First Sony Xperia XZ Premium benchmark results show great promise

The Xperia XZ Premium is the Sony's first smartphone equipped with a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the same CPU that's inside Samsung's flagships, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+.

However, unlike Samsung's smartphone, the Xperia XZ Premium is not yet available for purchase, though, it can be pre-ordered in many countries across the globe. As we reported a few days ago, Sony Xperia XZ Premium is likely to make its debut on the market at the end of May or early June.

If you've been wondering how powerful the Xperia XZ Premium really is in comparison with other Snapdragon 835-powered smartphones, you're in luck since Sony's flagship has just popped up at Geekbench.

Apparently, someone tested the Xperia XZ Premium in Geekbench, and the results seem promising enough. We don't know whether or not it was a retail unit that got tested or a sample device.

Although it did not manage to surpass the results achieved by the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Sony's flagship is quite powerful. The smartphone scored 1943 points in single core and 5824 points in the multi core tests.

In comparison, Samsung Galaxy S8 scored 2008 points in single core and 6575 points in multi core tests, while the Galaxy S8+ achieved 2006 points and 6708 points, respectively.

At first glance, the difference is almost negligible when it comes to single core tests, but the multi core tests show the Xperia XZ Premium is a bit behind Samsung's flagships. Still, we don't want to jump to conclusions just yet, at least not before we test a retail unit.

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Xperia XZ Premium
  • Display 5.5" 2160 x 3840 pixels
  • Camera 19 MP / 13 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 64GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3230 mAh(24.7h 3G talk time)



1. androiduser

Posts: 557; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Lmao just as good as the s7

2. mixedfish

Posts: 1571; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

What S7 are you smoking?

10. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

S7 scores almost exactly the same score. The exynos version I mean. Here are the recent benchmarks from geekbench database:

36. sgodsell

Posts: 7622; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Anyone using Geekbench for benchmarking and thinks it's results are gospel, is an idiot.

3. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Benchmark doesn't translate to real world performance. The s8 is slower to xz premium and even xzs. If you don't believe me go and watch phone battles on YouTube

4. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Slower than

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Doesn't necessarily translate* You need to add 'necessarily' in between for a correct statement.

6. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

I don't add necessarily because Benchmark is never correct

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Wrong. Interpretation doesn't work the way you think it does. You need to justify your statement with evidence. Like the evidence I am going to provide to prove you wrong. See the benchmarks of iPhone 7 on Geekbench 4? It has much higher single-core score than any other flagship mobile device known to me. And it's much lesser app load-up times (storage speeds also play a key role here, though) and better fps in cpu-intensive tasks proves its benchmarks as legit. Here, the benchmark is correct. That is why you now need to re-evaluate your statement before backfiring at me, again. Coz it won't work, my friend.

13. adibuyono

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Eerrr.. Actually, apps (mostly game) run faster at iOS is only because its specially design for apple chipset.. Android apps run slower, because the apps is not designed only for one proccessor manufacture.. android apps is design to be able to run on quallcomm chip, mediatek chip, exynos chip, and of course, there is price to pay

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Dear adi, all apps aren't fully optimized for Apple hardware and software. Some are just coded for iOS without satisfactory optimization. But iPhones' fast NVMe storage read speeds, and faster CPU help them open faster than on most Android devices. And the second part of your statement relating to Android apps isn't fully correct either. It depens on the app and what the developer optimizes it for. And btw the topic of my discussion was related to the legitimacy of benchmarks, so I would like if you stay on that topic too. Thank you! Note: you have the right to debunk any of my claims if you find them wrong. But correct them with evidence if that's the case.

23. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Benchmarks do mean that the CPU has more grunt. I wasn't even arguing about that. But higher geekbench scores don't translate into better app opening speeds. It translates into faster memory access time, faster algorithm computation, faster rendering and other stuff. Geekbench is a CPU benchmark, and has very little impact on app opening speeds. Now, why does iPhone load apps faster? The reason is two-fold. First of all, iPhone's NAND flash is much faster than android phones at the moment in sequential speeds. I can show you how the S7 beats the 32GB iPhone in speed tests, but the 128GB iPhone will smoke the S8. Heck, even a 128GB iPhone 6s will beat the iPhone 7 32GB due to much faster NAND flash. Also, the apps in iOS are better optimized to run on high end hardware, since all iPhones are high-end. Since they focus on less number of phones, the app itself is much more leaner and there are less redundant files, leading to faster access times. At last, there is an important thing you must remember that separates a stupid statistician from a decent one. Any decent statistician knows that "correlation doesn't imply causality".

26. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Why are you replying to me? My comment was a reply to no.6, not you.

7. cheetah2k

Posts: 2325; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Interesting to know if that was in 4K screen mode, or 1080 screen mode (because it is switchable).. if 1080 then that's fuarked

8. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Why it's fuarked? Galaxy s8 also runs at 1080p fanboy

9. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1186; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Don't mind him. Apparently, even though this is iPhonearena (editors are mostly Apple fans), but the comment sections are dominated mostly by Samsung fanboys. So yeah, their latest crusade motto is "fight for android", but actually they hate anything other than Samsung.

11. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

It's not slower at all. What are you going to show, some crappy speed test in which someone opens some apps and shows how fast they open? That's a storage speed test, which the S8 does pretty poorly. I can show the S7 beating the S8 in those tests, doesn't mean it's slower. The S8 will smoke the XZs in gaming since the GPU is much faster. Also the SD835 is built for battery efficiency, not performance. You are saying benchmarks don't translate into real life by giving an example that's also not applicable in real life. Pixel and pixel XL are the smoothest and most consistent android phones. Yet, almost all phones will beat them in straight line speed. Doesn't mean they are better performance. Performance is an experience, not an experiment. Sony smartphones are dead. Even the company claims they are not a priority. They make amazing cameras(proud a6300 owner) and their TVs are nice too.

16. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

These benchmarks show neither if this phone is more powerful or less powerful than the S8 since they sport the same chip. In GSMArena, the Geekbench scores of the S8 and S8+ are much lower than PA's S8 and S8+. Everyphone can have a different benchmark score everytime they run the benchmark, it depends on the situation they perform the benchmark, where they did it, and the version of software it is running. Knowing as it is not yet released, it could still be pre-production software.

24. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

GSMArena gives a disclaimer below their benchmarks of the S8 in their review. They got their review device and did a test with geekbench 4.0. In the middle of their review cycle, geekbench 4.1 dropped and all scores got useless. They didn't have time to redo the tests and published the 4.0 numbers. Both PA's and GSMArena's numbers are correct. They are just different benchmarks which can't be compared.

21. Djz89

Posts: 447; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

I got the xzs and i do like it alot, the battery could be better. But it was 2/3 of the price of s8 and g6 and it does not have a glass body so for me it was the most logical phone to buy, no regrets. Sony said that they dont fight to be on the top (samsung,apple) but that they want to keep a steady contact with carriers and coustomers( mainly fans when it comes to phones.) but i do agree that cameras and tvs is where the shine, i am looking at the xe90 or the xe93 atm for my new main tv :) The xzs might not be a benchmark camp, but it is super fast and it doest not lag or anything, IMO the xzs is a solid phone in every aspect exept battery, ther its medicore.

22. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

Wrong according to apteligent report Sony smartphones is more reliable than any other android phones. (I still can't post the links because i have less than 30 posts) And you also totaly wrong about "Sony smartphones are dead" because Sony’s Kaz Hirai himself says no plans to quit smartphones bussiness and their latest reports also shows pretty good news because Sony Mobile divison back in the black with full year profits of 10 billion yen. There is no doubt that Sony Mobile division is in bad conditions but it's not as bad as Samsung Camera division. We all know that Samsung always looks great on benchmark but not in real world performance and it gets worst with time. I'm sure the additional features and apps in samsung smartphones like slow down the performance of their phones and make it harder for their developers to optimize it.

25. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Sony also said that smartphones are not a major priority right now. They are waiting for something new to happen so they can jump back in. Samsung camera division doesn't exist. They just experimented it with a couple cameras and then gave up simply because they can't compete with Sony. I am not a fanboy. I love custom built PC's, Dell's laptops, Oneplus/samsung's phones, Apple's tablets, LG's OLED TVs and so on. I don't think there is ant reason to buy Sony's smartphones right now with the company itself not trying hard enough. I would rather get a Oneplus 5 for half the price.

29. AlphaMale

Posts: 59; Member since: May 03, 2017

Not a major priority does not mean dead right? They are just being realistic and keep thinking foward. Dude Samsung released their first mirrorless camera one month earlier than sony in the same year. (2010) and from that year up to february 2015 both of them released the same amount of camera (19 cameras) Samsung (from NX10 to NX3300) and Sony (from Nex-3 to a7 II). So i don't think "They just experimented with it" because both of them start the mirrorless revolution from the same year, released the same amount of cameras even that time Samsung has better APS-C camera than Sony (NX1) with better native APS-C lens lineup but somehow they just abandoned their NX Series cameras and until now they still have not given an official statement about it. I'm a big fan of Sony since PS2 but i'm also open minded that's why 2 years ago I prefer to buy LG TV because the price of Sony TV at that time is much more expensive. I'm not agree with you about not trying hard enough because after so many years finally sony make a phone that can compete with the major players. Xperia XZ Premium may not have a thin bezels, weird aspect ratio or curved display but the other components inside the XZ Premium is top notch and it also has unique features that's not available on other phones. I don't know about you but at my place if you in the market for flagship smartphones you don't really care about the price and Chinese brand was never considered.

31. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I do agree with your previous post, but Android is all about choice and personal preference.... I have used Motorola, Samsung, Nexus and then some no-brand Chinese devices, but I have always enjoyed my Sony Xperias the most.... They have never been ahead in terms of better camera, display or anything in particular for that matter, but the whole experience for me is great, uncluttered, and with the right amount of customizing and features. Sony indeed is not prioritizing their smartphone division, however they keep making them, not because of profits, but because they use them as reference devices and to test new technologies and keep up with what's out there... What they said was (paraphrasing) that they still make components and they rather keep within the smartphone world, so that they know what to develop and what to offer... but if they quit entirely the smartphone business, they would no longer be in touch with it, so other divisions related to it might suffer. I think, that if you prefer something else than what Samsung and Apple are offering, Sony XZ line is not a bad choice... True OnePlus is also a good one... but I personally prefer certain features only found in Xperias....

35. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

No way that Sony smartphones are dead. they're still giving their best (of course they would, they don't want to lose their brand image...). They still have one of the fastest and most reliable UI (My G6 has had more crashes already than my Z2 and Z5 in four years). They're one of the fastest with updates as well. That's why Sony Mobile again made a profit (even though PA isn't going to report on it).

14. hansip87

Posts: 231; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

benchmark doesn't matter anyway. You got speedy one? cool.. what game can you play on it? Crysis? Nah.. what matters is always battery life these days..

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Agreed. Battery capacity and eventually the overall battery life has now become the most important spec for me in a flagship phone.

19. zenun12

Posts: 205; Member since: Oct 31, 2016

Miss those days when 900mAh can already last you a month. To be honest, Snapdragon 801 can still provide a very smooth experience nowadays, where does it lose? Benchmarks of course. OEMs are rushing to add features and display resolution when 1080p and SD801 can still provide a solid performance. What if OEMs just maintained specs but improved crucial aspects like battery endurance and longevity? But all that OEMs plan with their phones is planned obscelesence.

27. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Dude, better processors theoretically translate to better efficiency too. The architecture plays a big part in it. And SD 801 would be a bad choice for today's smartphones. A flagship needs to have the latest specs possible. And seeing the SoC is the brain, it needs to be mature enough to be called an adult that can smash it at incredible fps.

18. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

CPU Benchmarks matter to me because they are indicative of slower or faster CPU performance, for the most part. A device scoring 800 on Geekbench 4 would definitely be weaker than the one scoring 1800. Therefore it indicates the former will be slower in real world CPU-intensive tasks too. Provides all variables are set to constant. Isn't always necessary, but is correct mostly.

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