Samsung Galaxy S8 processor showdown: Exynos 8895 vs Snapdragon 835

With the Samsung Galaxy S8 landing, we're finally getting our first hands-on experience with both the new Exynos 8895 and Snapdragon 835 processors. How does their performance compare?
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1. LyannaStark

Posts: 91; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

I wish we could order a US carrier compatible Exynos S8 here. :/

7. Lois13

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Well you can order that version and it will work on GSM carriers. I'm waiting for them to go on sale on B&H and I'll probably get one. You can preorder them from a couple sellers on eBay but they are like 100 more than the US versions. I imagine the price will go down some soon.

12. njguy

Posts: 11; Member since: May 26, 2013

I bought my unlocked Exynos S7 from Best Buy last year. Works great on AT+T, and probably any US carrier other than Verizon.

2. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

Samsung - Make Exynos standard for all regions.

27. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

No ! Exynos is known for closed drivers. If this is done, you can say bye-bye to custom ROMs, and take a good middle finger in your arse.

37. ccic2491

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

What??? It's the other way around. The Exynos version already has custom ROMs and Snapdragon version has yet to even be rooted as of this post.

36. DarylHall

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Samsung do not make exynos standard for all regions until it makes sense to do so. Why would you even want that? It's way better to have the Snapdragon variant in the states. Not only do you get much better reception and data speeds which boosts performance and battery life, but you get all these other perks. The Snapdragon S8's Aqstic DAC blows the exynos S8's Wolfson DAC away.

3. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

exynos beat snapdragon in 3D performance? lol.. last year exynos only beat SD in multi-core performance, now they also beat SD in GPU side.. RIP snapdragon..

29. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not really surprising since that gap wasn't that big and Qualcomm didn't make their GPU any wider this year (while Samsung went from 16 to 20 shader cores) How about sustained GPU performance That's where the gap was bigger Also these are dated GPU benchmarks, where's Car Chase?

4. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

"when running the Manhattan 3.1" You mean 3.0 the regular one?

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3108; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Snapdragon is more developer friendly. If you're into mods and custom roms go for the Snapdragon.

9. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Its the opposite with S7 and probably S8.

13. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

right, because most of people in this planet use international version of S7/S8 aka exynos version but if by "developer" he mean "modders on XDA" he still correct.. (but there are lots of different kind of "developer" out there)

28. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

I think he means XDA because he said custom ROMs, and we cant agree less than 100% with him.

15. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

With locked bootloader, hell no.

38. ccic2491

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

Right......If someone could unlock the bootloader. I don't see it happening anytime soon and the Exynos version already has custom ROMs.

6. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Bigger battery means less need to throttle, that's why the bigger phones always bench higher. Everyone can design super powerful hardware, getting it to last is a different story.

23. crzykiller

Posts: 86; Member since: Jan 03, 2015

Bruh nah... Battery has nothing to do with thermal throttling. What does "thermal" mean? Heat. It has to do with the CPU hitting a too high temperature causing it to lower in frequency. With a bigger phone, you have more space to dissipate that heat. Also in Samsung's case the heat pipe is slightly bigger so the CPU can stay cooler for longer.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thursday for me.

10. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015


14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

still 3 day till shipping :( probably I will get in sunday or monday

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

@joey. Tomorrow as of today lol. I keep checking UPS tracking.

11. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2215; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Apple is laughing while saying welcome to 2016 A10 status. A11 is ready for 220k Antutu and 4800/8000 GB4!!! Can't wait... A10X = 215k Antutu and 4400/7200 GB4...

16. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

The easy gains have been had. A 11 isn't going to be more than 10% faster than A10.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

And you know this how? Just because Android processor improvements have been scarce these last few years, doesn't mean Apple's have as well. Even if what you said did come to pass the A11 would still be HANDS DOWN the best mobile processor in any phone in history by a wide margin.

19. dazed1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Easy there iFanatic, doesent matter who is faster anymore so much like before, even if the A11 is faster, still S9 will be by far better buy overall, get used to it.

21. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Similar to how he predicted the scores. Wait lol, I have actual facts to back up my claim, or at least a hypothesis. I can't be bothered to explain it. But for the past 3 years, Apple has gained performance by increasing the clock speed from 1.5 GHz to 1.8 to 2.1 to 2.4 Ghz. Around 2.5 GHz is the smartphone limit for voltage frequency curve like 3.5 for laptops and 5 for desktops. So no, they can't have any frequency gains this year. What's left? They already have an intel like wide microarch which is pretty optimised in all the years and almost everything is pretty well rounded. Sounds an awful lot like Intel? Intel was the reason Apple custom architecture came to be, since ARM refused to make a wide execution design(though I expect them to go 180 next year). Basically, most of the easy gains have to be had, and people don't care enough for smartphone performance to invest huge R&D into it.

31. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Does SDCARDfs imProve games loading times? I know games con IOS load faster because every game is tailored to work with iphones and the reduced size of games on IOS

32. Tyrion_Lannister unregistered

Never heard of it. But the thing that mostly impacts game loading times is the storage solution and CPU.

18. dazed1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Nice little fantasy there, keep on dreaming.
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