Performance Comparison of Galaxy S10 with Exynos 9820 and Snapdragon 855 Chipsets

Samsung Galaxy 10 range offers two options of SoCs, the Samsung Exynos 9820 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. Although these devices have identical specs, they are clearly driven by two different chipsets. The Exynos 9820 SoC has an octa-core CPU with three different types of core. Demanding tasks are handled by a couple of 4th generation Samsung cores. There are also a couple of Cortex A75 cores and four efficient Cortex A55 cores to handle light tasks. Samsung’s chipset also includes the Mali G76 MP12 GPU, which is slightly slower than the Qualcomm Adreno 640.

Based on a benchmark result, the Exynos-based Galaxy S10 is 27.8 percent faster than Snapdragon-based Galaxy S10 for single-core performance. However, for multi-core operations, the Snapdragon version turns the table, with 6.4 percent faster performance. As anticipated, the Snapdragon version of Galaxy S10 has 18 percent faster graphics processing performance, thanks to its Adreno 640 GPU. For demanding games, this could represent tangible difference.

We could expect any device to get warm after an extensive benchmarking procedure. However, the Exynos version becomes noticeably warmer compared to the Snapdragon model. Higher internal temperature isn’t great for battery lifespan and it could cause performance throttling when running demanding apps to prevent overheating. When pushed further, the Exynos 9820 chipset throttles back at 46 percent of its performance, while the Snapdragon surrenders only 31 percent of its original performance.

You should be aware that although benchmarks are generally a good approximation of general performance, it doesn’t tell us a complete picture. Real-life situation could be quite different. As an example, although its impressive benchmarking figures, the Exynos 9820 could operate at top performance only for a limited time. For sustainable performance, the Snapdragon version of Galaxy S10 is a better choice and the Adreno 640 GPU wins out in many benchmarks. Suffice to say, it’s a close race between two chipsets and it depends on your personal preferences.