A surprising feature of the Galaxy S24+ is its Exynos 2400 processor, which stands up to its top competitor, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3. Some hoped the next-generation Exynos 2500, powering the Galaxy S25 series, would be a game-changer.

X/Twitter insider OreXDA, however, painted a different picture. Despite the Exynos 2500’s main core being faster than the 2400’s, other performance cores appear to be lagging. Samsung might be focusing on battery life and efficiency rather than raw power for the S25.

The top Cortex-X5 core of the Exynos 2500 is expected to run at speeds between 3.2 GHz and 3.3 GHz. In addition, three of its Cortex-A730 cores are likely to run at 2.5 GHz or 2.3 GHz. The speeds of the Cortex-A720 cores in the Exynos 2400 are significantly lower.

An earlier leak suggested the SoC would have a unique 1+3+2+4 CPU configuration. As a result, the remaining two Cortex-A730 cores will have even lower speeds than the first three. At this point, the performance of the four Cortex-A530 cores remains a mystery.

It might seem surprising, but this move could be strategic. Exynos 2500 uses Samsung’s 3GAP process, which is expected to be more efficient than the competition’s 3nm FinFET process. Even if it doesn’t dominate benchmarks, the S25 may have a longer battery life and operate cooler.

There is still a possibility that the final specs could change, as these are only leaks. Nonetheless, if true, it suggests Samsung is prioritizing user experience over chasing the highest numbers on paper. Focusing on what users really care about could be a refreshing approach.