I know benchmarks are not an all-be-all representation of the real world performance of smartphones, however, they do give us a rough idea of what to expect from a given hardware combination.
Over the years, Apple’s iPhones have always had the upper hand when it comes to performance scores on Geekbench. To show that benchmarks do have some level of significance in what they offer, the story is always the same when it comes to real world performance, where the iPhone also leads the way.
As we all know, Samsung is getting ready to unleash the best of 2018, the Galaxy S9 and S9+. Lately, a lot has been doing rounds with respect to the expected design language, specs and features, but it’s the first time we are coming across what appears to be legit benchmarks of the bigger Galaxy S9+ thanks to the folks at Phone Arena.
From the benchmarks, the listed Samsung Galaxy S9+ (SM-G965U1), which is an unlocked U.S. variant, is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that is mated with a massive 6GB RAM and runs Android Oreo, just as it has been put in the rumor mills. With these specs on board, the phone was able to manage a single-core score of 2422 and a multi-core score of 8351. These are better than the Snapdragon 835, especially when it comes to multi-core performance, but it’s nothing comparable to what you get with the entry-level iPhone 8 or the high-end iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, all of which have half (or less) the RAM used on the S9+.
Of course, we can give the Samsung Galaxy S9+ the benefit of doubt given that it’s likely running incomplete software, but as noted earlier, Apple’s phones have always come out on top when it comes to benchmarks. Also, Apple’s uses its own A11 Bionic chipsets as opposed to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, still, this doesn’t explain why Samsung’s in-house Exynos chipsets are still behind Apple’s.
To give you a clearer picture, the iPhone 8, which has a mere 2GB RAM, manages a single-core score of 4233 and a multi-core score of 10,305 while the bigger, 3GB RAM iPhone 8 Plus manages a single-core score of 4231 and a multi-core score of 10,552. On the other hand, the iPhone X, which has the same RAM as the iPhone 8 Plus, has a single-core score of 4278 and a multi-core score of 10459.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are expected to be unveiled in February/March 2018 during the MWC show with the official release to follow shortly after.