A extra detailed account of AnandTechs final yr was our evaluation of the 2 totally different variations of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy Note9 . Particularly, we've lined the large variations between the Snapdragon 845 from Qualcomm and Samsung's personal Exynos 9820.
Additionally this yr, Samsung will proceed its dual-sourcing technique with the brand new Galaxy S10 . This time we play the brand new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 towards Samsung's personal Exynos 9820 . We have been capable of totally check the brand new Snapdragon 855 at CES – although we have no idea a lot concerning the new Exynos 9820.
On the Galaxy S9 launched final yr at MWC2018, we have been capable of put the telephone instantly after the press deadline Benchmark . Sadly, this yr, when Samsung devoted the launch of a very totally different occasion in San Francisco, we didn’t get their fingers on the items immediately. It took some time, however with the assistance of some TechRadar colleagues, I used to be capable of briefly entry each items of the Galaxy S10 and do some fast benchmarks.
I stored issues to a minimal and determined to solely use PCMark and Speedometer 2.zero. Each benchmarks are a few of my favorites relating to representing the perceived energy and expertise of a smartphone. Each telephones have been set to energy mode and ran with firmware as examined by Samsung.
PCMark's internet searching check exhibits the 2 new Galaxy S10 carry out nicely. It’s attention-grabbing to see that the Snapdragon 855 Galaxy S10 represents a outstanding enhance in comparison with the outcomes we ran by means of in January with Qualcomm's reference system, and represents a greater illustration of the chip's efficiency in comparison with QRD
It must be famous that the comparisons I’m utilizing immediately are all primarily based on the brand new Android 9 firmwares – I’ve no up to date numbers for the Exynos S9 or the Snapdragon Note9, however the newest numbers on the Snapdragon S9 and Exynos Note9, which must be an identical to the sister sequence counterparts.
The brand new Exynos 9820 Galaxy S10 now provides a big enhance in efficiency in comparison with the earlier yr's gadgets of the Exynos 9810. The numbers of the brand new chip are good and higher than these of the Snapdragon 845, however neither with the Snapdragon 855 nor with the HiSilicon Kirin 980 – the final two are primarily based on the newest Cortex A76 CPU cores from Arm .
The video modifying check is much less related these days as a result of the efficiency variations between totally different platforms are fairly small. The brand new Exynos nonetheless has a big efficiency distinction to the Snapdragon counterpart, much like what we noticed final yr.
The writing check might be an important part of PCMark relating to depicting the efficiency of a tool. The Snapdragon 855 Galaxy S10 matches the efficiency of the QRD, which is excellent.
The brand new Exynos 9820 Galaxy S10 represents an enormous leap ahead for Samsung, double that of Exynos 9810 gadgets final yr. This in all probability implies that Samsung has solved a few of the key efficiency points that plague the Exynos S9 / Note9 . The telephone remains to be behind the brand new Snapdragon 855 and the Kirin 980. We’re not positive if this persistent distinction is because of or schedulers, and won’t be till a later investigation at a later date.
Within the photograph modifying check we see that the brand new Exynos 9820 performs nearly twice in addition to final yr's Samsung silicon. Right here it’s clearer that the distinction is because of a brand new, improved scheduler reactivity, because the workload isn’t essentially restricted by the throughput. Nonetheless, the continued degradation of the Snapdragon and Kirin chipsets nonetheless signifies that Samsung's APIs are nonetheless not nicely optimized.
Lastly, the info manipulation rating is extra for a restricted single thread overhead. Right here, the brand new Snapdragon 855 Galaxy S10 takes the highest place among the many gadgets. The brand new Exynos 9820 isn’t too far behind and represents an enormous increase to the Galaxy S9 in each variations.
When switching to a browser benchmark, the 2 new Galaxy S10 work nearly identically. The efficiency of the Snapdragon 855 is quite a bit higher than the QRD we examined in January, nevertheless it lags behind the Kirin 980.
The efficiency of the Exynos 9820 represents an amazing increase over the Exynos 9810. The evaluation introduced right here not solely represents the probably a lot better scheduler, but additionally enhancements from the brand new cluster and microarchitecture designs.
Efficiency seems to be "OK" for the Exynos – although Snapdragon appears to be the chief
General, the brand new Galaxy S10 meet expectations. The efficiency of the Snapdragon 855 Galaxy S10 is not any shock, as we reviewed the chipset extensively in Qualcomm's efficiency preview occasion . The Galaxy S10 is even higher than the QRD – and leaves the considerations we had on the primary platform, relaxation. It must be famous that Qualcomm nonetheless lags behind HiSilicon's Kirin 980 in some points, in all probability on account of the latter's higher reminiscence latency.
The brand new Exynos 9820 is considerably higher than the earlier yr's 9810. Right here, Samsung appears to have taken word of the slowness of the scheduler that plagued the final three generations of Samsung SoCs. Apart from some apparent software program enhancements, the brand new M4 microarchitecture additionally appears to have improved efficiency. Samsung claims 20% higher efficiency than the 9810, which appears cheap.
The lifetime of the battery must be decided
In the present day's outcomes are only a naked minimal for benchmarking the brand new Samsung gadgets. Whereas the brand new Exynos 9820 cannot compete with the Snapdragon 855 by way of efficiency, it’s not as robust as we’re within the have seen final yr.
Above all, there’s one huge open query: vitality effectivity. As we mentioned in our preview of the Snapdragon 855, the brand new Cortex A76 cores on a brand new 7nm course of node present some excellent effectivity. HiSilicon's Kirin 980 is able to operating a few of the most enduring flagship gadgets, and I anticipate the Snapdragon 855 to do the identical. Whether or not the brand new Exynos can obtain the identical, we should discover out at a later date. We now have to understand that Samsung's chipset not solely has to unravel the effectivity issues of microarchitecture but additionally has a drawback in course of manufacturing as a result of the chip is made in a (in idea) substandard 8nm course of.
Sadly, the Galaxy S10 will solely be checked internally after the general public availability on March eighth. Due to this fact, we have to be slightly extra affected person earlier than we will publish a extra detailed evaluation of the brand new Samsung flagship gadgets.