America gets the 'better' Galaxy S10 again, as Snapdragon 855 shoots to the benchmark top

America gets the 'better' Galaxy S10 again, as Snapdragon 855 shoots to the benchmark top
Oh, America, land of the free and home of the brave! You used to be relegated to a second-tier Samsung flagship area for far too long, as the company's homebrew Exynos processors and modems couldn't bear the US carrier frequencies and connectivity patents, much to the chagrin of local benchmark warriors.

Being destined to peruse flagship phones with Snapdragon chips, however, finally paid off with the Galaxy S9, as it marked the end of an era where Exynos-laden models consistently scored more on benchmarks and longer in battery life compared to their US-bound Snapdragon brethren. 

We are happy to confirm that with the Galaxy S10 family that trend is deepening, and the Snapdragon 855 chipset that is in the US models seems to perform a good deal better than the Exynos 9820 one, and that difference has been visible ever since early samples of the 855 were tested against other top performers.

This time around, we also have a physical difference in production modes to blame - the Snapdragon is made with the first-gen 7nm process, while the Exynos is still an 8nm affair. Samsung has a superior 7nm method in the pipeline but that one wasn't ready to churn out the millions of chips that will be needed for the amounts that a flagship Galaxy S usually sells in. Moreover, the Exynos ships with a fairly generic Mali graphics subsystem, while Qualcomm put a lot of effort improving and enriching its custom Adreno graphics.

Now off to the hard benchmarking numbers. The Snapdragon 855 processor just got crowned the fastest one an Android phone can carry, dethroning Huawei's 7nm Kirin 980 as found in the Mate 20 Pro, for instance. Galaxy S10 is still not in this chart as it hasn't been officially released, but the AnTuTu database pushed it up at the current top as people are testing their review units and the phone created numerous entries there.

Our own benchmarks of the Exynos 9820 model confirmed that it is way faster than the Exynos or Snapdragon that is in the Note 9, for instance. When clashed with the Snapdragon 855 model on Verizon, however, the Exynos gives way in the multi-core scores. Memory latency pushes it ahead in the single-core category but let's not forget it's also clocked a bit higher than the Snapdragon in the Geekbench database comparison below.

On more comprehensive benchmarks like AnTuTu, the Snapdragon 855 versions of the Galaxy S10 family clock about 7-10% higher scores, depending on the configuration. Overall, however, the biggest advantage seems to be in graphics performance and in battery life of the Snapdragon-laden S10 against Samsung's own Exynos 9820 one, but we'll do some more testing in those regards for a final conclusion on the US version superiority.

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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 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh



1. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Qualcomm is better ... Pay their royalties in case you wanna use their tech ....

24. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Three years in a row. Qualcomm>>>exynos. [ full stop].

2. LawnBoy

Posts: 203; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

Yawn. Who cares about benchmarks?

4. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Iphoners, xiaomers, oneplusers

3. Guseinguliev

Posts: 122; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

Most because of their proprietary processor do not buy Samsung.

5. ph00ny

Posts: 2065; Member since: May 26, 2011

Most folks wouldn't be able to tell you what exynos or snapdragon is

14. pimpin83z

Posts: 595; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

This is a false statement.

6. adecvat

Posts: 652; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Snapdragon has much better battery life. Again.

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1699; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i got the f version today and its fine. its only the whiny little kids who play fortnite and pubg. regular people dont play these games so it wouldnt impact daily use.

29. ph00ny

Posts: 2065; Member since: May 26, 2011

pubg doesn't require much spec. It runs well on highest setting on my note8

8. yalokiy

Posts: 1077; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Benchmarks give some idea about performance, let's say antutu 55k vs 355k. But how optimized is the OS plays more importance. My honor 8 was noticeably faster in daily usage than my galaxy s8. The difference between best snapdragon and exynos is as usually negligible (outside of heavy games).

9. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Better GPU but not better CPU Exyons 9820 still better better CPU overall and difference of GPU not that noticeable 325K VS 343K. Wondering how xamio mi9 score 380K?.

10. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Well, I'm glad I got the exynos. It might not be a benchmark monster like the SD, but it's more power efficient.

12. yalokiy

Posts: 1077; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

That was true at the time of S7, but actually the opposite at the time of S9. Not sure about S10 snap vs exynos yet, do you have any proof?

13. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Yes, I saw a video comparing both phones and the exynos came on top. Also, all the reviews that talks about a great battery life, are using the exynos version. And I also remember reading about it I believe on sammobile. I'm getting around 8 hrs of sot on my phone, and I've been using it for 5 days now. My wife is getting slightly more on her S10+.

16. yalokiy

Posts: 1077; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

That's some impressive sot, yet PA already posted an article about how unimpressive the battery life is on S10+ (exynos). GSMArena S10+ battery score is quite good though.

17. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

I searched all over and didn't find any test saying that the Exynos has better battery life than the SD version for the S10. If you can help me get the link, I'd greatly appreciate it. But it seems impossible. I mean, the Exynos is on a lower process node, and the PA test as well as GSMArena test showed pretty poor battery life from the Exynos. I was going to pre-order the S10+ here, but they released only the Exynos here, so I'm waiting for an SD855 phone now. I'd certainly have ordered the S10+ if they gave the SD version here, since the pricing here is cheaper than in US and they are bundling the Galaxy buds for $50 more. I mean, you can't compare SoT across phones. If your major use-case is video watching and streaming on a phone, then the Exynos with its superior video codec will outperform basically any phone on the market, even the SD version. However, I believe it will fall flat in Javascript based workloads like the S9 Exynos did. Unfortunately, my workload is similar to the latter, with all the streaming and video watching on my laptop and workstation.

18. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I'll search in the history of the videos I watched and post the link here once I get back home. I'll also look for the link of the article I saw about it as well.

27. AbhiD

Posts: 851; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Not possible. 855 is made on 7nm as opposed to 8nm of Exynos while Snapdragon from last 2 years has been more power efficient as compared to Exynos. Doesn't look like it will change this year either. Anandtech analysis of Exynos also reveals it as Meh...

32. ph00ny

Posts: 2065; Member since: May 26, 2011

1nm will not make that much of a difference. In fact better fab process in 8nm will be more efficient than questionable "7nm"

28. cheetah2k

Posts: 2288; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Link to video? Vid or ban

19. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Have you bought the S10? Which version?

20. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016


26. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

S10+, 128gb, white, came with the Galaxy Watch and the wireless charger duo. Got two, one that replaced my Note 9 and the other replaced my wife's XS.

33. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016


11. phonefanboy

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 06, 2011

iPhoneArena agenda is strong with this one.

21. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Your stupidity for staying at a site you believe to be biased is strong with you.

23. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

LMAO. So true. They exist only to whine.

15. Chrusti

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Damn I really want the Snapdragon version. Especially since I want to run some emulators like Wii and Game cube.

25. DarthJarJar

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 01, 2018

It’s a shame the green one isn’t available. I’ll pass.

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