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.



1. baldilocks

Posts: 1549; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The Geekbench scores show the 8nm Exynos outperforming the A12 Bionic on multi-thread. But, take that for what it's worth. Doesn't always translate into real world performance. An example. The OnePlus 6/6T with the 845 chip can often times be faster than the iPhone X/XS variants and also faster than the current Galaxy flagships (both Exynos and Snapdragon version.)

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2284; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

All benchmarks are clear indicator of great hardware design. However, opening and closing of apps are cheesy benchmark comparisons. What Android has managed to do is speed up the animation time to make it appear that the loads faster on certain applications. When doing heavy CPU and GPU related tasks in all cases the A-series chipset is superior.

13. luis.aag90

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

I agree with that. However let's not forget those heavy GPU tasks you mention are much fewer than regular light to medium tasks most people use every day, where difference is negligible nowadays

31. cmdacos

Posts: 4391; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

1% of users do heavy processing tasks on their phones...

43. buccob

Posts: 2981; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It is not only the opening and closing of apps... it is the readiness of said apps after being opened and being available to the user... In many cases powerful android devices outperform apple devices here. And this "cheesy comparison" is what most users perceive on a day to day basis.

2. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

The only Apple A12 downside is iOS lol

35. Agniputra

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 06, 2018


3. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 655; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

The GPU on the Exynos has 2 more cores than the one on the Kirin 980. Has the faster download and uploads speeds from the rest of the CPU's. Will it be inferior? Well reading that table only 1 chip is able to record 8k videos at 30fps. That tells me all I need to know.

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5814; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Because of CPU The 980's A76 have exceeded Arm's performance projections eventhough they aren't clocked at 3GHz like Arm claimed The 980's A76 outperform the 9810's m3 while consume just half as much energy That's a huge gap for m4 to catchup

36. UnlimitedSkye03

Posts: 300; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

I think Huawei focused more on efficiency which is why they down clocked the CPU and just implemented MP10 on G76, but gives the mate 20 series better battery performance.

41. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

Except Exynos 9820 is built on 8nm node, which is essentially a minor upgrade from 10nm. It uses A75 for the middle cluster as well so overall efficiency wise it wouldn't be as good as Snapdragon 855 let alone Kirin 980, and also keep it in mind that Samsung's M3 used inside 9810 was a complete dumpster fire of a CPU core that consumes a s*** tons of power while having no significant performance advantage over Qualcomm's Kryo core. 2 more extra GPU cores? I bet there won't be a huge difference in performance between MP10 and MP12, especially when Exynos has overall worse power efficiency and each GPU core has been always clocked higher on Kirin. And as I said before Adreno and Apple's custom GPU will crush underpowered Mali for sure. Not only that - there's a rumour that Huawei is developing the improved version of Kirin 980 that is supposed to have 10% improvement in both performance and efficiency for P30 series. Mediatek is catching up too, Samsung is definitely having a hard time competing with others in SoC development this year.

4. OneLove123

Posts: 1296; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

4k@150 FPS? Wow!

7. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Imagine the size of the videos!

14. luis.aag90

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Newest phones now record on HEVC, which is about half the size compared to MP4

19. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Not an issue with 512GB internal and a 512GB microSD card.

20. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

8k at full 30FPS. Wonder will Samaung drop a 4K display on the Galaxy in 2019. That would be totally awesome to see .y recorded 4K video natively on my phone vs just to my Tv.

38. perry1234

Posts: 654; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Not that I don't love it , but the chip capable of doing this is not an indication that Samsung will actually enable it. Very good if they do , but 9810 is capable of 4k@120FPS but Samsung never enabled this.

5. tyger11

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I would say it will be competitive with the Snapdragon 8150 (855). Better in some ways, worse in others, as in past iterations.

10. torr310

Posts: 1729; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I agree but everything is still in the air without the testing results. : )

6. BryThaPhoneGuy

Posts: 59; Member since: Nov 05, 2018

Not even gonna read the article or participate in the poll because: 1. We don't know for sure what chip the S10 will have in it. 2. The S10 isn't even out yet, making this article prematurely pointless.

11. Fred3

Posts: 612; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

It was reported that it will only have the new Exynos but i would like to see it in action also

9. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Comparing the A12 is pointless do to Android and IOS being so different. Bit looks like the new Exynos and the QC855, are probably gonna be close. QC will most certainly have the better GPU. But the Exynos is better at being less of a battery drain vs the SnapDragon. The S10 will be awesome with and so will the Note 10. 4K @ 150FPS is a monster of a GPU ok a mobile device.

12. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Android chips is no where as near as apple’s performance. Android is like toyota and apple is the ferrari. Apple is 10 years ahead. That is why, most android spec their mobiles with many cores as apple to run smoothly, but eventually starts to lag after a year and that sucks.

15. luis.aag90

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

Thanks, then Android phones are more reliable, you know you can't beat a Toyota when it comes to reliability. Most phones in repair shops are iPhones. I just saw an iPhone 7 Plus being taken to my carrier due to a bloated non lasting battery. The phone was just 14 mo old and because the moisture sensor was enabled the owner couldn't get any warranty. Sooooo Apple LOL. Also, why would you want a Ferrari for the daily tasks? You know most iPhone users just use all that raw power for Social media. And only Apple has been accused of throttling their phones with SW updates, LOL

16. Cyberchum

Posts: 1141; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Peaceboy (peace, really?), you are absolutely correct; you should stop yapping, now! Haven said that, i think you really have to consider leaving the basement. Fresh air will do you a world of good.

17. alaw.14

Posts: 431; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Exiting from your imagination, these chips are actually right there in terms of power with the adreno 630 expecting to surpass all except the a12x's gpu. Those krait cores will also crush anything in terms of processing physics. The exynos mongoose cores are expected to be on par with the a12's bionic cores. Don't forget everything else on an soc such as the modem, isp, dsp, and multimedia processing. Be more specific when saying which part of an soc is faster than another.

18. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Stop talking fa*t dude. This years Qualcomm and exynos chipset will be as powerful as apple's a12 bionic and best it in many ways as per the spec sheet listed here. Your puny little brain won't let you think so though.

21. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

If Android chips are like Toyota, then why does the Note 9 hold over 30 apps on ram and none have to refresh. How come apps open just as fast or faster as they do on the iPhone when you consider the software on the Nkte is much heavier? My Note records QHD from its front camera. Does the iPhone? I can do multiple windows on my screen which also has a higher resolution. So if my phone was as slow as a Toyota like you claimed, then why can indo more things that you just as fast or even faster than you can? Apple 10 years ahead of themselves. The iPad cost $1000 and still can do simply PC functions like have an open file system. Yea keep up your blind faith. Speed? Side by side in videos the few times the iPhone OS faster certainly are not deal breakers. Let's tall in a year after the new phones start tonthrotrle because the poorly optimized CpU is degrading your cheap Chinese batteries.

42. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

"why does the Note 9 hold over 30 apps on ram and none have to refresh" Because it has twice the amount of RAM as iPhone XS? Nothing to do with SoC mate.

29. koioz

Posts: 188; Member since: Nov 29, 2018

Your right android is like toyota and iphone is like ferrari. After couple of minutes of running the iphone will out of gas and turns into a golf kart. Lmao.

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