Android 08 Apr
Samsung Galaxy S8 is seeing a direct competition from many giants since it has launched. The market has only a few smartphones with Snapdragon 835 processor and Galaxy S8 series is one of them. The device is the toughest competition Xperia XZ Premium, which is also empowered by Snapdragon 835 processor. The former has almost similar innards as the latter but a few other assets make it a completely different offering. Similar is the case with the newcomer Mi 6 that is powered by Snapdragon 835 processor and standing tall against the Galaxy S8 to give it a tough competition.
While the Galaxy S8 is getting compared to many new flagships, the smartphone is also seeing an in-house tussle with its own twinny that is powered by company’s own chipset Exynos 8895. Earlier this month, we shared with you how Galaxy S8 powered by Exynos 8895 processor was out doing several other smartphones powered by the processors based on 14nm process. In fact, the Exynos 8895 has given tough competition to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor.
In the AnTuTu benchmark, the Exynos model of the Galaxy S8 scored higher than the SD835 variant of the same.
Now, we have more results based on benchmark comparisons, but this time, we have Galaxy S8+ Exynos 8895 vs the Snapdragon 835 model. Samsung has said that the two are equally good in terms of performance, but we need to test this assurance by the company.
Before jumping to the results of geek bench results, let’s bear a few technicalities with us. The Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset has its eight custom Kryo 280 cores in two clusters, working at 2.35 and 1.9 GHz. On the other hand, Exynos 8895 employs four redesigned M1 “Mongoose” V2 custom cores, clocked at 2.3GHz and a less power-intensive cluster of four Cortex-A53 units, running at 1.7GHz. Both the processors differ in the graphics department as well. The Snapdragon 835 processor has an Adreno 540 and the Exynos 8895 has MP20.
(You can see all the benchmark results from the gallery provided above.)
Starting with the Geekbench 3, this benchmark test favored the Exynos 8895. The older GeekBench 3 gave an edge to the 2.35 GHz Kryo 280 core in the Snapdragon over a 2nd-gen Mongoose 2.3 GHz one in single-threaded loads. This could be due to the higher clock speed.
The AnTuTu 5 gave the Snapdragon 835 a very slight edge, while AnTuTu 6 sees the Exynos on top.
The Mali-G71 GPU, inside the Exynos 8895 consistently manages to output a few more frames than the Adreno 540 in the Snapdragon.
In the real world usage, gaming is smooth on both the international and US versions of the handsets. Furthermore, Samsung’s own game launcher on both the variants makes the gaming experience so smooth. One can tweak settings, for instance, choose a lower game resolution so that this doesn’t go harsh on GPU and battery as well. This makes the Galaxy S8 as one of the best smartphones for playing games. According to GSMArena’s tests, the site didn’t need to tweak any settings as they didn’t feel any such adjustment is required.