Samsung Galaxy S10+ narrows the speed gap to the iPhone XS in new benchmark

Samsung Galaxy S10+ narrows the speed gap to the iPhone XS in new benchmark
In case it wasn’t already abundantly clear, Samsung is gearing up to unveil the high-end Galaxy S10 smartphone lineup (on February 20), then commercially release the company’s next big thing in three different variants (possibly, on March 8).

But while we’ve known what to expect from the S10 and S10+ in terms of their SoC’s make and model for several months now, the question of actual processing power in comparison with main rivals remained unanswered.

A couple of early benchmark results didn’t exactly provide comfort for Android power users fearing the iPhone XS and XS Max would continue to top the speed charts, but the latest Geekbench record of a (not so) mysterious Samsung SM-G975F is much more promising.

The “confirmed” specifications


Prior to their official announcements, devices like the Galaxy S10 are tested using reliable benchmarking applications like Geekbench under the disguise of their model numbers. But that’s not usually a great disguise, as SM-G975F, for instance, clearly follows in the footsteps of the SM-G965F, aka “global” Galaxy S9+.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ narrows the speed gap to the iPhone XS in new benchmark


Hence, we’re 100 percent certain we’re looking at a pre-release Galaxy S10+ prototype here for markets across Europe and other regions outside North America and China. While the S10 and S10 Plus (and possibly, even the S10E) are expected to pack Qualcomm’s hot new Snapdragon 855 processor in the US, Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9820 chipset will be unsurprisingly used elsewhere.

This particular configuration we’re seeing benchmarked today pairs the “universal9820” motherboard with 6GB RAM (around 5.4 gigs of which are user accessible), while Android 9.0 Pie (with One UI on top) already runs the software show.

Two other Galaxy S10+ versions have been widely rumored of late, bumping up the memory count to as much as 12 gigs, but Geekbench is a processor-focused performance-measuring tool, so the amount of RAM on deck is unlikely to impact the handset’s scores.

Optimized software equals top-notch results


When the Galaxy S10+ (model number SM-G975N) was first evaluated through Geekbench a couple of weeks back, the only reasonable explanation for its disappointing 3248 and 7999 single and multi-core scores was unpolished software.

Indeed, nothing appears to have changed under the hood of the Galaxy S10 Plus since then, so it’s obvious Samsung invested quite a bit of effort into refining the Android 9 operating system to gain a whopping 1,200 single-core and almost 2,500 multi-core points.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ narrows the speed gap to the iPhone XS in new benchmark


At 4477 and 10444 respectively, the impending Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is naturally faster than all Android devices currently available, from the Huawei Mate 20 Pro to the OnePlus 6T and Samsung’s own Galaxy Note 9.

It remains to be seen if the US-bound Snapdragon 855 variant of the Galaxy S10+ will be able to eclipse this international Exynos 9820 model. Qualcomm’s state-of-the-art new chip has posted some remarkable early AnTuTu scores inside the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT and Sony Xperia XZ4 (allegedly), but then again, the Note 9 racked up more Geekbench points with the Exynos 9810 than the Snapdragon 845 under the hood.

Still not enough to beat the iPhone XS


AnTuTu may have a new champion (that you obviously can’t buy just yet), but it looks like we’ll have to wait until the iPhone XS is eventually dethroned from the number one spot in the Geekbench mobile performance chart.

Samsung Galaxy S10+ narrows the speed gap to the iPhone XS in new benchmark


Unless Samsung has more optimizing to do before releasing the Galaxy S10 and S10+ (which is certainly not out of the question), Apple will retain its crown, racking up around 5000 and 11200 single and multi-core points respectively on average.

Of course, it’s important to remember synthetic benchmarks don’t always reflect the real-world capabilities of mobile devices and processors in the most accurate way, although in the case of the iPhone XS and XS Max, Geekbench does actually provide a factual view of how the two handsets typically perform out and about.

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50 Comments

1. cncrim

Posts: 1573; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Yawwnn, once phones getting to laptop speed and any faster seem just a waste out weight battery life.

19. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Well the thing is with VR and AR headsets. You need those higher speeds. Especially if you working with really high resolution displays. Because mobile versions of both VR and AR, or a mix of both is where it is going to go.

41. mike2959

Posts: 692; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

You are finished. Why even bother reading and following this. Human evolution, technologically needs to be pushed as well. I thought you looked familiar. You’re the one that said no reason for a car to faster than 25 mph in 1925.

50. almostdone

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus vs iPhone XS Max - Speed Test! Guess who is the winner by a big margin? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uru9AnkgzHc

2. kamejoko

Posts: 248; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

1.9ghz vs 2.5ghz based.????

3. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Benchmarks don't mean a thing on the high end segment. User experience does.

49. almostdone

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus vs iPhone XS Max - Speed Test! Guess who is the winner? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uru9AnkgzHc

4. Cat97

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

It doesn't have to beat iPhone XS in performance, it has to have better camera and better battery life. Most contemporary phones have more than enough processing power, but could use improvements in image quality and battery endurance.

20. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The thing is even Apple is trying to push into the AR market with a headset. But in reality mobile AR or VR or both (XR) do a lot of the same stuff, and require fast GPUs CPUs, and RAM, as well as really high resolution displays. It's the only way mobile AR, VR, or XR (mixed) reality will truly take off. Currently the only the mobile Snapdragon lineup of SoCs have been the only ones that have been leading the way in this area.

21. Cat97

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I am actually an Exynos fan, it's usually much better at power consumption and I actually need good battery life more than the AR gimmick which will pass just like the mobile VR.

33. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Well said.

5. DolmioMan

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Hopefully they fixed the horrible scheduler. That could make it competitive with Qualcomm’s offering.

37. ph00ny

Posts: 2002; Member since: May 26, 2011

it was their real first attempt at true custom core. I think their direction is obvious and hopefully we can see the "fruit" of their labor soon

6. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1238; Member since: May 01, 2017

Only spec monkeys care about speed numbers on a mobile phone. The average consumer cares about screen quality, camera, battery life and price.

7. MartyLK

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 08, 2016

Samsung won't sell me an S10. Can't stand that disgusting *huge* hole in the display.

18. Cat97

Posts: 1774; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

There are plenty of vintage phones with bezels that you can choose from.

8. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2128; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

855/9820 comparison should = A13 and not A12

9. cmdacos

Posts: 3889; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Kind of hard when an A13 doesn't currently exist...

10. Donone41

Posts: 246; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

Why not test it against the A14? A15 anyone? How about the A16? Why stop there, A17? Lol.

11. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1239; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Why not? The SD845 is a 2017 SoC, the SD855 a 2018 SoC just like the A12.

12. JCASS889

Posts: 465; Member since: May 18, 2018

is the 855 out? like on devices i can buy now? no? then its a 2019 chip.

13. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1239; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It was developed in part, tested, produced and released in 2018, so it's a 2018 chip. Just because OEMs haven't yet released a product with it yet, doesn't change those facts.

23. gamehdi

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

Please don't affect products to years it hasn't any sense. Every company have it's own cycle. So as a consumers we have to compare what's available on the market and what's recent from every company

38. ph00ny

Posts: 2002; Member since: May 26, 2011

Kinda hard when product cycles are in line between companies. They should be compared with existing products at release time instead of future releases

14. rsiders

Posts: 1889; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

When the iPhone can run Netflix while Maps is open in PiP(and many other real world scenarios) then I'll care.

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm sure you have 2 brains and 4 eyes (just like we all do)...

36. rsiders

Posts: 1889; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The Netflix is for someone else and the maps is for me. Only look up when I hear a notification about an upcoming turn. You should try it sometime.

39. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

No, I shouldn’t; in our village every villager (even the young ones) has his own phone and when we need the navigation we don’t watch Netflix, we watch the road; just sayin’.

43. rsiders

Posts: 1889; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

You still missed the part where I said the Netflix is not for my viewing. Look again. So I watch the road just like you.smh

44. Leo_MC

Posts: 6710; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

So, the other person watches a movie on a tiny s**tty device, with a navigation map over the picture. And you call that a smart use of a device?

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