Back in September,
SamMobile found a Geekbench benchmark test for a Samsung device with the model number SM-G996B powered by the Exynos 2100 SoC. That means that there is a good possibility that the phone being tested
was the Galaxy S21+ model. The “B” at the end of the model number seems to indicate that this is the European variant of the flagship powered by the Exynos 2100. If true, it means that
Samsung is apparently returning to the traditional use of its own chips for the vast majority of Galaxy S handsets being released.
was discovered by SamMobile and the model number, SM-G996U, indicates that the unit tested is a U.S. version of the Galaxy S21+. Thus, we are not surprised to see it powered by the Snapdragon 875 chipset (which does have its codename Lahaina included in the Geekbench test). Qualcomm’s chip, contradicting Ice Universe’s tweet, outscored the Exynos 2100 by tallying 1120 and 3319 for single-core and multi-core results respectively.
Of course, the Exynos benchmark test is almost two months old and Sammy could have made some changes since then that would change the results. We should also point out that the more recent test revealed that the Galaxy S21+ will have 8GB of memory although other configurations with more memory will no doubt be available.
Reuters has said that the new Galaxy S21 phones will be released “as early as late January.” Tipster Jon Prosser sees a January 14th unveiling with pre-orders starting the same day; Prosser expects the new flagships to be released on January 29th.