Galaxy S9 Exynos edition gets benchmarked against rivals!

Galaxy S9 Exynos edition gets benchmarked against rivals!
New top-shelf smartphones are all the most exciting when they come with a brand new chipset in tow. Fortunately, that's precisely the case with the Galaxy S9 and S9+, which Samsung announced today at Mobile World Congress in Spain.

More experienced readers will know that Samsung Galaxy S phones happen to use two different system chips: in the United States, they run on the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon available, while internationally, they feature Samsung's own Exynos SoC. This year, the Galaxy S9 will make use of the latest and greatest editions of these chipsets, namely the Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810. The units that were available to test at the announcement event were all international models, which means they had the Exynos 9810. We know, it's a bit unfortunate we didn't get to benchmark both editions, but it's long been believed by enthusiast circles that the Exynos versions of the Galaxy S tend to perform a bit better, so maybe we're still lucky in a way.

We ran three benchmark apps on the Samsung Galaxy S9: AnTuTu, GFXBench, and Geekbench 4, and we have to say the results look quite promising. Keep in mind there's no guarantee the units we played with ran the final software expected to be available when the phones launch on March 16 - there could still be some work left to do before they hit the shelves, but even then, the Galaxy S9 demonstrates superb performance capabilities, as it manages to outperform every other direct competitor, except for the iPhone X. The GS9 even scores first at AnTuTu, which is a superb result!

Gamers will be happy to know that the Galaxy S9 pushes the envelope even further, as far as Android handsets are concerned. Yes, there's still room for improvement, but the GFX numbers show that there's hardly anything in Android that can rival Samsung's Exynos chipset. Only one thing is left to see, and that's how the Snapdragon 845 handsets of this year are going to stack up against Samsung's finest!

What about you? What do you make of these initial Galaxy S9 benchmark scores?


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  • Display 5.8" 1440 x 2960 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(31h talk time)

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48 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4276; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Benchmarks don't mean anything these days. Boils down to software, ram management, etc. Looks good on paper. Take the real life results and decide from there...

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31374; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Features + optimization + real world usage = results. I don't even have a benchmarking app on my phone, it just kicks ass all day long, and has great battery life while doing so. Note 8 all day.

3. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

What happend! Single core 3105 and first leak 3650?!

6. Boast_Rider

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

PA doesn't know how to bench. It's usual for them to get bad scores.

18. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Yeah noticed that.

12. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Why you care about single core so much, when last few generations all the Galaxys open basic and factory preinstalled most used apps, faster than iPhones? Today is multi-tasking era.

13. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Specially this one. A 2015 iPhone vs a 2017 Galaxy. https://youtu.be/3ajdZQc3q_8

15. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

LOL , the moment I saw PhoneBuff guy I stopped the video. Chain app ''test'', with a lot of games. Right? :):):) We know that most of the games are optimized first for iOS , and then just ported to Android. Not a news. How many games per day the normal ppl play per day? Moth?

17. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

'per month'?

43. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Lol same here. Those test done by majority of tech channel youtubers so called 'Speed Tests' aren't even scientific test, those are just to show that how one phone copes up with other phones & that too side by side. If ever you use that that phone without even comparing other phone you might not even notice single slowdowns while doing certain tasks. And there are many factors on which speed like depends on how much apps one phone have with resp. to other and how apps are optimized for one OS in comparision to other and many more. While buying phones people should never see this dumb speed tests.

19. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Bigger cores always better than small cores.

22. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

They should make one core then. It will be even bigger and better?. LOL

39. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

A11 has only 2 bigger cores and other 4 cores are small so.

46. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

So? If they don't divide the SoC on 4 cores, but let it be just one huge core, it will be a 'magic' to you??? LOL

4. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

As a samsung fan, I'm always impressed how optimised iPhones are and thier benchmarks always impresses me. Not saying I'm tempted to get an iPhone though. lol.

9. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

First of all nobody check if Apple cheat on benchmarks. Second , benchmarks don't matter much for the real life use. And last but not least- never compare real SMARTphone to (almost) a feature phone like iPhone

14. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Wow, accusations of cheating on benchmarks from a Samsung fan no less. Talk about irony.

16. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

Exactly. The Apple's employee Anand , made the case of ''cheating'' about Samsung. Later, HTC(then apple's friend) was found to do the same and made the point - 'when the SoC find app that needs more power, the SoC give it'' and say - 'That's not a cheating'. No media react on that. Even Anand. Does someone check if Apple do the same? Nope.

21. Macready

Posts: 1825; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

They've been caught cheating with iMac scores in the past, so no one is above suspicion at this point. It's just much harder to verify whether they cheat and the grey area has grown massively, now that everyone is focusing their optimizations on single benchmark metrics. See Anandtech java tests, where the A11 scores insanely well because of those browser optimizations, yet in real world browsing, it's usually slower than the latest qualcomm SoC, even with complex tasks.

23. kiko007

Posts: 7518; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"yet in real world browsing, it's usually slower than the latest qualcomm SoC, even with complex tasks." You have any data at all to back that up? Because I can verify pretty easily that the second portion of your statement is false.

24. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I will not look at the site of Anand - the Apple's employee. But you can enjoy it.

25. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Will the benchmark scores change when another site other than Anand runs them? Lol

37. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

My point was that in real life Galaxys and Notes open most basic apps faster than iPhones, since long ago. Except of some games.

31. Cicero

Posts: 1139; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Let's do not forget about slowing down their mighty cpu after one year life of iphones. What for? For ptotecting the iPhone of not shuttling down at 40% of battery! What a joke! And they keep this bellow the radar! So Apple can do a lot of dirty things.

35. duckofdeath unregistered

It's not an accusation. It's a known fact that Apple "optimises" the performance ad nauseam to get the results they like. Be it unreasonably high cross-platform benchmark "results", shorter upgrade cycles and everything else.

42. ph00ny

Posts: 2059; Member since: May 26, 2011

@kiko007 - Were they OCing the cores? Nope. I never understood what the big fuss was about since it was still running within the spec.

5. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Don't trust Anandtech. It's better to wait for sgodsell's analysis.

28. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

This comment is lit.

36. duckofdeath unregistered

Let's Google who's paying Anand Lal Shimpi, who's actually his official employer today, shall we? Anandtech has always been a shill blog with tests optimised 100% for Apple hardware. When comparing with PC hardware they usually pick worse out-of the box devices instead of the high end models, with the excuse that it's "more real world" that way. To clarify the lies Apple are selling: It's only the last two or three years Apple phones has "crushed it" on benchmarks. Oddly coinciding with the time when they hired the guy from the internet who'd spent his entire life optimising benchmark "tests". Coincidence? Obviously not.

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