Galaxy S9's Snapdragon 845 and Exynos 9810 vs Apple A11 features comparison


Qualcomm wrapped the detailing of its Snapdragon 845 chipset fairly quickly during its conference keynote in Hawaii, where it unveiled to us tech journalists its upcoming fastest processor. Well, fastest may not be the right word, more like the most feature-rich, as that's what will set the 845 apart when we find it in the Galaxy S9 and most other flagships next year. That, and the fact that Snapdragon 845 is up to 30% more power-efficient than the 835 when it comes to graphics-intensive tasks like video capture, games or virtual reality, claims Qualcomm.

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.

Recently, Samsung announced that its second-generation 10nm LPP processors are entering mass production, while back in October the company touted the 8nm process as "production ready" only. Separately, Samsung informed us that the 10nm LPP chips are being churned out by its new S3 factory in Korea, but simply that the "7nm FinFET process technology with EUV (Extreme Ultra Violet) will also be mass produced at S3," not falling into any kind of timeframe promises, though word through the grapevine puts 7/8nm chips on the conveyor belts in H2 2018.

That leaves only 10nm chipsets in mass production as we speak (likely the already-announced Exynos 9810 and Snapdragon 845), at a time that is getting awfully close to the rumored early release of the Galaxy S9. Thus, there is a strong possibility that the phone may come powered by precisely these two chipsets, that is why we are comparing their features below for your viewing pleasure, and throwing in Apple's current A11 juggernaut, plus Huawei's latest Kirin 970, as found in the Mate 10 Pro, for reference.



*Samsung hasn't detailed the 9810 fully yet

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Galaxy S9
  • 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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3. baldilocks

Posts: 1542; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

A 25%-30% bump in performance would put synthetic benchmarks, at least, on par with the A11 Bionic -- at least in multi-thread and graphics scoring.

24. mikehunta727 unregistered

No it would need a 130% performance increase over the S835 to match A11 CPU at least... When it comes to Adreno 640, itll match/beat the A11 GPU with probably better power efficiency too

26. baldilocks

Posts: 1542; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

If it were to get a 130% increase in performance, it would score well over 300,000 on ANTUTU. It would also score about 17,500 on multi-thread Geekbench. 30% would put it in line with the A11 on those tests. Yes, they are synthetic benchmarks, but still...

28. Nopers unregistered

Um no. They're probably talking about single core because multi core doesn't scale well. Probably going to see something like 2400 single core and 7500 multi core which is the only area where Qualcomm used to win in CPU benchmarks. With respect to Antutu, iPhones never seem to do well in that benchmark but the A11 scores something like 225K in Antutu which is about 30% more than the SD 835. Really though, CPU power on phones is getting kinda ridiculous.

4. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

SD835 is best android SoC for 2017 and next year SD845 will be best android SoC. Exynos is best at scoring high score in benchmark in real world scenario SD processor is better. Especially now that qualcomm has regain their game with SD835.

7. Instigator

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

How did you reach that conclusion? I would say that genuine tests by YouTuber's such as XEETECHCARE, show that the Exynos is very efficient and slightly faster. The Exynos 8895 has a lower clock speed than the SD 835, probably so not to out perform it by much, which would be unfair to those who get the 835.

9. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I agree here. Snapdragon phones never perform as smoothly as a tailored exynos processor. Its not even close. As for development though, SD is supported alot more.

16. mikehunta727 unregistered

Google Pixel devices say hello.... Lol XDA has proved the Pixel is the smoothest Android device still in terms of keeping 60 FPS locked

27. baldilocks

Posts: 1542; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Yet it's memory management negates all of that. The OnePlus 5T is a much better experience than the Pixel 2 XL I used before it.

20. baldilocks

Posts: 1542; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The OnePlus 5T performs better than any S8/S8+ Note 8 Exynos variant.....

10. umaru-chan

Posts: 372; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Simple answer - Stop watching half assed 'tech' videos and Read Anandtech.

18. ph00ny

Posts: 2066; Member since: May 26, 2011

Anandtech has lost a lot of "technical" aspect and consistency when Brian left

11. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

I have the X and the Note 8 and the a11 seems so under utilized in the X.. Every time I go back to using my Note 8 after using the X for a bit I always say why is there such a powerful processor in there when it doesn't do much. I wish someone could do a processor transplant and get the a11 in the note 8 which is the most versatile android on the market at this point..

25. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

But what's underperforming on the Note 8?

31. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Nothing at all. I just want to see what the a11 can do with a heavy OS that actually does something other than launch apps..

12. Tech-shake

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 14, 2016

As far as i know the A11 cant record 4K HDR at 60fps. it can only record 4K at 60fps no HDR. Correct me if i am wrong please!

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

HDR? lol.. It even need to drop the quality to be able to record 4k 60fpshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG3Fn5fHdrk you can get 4k 60fps but the detail and dynamic range will be reduced compared to 30fps

15. hpspectrex360

Posts: 59; Member since: May 10, 2017

Chipmakers are only catching up to the A11 Bionic, when they should be vastly better than it as it's been on the market for some time now. Even then, I still don't think they will perform better than the A11. I don't see Apple losing their chip prowess anytime soon.

34. TypicalGeek

Posts: 216; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Pixel 3 will be the one to get. I mean Pixel 2 is great and camera is almost perfect for the generation, but no 4k at 60fps maybe a deal breaker for a lot of potential buyers.

38. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

.........but no 4k at 60fps maybe a deal breaker for a lot of potential buyers. Potential buyers? Really? How nany times a day do you record videos on your phone? & that too at 4K 30 fps??

35. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Next iPhone 11 with A12 will record 4K HDR@120fps .

36. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

"Thus, there is a strong possibility that the phone may come powered by precisely these two chipsets, that is why we are comparing their features below for your viewing pleasure, and throwing in Apple's current A11 juggernaut, plus Huawei's latest Kirin 970, as found in the Mate 10 Pro, for reference." - Daniel P. (PA) A competent writer would have written three sentences. PA writers make up their own rules and craft long run-on sentences. When will PA hire native English speakers to write their articles?

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