Galaxy S10 Exynos vs S10 Snapdragon: Which is better?
Over the years, much has been done about the benefits of a device when hardware is made by the same company that manufactures the software, as is the case with Apple iPhone's iOS and A-series chips running them. Samsung's Galaxy S phones ̵
1; especially the international versions of them – have long been closest to green bot fans coming to this kind of seamless hardware and software integration with Samsung's internal Exynos SoCs.
Ten years after the first Galaxy S device, Galaxy S10 runs Samsung's latest OS, One UI, which, despite its many Samsung-oriented tweaks, is still at the heart of the Android OS. With a decade of development under its belt, Samsung's Exynos 9820-based S10 is better than the Qualcomm-Snapdragon-855 toting Galaxy S10? We went to benchmarks to get a better look.
As it has been before, it is a close battle, but there are some surprises. We ran our usual battery of tests, which includes Antutu, Geekbench 4, GFXBench and Jetstream browser benchmark.
Antutu and Geekbench 4
Antutu, a solid, all-round benchmark test provides the first round for the Snapdragon-855-based Galaxy S10, with a noticeable but totally insignificant margin. Geekbench 4 delivers our first surprise, as Exynos has typically shown its greatest strengths in single and multi-core performance. "Not today," says the mighty SD 855-powered S10, which orders Exynos 9820 in multi-core performance. Exynos 9820 exclaimed a wider margin of victory on single-core performance, but unfortunately, the phones are not on a single processor core. This was a surprising and commendable victory for the US SD 855 version of S10 for raw process power – excuse international users and Exynos fans.
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With all-round performance and pure processing power out of the way, we moved on to the gaming-oriented GFXBench, which revealed the most surprising result of our test. The SD 855 not only fell short of 60 fps on the Manhattan 3.1 test at 38 fps, but it was nearly 20 fps lower than the Exynos 8920 variant, which scored 56 fps. The gap closed slightly in GFXBench's car test, but a difference continued in the Exynos Galaxy S10s favor.
While you may not be able to tell much of a difference in games between them, numbers like these are more indicative of a higher susceptibility to game obsolescence on the Snapdragon-based Galaxy S10 versus Exynos one. However, such advances in mobile gaming that would make any of these devices somewhat obsolete would be a leap, but we will not go around leaving any alarms about the balance-based S10s relatively average score.
Finally, we ran the Jetstream 1.1 browser benchmark to see how browsers and web applications might be affected by this. The Snapdragon variant created a certain distance for itself, as in either the standard Google Chrome browser or Samsung's proprietary internet browser, better results than Exynos S10.
But wait – what about the battery life?
Samsung's Exynos variant Galaxy S units have not exactly grown like juice sippers. The trend continues here with average battery charging resulting in our custom test. Snapdragon S10 lasted seven and a half hours, virtually on the dot, while the Exynos version was clocked in six hours and 45 minutes before shutdown – almost an hour less. Also, there are not so many impressive numbers, so you will probably have to pay a nightly fee on one of these devices, although Exynos might be more susceptible to faster discharges in more intense conditions, ie. game or heavy app use.
Suffice it to say, we have yet another close race between Samsung's Exynos and Snapdragon-based Galaxy S10 devices. While Samsung has shown improvements over time, especially in games, it begins to provide room for raw process power, and so it is not yet a third-party processor crusher that the Apple A series has proven to be. Instead, with three wins out of six tests it turns out that the Galaxy S10 is a very nice device out of the box in one of its American or international variants, without being aware of the benefits of either watching.
What do you all think? Does one of these results make you favor one over the other?