Benchmark Bash: Leaked Galaxy S8 & Galaxy S8+, Exynos 8895 Vs Snapdragon 835 Benchmark Showdown

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Mar 18, 2017
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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are due in less than two weeks. The pair have beat their successors in the sheer amount of leaks out there. We’ve got information covering internals, features, design, specifications and more. So it’s only high time that a preliminary comparison is carried out. The S8 and its larger brother have also surfaced in benchmark leaks so far. We’ve taken these and compared them to see which one is better performing. Take a look below to find out more.

Snapdragon 835 Vs Exynos 8895; Which One Performs Better On Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+?

To start off, there are a total of four variants of the Galaxy S8 for our comparison. Out of these, information on three is available at the moment. So we’ll begin by taking a detailed look for the Galaxy S8, powered by the Snapdragon 835 and 4GB RAM. We’ll then head to the Galaxy S8+ also powered by the Snapdragon 835 and finally, to the Galaxy S8+ powered by Samsung’s home grown, Exynos 8895 processor.

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Both the Snapdragon and the Exynos are manufactured on Samsung’s 10nm FinFET process. This will change things for performance and processing power in 2017’s flagships by quite a bit. The main focus of 10nm is performance efficiency, which is a larger concern for smartphones given the traditional space and battery constraints. In fact, for Qualcomm, the US chip giant promises that 80% of the Snapdragon 835’s performance load will go through the LITTLE core cluster, leaving the power intensive cores for select operations.

Overview:

Starting from a basic overview, the Snapdragon 835 has near identical single core scores for the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The device score 1916 and 1929 respectively. Clock speeds for the processor are 1.90GHz and RAM stands at 4GB. Comparing these with the Exynos 8895, Samsung’s processor once again takes the lead over Qualcomm. Running at 1.6GHz with eight cores, the Exynos has a score of 1978 points, which is a good jump from its US counterpart.

Moving towards mutli-core results, the differences start to get a bit more stark over here. The Snapdragon 835 bearing Galaxy S8 and S8+ score 6011 and 6084 points respectively. The S8+ with the Exynos 8895 scores 6375 point, which is a massive jump over Qualcomm’s offerings. These results show us that historical trends will continue this year as well. Samsung’s Exynos lineup comfortably beats the Snapdragon in pre-10nm results as well.

Single-Core Results:

Before we take a look at the results, it’s relevant to clarify a few key terms. As you’ll see in the images above, single core results are divided into crypto, integer, floating point and memory. For the basis of our comparison, Crypto evaluates encryption capabilities of your smartphone. Since Lollipop, enabling encryption on a device has been left to manufacturers. An enable requires data to be encrypted before its ‘written’ and decrypted before its ‘read’. This, as you’d expect, results in a significant drop in overall performance.

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Integer and floating points simply represent data groups for the processor. An integer is the simpler one of the pair since it does not use decimals for approximation. Floating point is also important for performance but increases in relevance when we consider multimedia and other work loads. A high floating point score means that your processor/device performs better in games, rendering and other such applications.

Moving towards scores, the Snapdragon 835 on the Galaxy S8 and S8+ performs similarly in crypto and integer scores. The processor scores 1171/1914 and 1176/1931 respectively for the devices. The Exynos 8895 blows the Snapdragon 835 out of the park in integer scores. Samsung’s processor scores 2000 in this metric and a high 1255 in crypto. Moving towards floating point, the Galaxy S8(S835), Galaxy S8+(S835) and Galaxy S8+(E8995) score 1335,1339 and 1560 respectively. This trend reverses on memory scores, with the Snapdragon 835 Galaxy S8+ taking the lead with 3001 points. Memory scores measure how efficient the device is in providing adequate and timely data to the processor during intensive computing.

Multi-Core Results:

Multi ore crypto performance remains the same across the trio. The Exynos 8895 comes out on top, with the Samsung Galaxy S8 with the Snapdragon 835 bagging a close second spot. There isn’t much variation in integer scores either. The GS8 with Snapdragon 835, GS8+ with Snapdragon 835 and the S8+ with the Eynos 8895 score 7564, 7653 and 7759 respectively.

Move over to floating point and Samsung gets a massive lead over Qualcomm. The Galaxy S8+ with Exynos 8895 scores 6480 points which marks a strong lead over the Snapdragon 835 S8+ which has a score of 5760. Finally, the playing field for memory in multi core results is much more even when compared to single core results. All three processors score around 3100 with the Eynos 8895 taking the lead. All in all, these results paint a similar picture as single-core and put the Eynos 8895 comfortably at the top.

Conclusion:

All in all, Samsung’s Exynos 8895 is the clear winner in these results. Whether its single or multi core, floating point or integer scores, the Exynos 8895 is clearly the better processor according to these results. The only metric where the Snapdragon 835 comes out on top is single core memory. Given Qualcomm’s 80% single core workload promise, the US chip giant seems to have adequately prepared for this. Of course, since these are pre-launch, preliminary results, you’d be ill-advised to take anything as set in stone.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ will launch in less than two weeks. In addition to the Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8895, the pair will feature several big upgrades. These range from a button free front facade, to a pressure sensitive home button and seven color options. Samsung will also launch its virtual assistant ‘Bixby’ and desktop platform, ‘DEx’ with the pair. Thoughts? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We’ll keep you updated on the latest.

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