Galaxy S10 Exynos vs S10 Snapdragon: Which is better?


Over the years, much has been made of the advantages a device may have when its hardware is made by the same company which makes the software, as is the case with the Apple iPhone’s iOS and the A-series chips running them. In the Android world, Samsung’s Galaxy S phones – particularly the international versions of which – have long been the closest that fans of the green bot can get to this kind of seamless hardware and software integration with Samsung’s in-house-built Exynos SoC’s.

Ten years after the first Galaxy S device, the Galaxy S10 is running Samsung’s latest OS, One UI which, despite its many Samsung-oriented tweaks, is still, at its core, the Android OS. With a decade of development under its belt, does Samsung’s Exynos 9820-based S10 prove superior to the Qualcomm-Snapdragon-855-toting Galaxy S10? We took to the benchmarks to get a better look.

As it’s been in the past, it’s a close fight, but there are some surprises. We ran our usual battery of tests, which includes Antutu, Geekbench 4, GFXBench, and the Jetstream browser benchmark.

Antutu and Geekbench 4



Antutu, a solid, all-around benchmark test gives the first round to the Snapdragon-855-based Galaxy S10, by a noticeable but altogether negligible margin. Geekbench 4 delivers our first surprise as the Exynos has typically shown its biggest strengths in single- and multi-core performance. “Not today,” says the mighty SD 855-driven S10, besting the Exynos 9820 in multi-core performance. The Exynos 9820 did eke out a wider margin of victory on single-core performance, though, but alas, phones don’t run on just one core of a processor. This was a surprising and commendable victory for the U.S.’s SD 855 version of the S10 in terms of raw processing power – sorry international users and Exynos fans.

The Exynos-based Galaxy S10 wasn’t down for the count yet, though.

GFXBench


With all-around performance and pure processing power out of the way, we moved on to the gaming-oriented GFXBench, which revealed the most surprising result of our testing. Not only did the SD 855 fall well short of 60 fps on the Manhattan 3.1 test at 38 fps, but this was almost 20 fps lower than the Exynos 8920 variant, which scored 56 fps. The gap closed slightly in GFXBench’s Car Chase test, but a disparity still persisted in the Exynos Galaxy S10’s favor.

While you may not be able to tell much of a difference in gaming between the two of them, numbers like these are more indicative of a higher susceptibility to gaming obsolescence on the Snapdragon-based Galaxy S10 versus the Exynos one. The kind of advancement in mobile gaming that would make either of these devices anything close to obsolete would be quite a leap, though, so we won’t go around sounding any alarms about the SD 855-based S10’s rather average scores.

Jetstream



Lastly, we ran the Jetstream 1.1 browser benchmark to see how browsing and web applications may be affected by this. The Snapdragon variant created some distance for itself here, which, in either the default Google Chrome browser or Samsung’s proprietary internet browser, saw better scores than the Exynos S10.

But wait – what about battery life?



Samsung’s Exynos-variant Galaxy S devices haven’t exactly cultivated reputations as juice-sippers. The trend continues here with average battery discharge results in our custom tests. The Snapdragon S10 lasted seven and a half hours, pretty much on the dot, while the Exynos version clocked in six hours and 45 minutes before shutting down – almost an hour less. Neither are particularly impressive numbers, so you’ll likely have to plug in for a nightly charge on either of these devices, though the Exynos could prove more susceptible to quicker discharges under more intense conditions i.e. gaming or heavy app usage.

Conclusion


Suffice it to say, we have yet another close race between Samsung’s Exynos- and Snapdragon-based Galaxy S10 devices. While Samsung has shown improvement over time, specifically in the area of gaming, it’s beginning to give way in raw processing power and consequently is not yet a third-party-processor-crushing machine as the Apple A-series has proven to be. Instead, with three wins out of six tests, it proves only that the Galaxy S10 is a very fine device out of the box in either of its U.S. or international variants, with no glaring advantages in either to be seen.

What do you all think? Do any of these results push you to favor one over the other?

Thanks to our friends at T-Mobile for sharing a Galaxy S10 Snapdragon unit with us!

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Galaxy S10
  • Display 6.1" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh

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36 Comments

1. Macready

Posts: 1817; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Interesting, Tweakers.net posted excellent battery results for the Exynos S10 (especially the + and E).

12. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Actually, everyone else posted excellent battery results for the S10 line.

17. raky_b

Posts: 384; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

No, they didn't...just go on reddit to read real people's experiences.

2. AbhiD

Posts: 720; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

There is something seriously wrong with how you test phones PA. Those graphic benchmarks are totally whack! SD855 version is coming out on top everywhere except your tests. And it's a no brainer that Adreno GPUs are anyday better than Mali ones. That's the inherent strength of Snapdragon processors. Infact Gary Explains(YouTube) did his own custom speedtest between Snapdragon and Exynos variants of S10 and Snapdragon came out on top by a wide margin both in GPU and CPU. Not to mention, even AnandTech is disappointed by Exynos performance this time around. Your journalism quality needs a serious upgrade.

6. Mike88

Posts: 327; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Those aren't phonearena tests,, those are GFXbench tests and are very reliable,, the Samsung exynos S10 is a better gaming machine than sd855.. While none of these processors can beat the A12 bionic which is the best mobile processor in the world,, only second to A12X which is faster than 90% of computers even.. Despite big claims android is far behind iphones in power and gaming... Those high performance AR games are just a dream for Android

8. AbhiD

Posts: 720; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

You are an idiot. GFXbench tests of SD855 are much better on GSMarena and other sites. Stop being a delusional Samsung ass licker. If their processors aren't great, just accept it. Even in GaryExplains test, Exynos variant struggled to render the graphics with many dropped frames while SD855 went extremely smooth.

11. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 670; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Are you okay?

25. Guseinguliev

Posts: 104; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

855 on 7 nanometers and exynos 8, exynos was and will be crap. Because of this, I do not buy their smartphones.

36. nariman-babayev

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 05, 2019

i have exynos version 10+ piece of s**t pubg 20 30 fps fps drop battery weak than snapdragon i will buy 1+ 7pro. samsung only s series good but not exynos versions

31. Instigator

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

I guess it will never occur to you that people take kickbacks from these large companies. You don't seem to be aware that Qualcomm are losing their monopoly, and Samsung are a threat to them as they want to start selling Exynos SoC's to other companies. You don't think AnandTech are taking cash to discredit Samsung? The fact is, real life speed tests show the Exynos to be slightly faster than the SD 855 S10 in opening apps. Look at the speed test from XEETECHCARE against the iPhone and then compare it to the 855 S10 for the same apps on other channels. The Exynos is a beast with those large M4 cores, hence the high single core benchmark score. Maybe you should go back and remind yourself how Gary previously said benchmarks were valid.

13. eausa

Posts: 86; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

A12 Faster than 90% of computers huh... right...

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2026; Member since: May 26, 2011

LOL right? They actually think mobile processors that are severely limited by TDP will beat computers with higher ceiling tdp and the ability to add a dedicated graphics cards

18. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

A12X, the chips inside ipad pros

26. Guseinguliev

Posts: 104; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

Mali and game? are you kidding?

29. Ray.S

Posts: 455; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

That's not correct. Adreno has historically been a weak GPU for gaming specifically. I'm not talking Candy Crush or Clash of Clans, but more demanding stuff, like Arena of Valor. In those kinds of games you can easily see the performance is not there yet to deliver 60 fps at such high resolutions.

30. japkoslav

Posts: 1499; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Wow, we have here a guy from another dimension. Imagine that, there is a parallel universe where Mali is faster than Adreno ... We know Exynos SOC was good, battery efficient SOC for a while, but that is 4 generations ago (S7 times). As an EU dude I will most likely import my next Samsung, at least until they make Exynos equal, at least almost equal to a Snapdragon.

35. holyghost67

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 25, 2019

gary gary gary gary gary gary. Listen if your SD855 is so powerful why is it getting lower score on manhattan and single core lower score on Geekbench? You may put up an argument that these graphics processing benchmarks arent as optimized for SD. While I can say the same for gary's custom graphics test is that its not optimized well for Exynos. The games that comes up from playstore and many other sources dont even need Sd855 to run 60 fps if they were optimized properly and Exynos 9820 is way stronger than the previous 845. Developers seems to optimize games for SD devices more because there are just more devices with SD in it. Even after that 2% of the game only has a around 8 FPS lead over exynos when compared to SD. Other games it goes toe to toe with around the same fps maybe 2 less or more. So before you just compare two variant dig into logical conclusion instead of just licking gary's ass. I have seen a 48 mins russian vid about the both variant in terms of playing games with FPS on the display and the results were more similar than ever

3. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I would love to see a real life battle between those two, to see how much power efficient the SD855 is compared to the Exynos, and if there is any real difference in image processing between the two.

14. Fred3

Posts: 495; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Search Gary explains on YouTube

19. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Saw his video already, and it is nothing but a speed test, it doesn't answer any of the above questions.

4. shield

Posts: 834; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

Ok exynos is s**t.. I need better battery life no better skore in benchmark!

9. libra89

Posts: 2271; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

A whole hour less is a noticeable difference.

5. sirohunter

Posts: 193; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Short answer: A12

20. ijuanp03

Posts: 568; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

A12 inside a low-resolution HD display.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Short question: what SOC lost in real world speed tests to the S10?

7. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3100; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Is their a difference in the 4g modem data speeds between the SD and Exynos? They should perform a lot better than the Intel one’s found in the iPhone XS.

10. torr310

Posts: 1645; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

None for their hardware... I only miss Samsung's own software such as gallery, camera, browser...etc.

16. 44alexsmith

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

The international models typically get access to the latest version of Android before the U.S. variant does. So if history repeats itself, the Exynos variant will get Android Q a few months before the U.S. Snapdragon variant does. You'll want the U.S. variant if you want to use Samsung Pay in the U.S.

22. cheetah2k

Posts: 2213; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

SD855 all the way for me. The Exynos and Mali have always had compatibility issues for me with gaming, as it relies heavily on OpenGL compatibility - where as the Snapdragon Adreno has always worked seemlessly for me. I'm based in Aus where we only get the Exynos, so I ordered the HK (TGY) variant of the SD855. Also the Qualcomm 4G modems have always proven faster on Aussie 4G networks.. Can't wait to get it!

23. adibuyono

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 29, 2017

Good to see this. I really disappointed with 2017 Exynos Galaxy Note 8 GPU performance. It's far behind SD835. It can't even play decent graphic demanding games like AoV and Mobile legend with stable 60 FPS. Leave alone PUBG with only medium setting available there.

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