We waited a really long time for this one. And the numbers are finally in. While the Samsung Galaxy S8's Qualcomm variant did not fair too well against the mighty iPhone 7 Plus, we did have our hopes high, that may the Exynos variant (made by Samsung) would fair better, since it's newer. Turns out the Samsung Galaxy S8's (SM-G950F) Exynos variant in our testing showed scores that were similar to its Qualcomm-enabled sibling -- the Snapdragon 835 -- and could not defeat the 6 month-old Apple iPhone 7 Plus, except in one test.
Before we go ahead with the benchmarks comparison, we would like to inform our readers that benchmark comparisons we conduct are only to test the capability of the smartphone's hardware and are in no way an indicator of everyday performance which will vary as per usage. These numbers should not be taken as the final verdict on any device.
We observed Samsung's Exynos 8895 chipset inside the Galaxy S8 that we have received for review, shows a minimal performance difference between the Snapdragon 835 model. While the numbers are higher than the previous 2015 iPhone 6s Plus model and the Snapdragon 835 variant of the S8, they just could not keep up with the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, which was launched six months ago.
|Benchmark||Samsung Galaxy S8 (SM-G950F)||Apple iPhone 7 Plus||Apple iPhone 6s Plus|
|3D Mark (Ice Storm)|
|Ice Storm Unlimited||31660||37529||29532|
|3D Mark (Sling Shot)|
|Sling Shot Extreme||3212||2000||1510|
The above scores are just an indicator of raw performance and not everyday usability. Every handset was benchmarked in our office. Scores marked in bold are the highest on the table.
Looking at the scores above, its easy to conclude that the Apple iPhone 7 Plus with its A10 Fusion chipset (which is 7 months old now) still runs circles around Samsung's top-of-the-line Exynos 8895 chipset.
One detail to note, is that the Galaxy S8's Exynos chip did do better when it came to the multi-core Geekbench 4 scores and the Sling Shot Extreme test by delivering higher framerates overall.
Now that both the Exynos and Snapdragon variants of the Samsung Galaxy S8 have been benchmarked, it really got us thinking as to what Apple will have in store in its upcoming iPhones 7s, 7s Plus and the exotic iPhone 8/X in September.