exynos 1280 is not as power-efficient as you might think. The CPU can be neglected, but the GPU performance is better on the Snapdragon 778G. If you want to game or perform heavy tasks, you should go for the A73 5G without a second thought.

On GeekBench 5, the Snapdragon 778 scores 7% higher than the Exynos 1280 in single-core and shreds the Exynos 1280 in multi-core by a difference of 49%. The Snapdragon 778G does all of this while consuming less power than the Exynos chip.

Additionally, the Exynos 1280 can record and play videos up to 4K 60FPS, while the Snapdragon 778G caps out at 4K 30FPS. Both chips are 5G equipped and support Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.2.

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Which One is Better?

The Snapdragon 778G is superior to the Exynos 1280. The Snapdragon 778G beats the Exynos 1280 in almost all aspects. Lastly, if you are a gamer then do note that developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more often than for Exynos.

We would recommend you go for the A73 5G as the Snapdragon 778G will provide similar performance in a couple of years compared to now. On the other hand, the Exynos 1280 might not be able to deliver similar performance in future as compared to now.


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