One of AnandTechs's deeper materials last year was our analysis of two different versions of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note9. In particular, we looked at the fairly large differences between the units offered with the Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm and Samsung's own Exynos 9820.
This year we again see that Samsung continues the dual-search strategy in the new Galaxy S10. This time we are sweeping the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 against our own new Exynos 9820 from Samsung. We were able to broadly compare the new Snapdragon 855 to CES – however, we do not know much about the new Exynos 9820.
The year of the Galaxy S9 came to MWC2018, we were able to target the phone immediately after the press event. Unfortunately, this year, when Samsung was launching a completely different event in San Francisco, we were not able to hit the unit immediately. It's been a while, but with the help of some colleagues from TechRadar, I quickly managed to access both Galaxy S1
I kept things to a minimum and decided to run PCMark and Speedometer 2.0 – both tests are some of my favorites in terms of presenting genuine performance and smartphone experience. Both phones have been installed in performance mode and have been running firmware as a Samsung test.
In the PCMark Web Browser Test, the new Galaxy S10 works well. Interestingly, compared with the results we first conducted on the Qualcomm reference device in January, the Snapdragon 855 Galaxy S10 represents a noticeable uplift, and seems to have a better idea of the chip's ability than QRD
It should be noted that the comparison what I do today are on the new firmware of Android 9 – I do not have updated numbers for Exynos S9 or Snapdragon Note9, but have the latest numbers on the Snapdragon S9. The new Exynos 9820 Galaxy S10 now shows a major upgrade compared to last year's Exynos 9810. t The numbers of the new chip are good and better than the Snapdragon 84 5, however, neither the Snapdragon 855 nor HiSilicon Kirin 980 can handle it – the last two are based on the latest Cortex A76 Arm processor cores.
The video editing test is less relevant at present because the differences in performance between different platforms are negligible. However, the new Exynos still shows a clear difference in performance against the Snapdragon counter, similar to what we saw last year.
Writing a test is probably one of the most important components of PCMark when it comes to presenting the advanced performance of the device. The Snapdragon 855 Galaxy S10 meets QRD performance, which is excellent.
The new Exynos 9820 Galaxy S10 is a big jump to Samsung, scoring twice as much as we saw on the Exynos 9810 last year. It's likely that this means that Samsung has solved some of the most important performance issues affecting Exynos S9 / Note9. The phone is still lagging behind the new Snapdragon 855 as well as the Kirin 980. We are not sure that this constant difference is related to the hardware or scheduler and will not be able to close until it is deeper. research.
In the Photo Editing Test, we see that the new Exynos 9820 performs almost twice as much as Samsung Silicon last year. It is clearer here that the difference is due to the new improved scheduler reactivity, since the workload is not necessarily limited by bandwidth. Continuing to lower the performance of the Snapdragon and Kirin chipsets, it is still noted that the Samsung API is not optimized
The data manipulation estimation is more single-current limited load. Here, the Snapdragon 855 Galaxy S10 ranks first among devices. The new Exynos 9820 does not fall too far behind, and in both versions represents a big boost over the Galaxy S9.
to browser tests, the new Galaxy S10 both perform almost identically. The performance of the Snapdragon 855 is better than the QRD we tested in January, but it still lags behind Kirin 980. The performance of Exynos 9820 here represents a huge boost over Exynos 9810.
Performance looks like "OK" for Exynos – although Snapdragon looks like a winner
In general, the new Galaxy S10 is both in line with expectations. The performance of the Snapdragon 855 Galaxy S10 is not a big surprise, as we have reviewed the chipset in detail on Qualcomm's performance previews. The Galaxy S10 actually works better than the QRD – postponing some of the worries we had on the early platform. It should be noted that Qualcomm is still lagging behind the HiSilicon Kirin 980 in some respects, possibly due to the better memory lag of the latter.
The new Exynos 9820 performs much better than last year's 9810. Note the slowness of the scheduler that haunted the last 3 generations of Samsung SoC. In addition to some obvious software enhancements, the new M4 microarchitecture also seems to have increased productivity. Samsung claims 20% better performance than the 9810, which looks smart.
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Today's results show only a minimal comparison of Samsung's new devices. Although the new Exynos 9820 can not handle the Snapdragon 855 in terms of performance, it is not the same as the difference we saw last year.
Most importantly, there is another big open question: energy efficiency. As we reviewed in our Snapdragon 855 preview, the new cores that Cortex A76 received on the new 7nm process node featured some outstanding performance metrics. The Kirin 980 HiSilicon is capable of amplifying some of the most advanced flagship devices today, and I expect the Snapdragon 855 to be able to achieve the same. If the new Exynos can achieve the same, we will have to check it out later. We should remember that the Samsung chipset not only needs to fix its problems with microarchitecture efficiency, but also has gaps in production, since the chip is made (theoretically) inferior to the 8nm process.
Unfortunately, we will not have Galaxy S10 in the house for review before public availability on March 8 th – so we will have to be a bit more patient before we can publish a more detailed analysis of new flagship devices. Samsung