True to their traditions, Samsung returned to Mobile World Congress 2018 to teach the ninth iteration of its Galaxy S range , its most noble range, which faithful also to the traditions of the Korean giant has returned in two flavors differentiated by its electronic heart, one with chipset Samsung Exynos 9810 of its own invoice, and another with a Snapdragon 845 by Qualcomm which will be available in selected markets.
A priori, only the United States and China will receive the units equipped with North American hardware, leaving for the rest of the world models with Exynos chipset. However, the existence of two variants has returned the debate to the forefront, and is that one more year the doubt has assailed the majority … Which model of the Samsung Galaxy S9, or S9 +, is the best?
In other years the answer would have been simpler, but it is not the case of 2018, where Qualcomm has taken a step forward compared to Samsung Exynos 9810 Octa , who has seen how the manufacturer based in San Diego has come dangerously close with the new Snapdragon 845, its star for the high end this exercise, and has even dared to beat them in a good number of tests.
Before entering the subject it is good to review both chipsets, and that is in theory, if we look only at what the specifications tell us, there should not be too many differences between them , or at least not justifiable differences in terms of technology or manufacturing process.
In fact, both chipsets are manufactured based on a 10 nanometer process very efficient, and its internal configurations are similar:
He Samsung Exynos 9810 Octa it incorporates an eight-core processor in big.LITTLE architecture, with four Mongoose M3 cores operating at 2.7 GHz, adding another four Cortex-A55 cores at 1.8 GHz.
For its part, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 also mounted an eight-core processor in big.LITTLE configuration, composed this time by four cores Kyro 385 Gold at 2.7 GHz and other four nuclei Kyro 385 Silver at 1.7 GHz.
However, this equality is broken when it comes to going through the usual battery of benchmarking that is available on Google Play, with Geekbench giving advantage to SoC from Samsung especially in mono-core processing, and almost all other tests putting slightly ahead of the Qualcomm chipset . But let’s analyze the cold data obtained by GSMArena …
GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)
GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)
GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)
GFX 3.1 Car scene (1080p offscreen)
GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)
GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)
Basemark OS 2.0
In all the tests it is curious to see how the differences are minimized especially in the processed multi-core , and we even like to see how the differences between iOS and Android are getting smaller . Of course, the cold data does not fully show the performance of a device in real life, and in daily use these small score differences will surely become insignificant in common use.
Where there are clear differences is in the part of GPU, and is that the deficiencies that the SoC of Qualcomm may have in CPU processing it makes up for with an Adreno 630 graphics processor clearly more capable than the ARM Mali-G72 MP18 of the Exynos 9810 Octa.
They speak benchmarks , then, that if the use that you are going to give to your Samsung Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 + is the compulsive game surely your best option is the one that incorporates the chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 , although again we reiterate that the differences in real fire will not be so overwhelming.
The option with Samsung Exynos 9810 Octa seems more compensated , with better performance of the CPU and a general fluidity as valid despite its shortcomings in terms of graphic processing, about 30% lower in your case. Both options are good in terms of power , so here we do not notice palpable differences.
There is no doubt that the Snapdragon 845 brings a competitive advantage in terms of graphic performance, but that advantage also translates into a significantly lower autonomy to the model with Samsung hardware:
As you will see, there are some 5 more hours of autonomy in stand-by for Exynos 9810 chipset versions, a difference that looks better if we talk about almost two hours more web browsing , or around two and a half hours more autonomy by playing video.
Anyway, we must recognize that Samsung has achieved a more similar experience than ever between both models, and that in previous years the parity of performance was not such. Most users will not even know if a unit incorporates Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 , and that is due to the good work of the Korean giant.
Anyway, Exynos 9810 option seems the most reasonable to maintain good performance level and leave us with a little more autonomy, although if we want raw power, especially in graphics, our best choice will be the Qualcomm chipset. And you, which one would you choose?
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