Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC and Samsung's Exynos 8895 CPU are the two most powerful mobile processors out there at the moment. Qualcomm and introduced the Snapdragon 835 SoC back in January during CES 2017, and Samsung unveiled their most powerful offering last week. That being said, these two chips are quite similar in some regard, but are also quite different in some other aspects. Let's take a closer look at their specs, which will reveal their similarities and differences.
Both of these chips are manufactured using the latest FinFET 10nm manufacturing process, and we're looking at 64-bit octa-core chipsets here. That being said, they do sport somewhat different cores on the inside, which definitely differentiates them. The Exynos 8895 features four Exynos M2 cores running at 2.5GHz and four Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.7GHz. The Snapdragon 835, on the other hand, sports four Kyro 280 cores clocked at 2.45GHz, and four Kyro 280 cores clocked at 1.9GHz, so we're basically looking at same cores but different clock speeds here. The Exynos 8895 comes with ARM's Mali-G71 MP20 GPU, while the Snapdragon 835 ships with the Adreno 540 GPU.
Now, the Exynos 8895 offers support for 4K video recording and playback at 120fps, while the Snapdragon 835 caps out at 30fps. This is quite interesting considering that the Adreno 540 GPU in the Snapdragon 835 is expected to be more powerful than the Mali-G71 MP20 which is placed inside of the Exynos 8895, as the Adreno 540 supports DirectX12 API, while the Mali-G71 is limited to DirectX 11. Both chips offer support for Category 16 LTE, and both also support Vulkan 1.0. The Exynos chip is limited to a dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, while the Snapdragon 835 comes with support for the latest Wi-Fi 802.11 ad (60GHz) standard, which means it can transmit data at speeds of 7Gbps, in theory.
All in all, both of these chipsets are quite powerful in their own right, even though there are quite a few differences between them. If you'd like to check out a full comparison between the Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835, spec-by-spec, check out the two images in the gallery down below. It's also worth mentioning that both of these chips are expected to fuel Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus flagship smartphones which are expected to be released next month, and their availability will be region dependent. Samsung will probably utilize the Snapdragon 835 in the US, while the Exynos 8895 will be used in a number of other markets.