In recent years, Samsung opted to use different two different chipsets for its flagships and the same rule is available for the S10 range. The devices will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 or Samsung’s Exynos 9820.
The North America and China versions of the smartphones will employ the Snapdragon 855 while Asian and European customers will get the Exynos 9820 version. In the past, there were no major differences between the two editions. Read below to learn of anything has changed since then.
There are two major differences between the configuration. The first one is at a GPU level as Samsung opted to pair its Exynos with a Mali-G76 MP12 GPU, which is thought to be just a little bit slower in comparison to the Adreno 640 used by Qualcomm for the Snapdragon 855.
The second one is related to the architecture of the SoCs. The Exynos 9820 used two 4th generation custom CPUs for the heavy lifting. They are grouped with two Cortex-A75 chips and four energy-saving Cortex-A55 cores. Qualcomm focused on symmetry, and the Snapdragon 855 uses for Cortex-A76, but one of them has been modified to have a higher clock speed and increased memory cache space, and four Cortex-A55 cores.
The benchmark results are quite interesting for both versions. The Exynos version of the S10 got a higher single-core performance score, to the tune of 27.8%. Sadly, Samsung still needs to work on multi-core optimization, and the Snapdragon 855 snatched the crown as the score was higher by 6.4%.
As expected, the Adreno 640 GPU shined during the 3D Mark benchmark, outscoring the Mali-G76 MP12 by 18%. The two were on equal grounds when other benchmarks were used, and it seems that the differences will surface only when high-end titles are played.
The average users won’t notice any significant difference between the two versions. If you are an avid gamer, the Snapdragon 855 is better for you, since the Adreno 640 is excellent for this purpose.
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