Snapdragon 855 vs 845 vs Exynos 9820 vs Apple A12 specs and features comparison
Qualcomm has now detailed the last piece in the Galaxy S10 chipset puzzle - its next-gen Snapdragon 855 processor. Samsung already announced its own Exynos 9820 that will likely make a cameo there, too. We are pitting the two S10 system chips against their rivals from the second half of 2018, knowing fully well that these are the processors which will be tiding us over at least until the next fall.
It's been a familiar refrain for years now - the US gets a Snapdragon-equipped Galaxy S line flagship, because... Qualcomm patents, but also Verizon and Sprint's legacy CDMA voice networks. The rest of the world, however, usually basks in the battery life efficiency coming with Samsung's homebrew Exynos line of processors, and often the added benefit of a better audio processor.
Next year, however, will be different, and not only because Snapdragon 855 may be the first with a 5G modem tacked on. Back in October 2017, Samsung touted its 8nm process as "production ready" only, and word through the grapevine put such chips on the conveyor belts in H2 2018. Well, we are getting to the tail end of that timeframe but the 9820 is now a reality, and there is a very strong possibility that the S10 may come powered by precisely the 8nm Exynos 9820, or a Snapdragon 855 done with the superior 7nm process.
Galaxy S10's Snapdragon 855 vs Exynos 9820 specs and features
We are comparing the currently known Snapdragon 855 and 9820 specs and features below for your viewing pleasure, and throwing in Apple's A12 juggernaut, plus Huawei's latest Kirin 980, as found in the Mate 20 series. For reference, we are starting with the current Snapdragon 845 that is in most 2018 Android flagships already.
As mentioned, Exynos 9820 is done with Samsung's 8nm LPP process which is more of an extension to the existing 10nm LPP in phones like the Galaxy S9, rather than Samsung's 7nm node. The advanced 7nm EUV process of Samsung is still not ready or cost-effective for mass production, it seems.
Judging from the benchmarks below, Exynos 9820 is holding its own against the Kirin 980, Apple A12 or Snapdragon 855, all of which are done on TSMC's 7nm node. Still, the tables have turned, and it is now Qualcomm's chipset that is made on a superior production node with more value-adding features folded in than the Exynos SoC.
You can preview the boost to expect with Snapdragon 855 in the AnTuTu score comparisons with the 845 and 9820 below, and the Geekbench database returns similar differences. We can't wait to pit the two Galaxy S10 versions against each other and see who comes out on top.