Samsung Galaxy S8+ Exynos 8895 vs Snapdragon 835 benchmark comparison

19 April 2017

In case you've somehow missed it we'll reiterate that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have two distinct versions - one powered by the company’s own Exynos 8895 chipset and another one equipped with a Snapdragon 835.

Samsung has repeatedly reassured us that the two are perfectly on par when it comes to performance. Yet we know better than taking such statements for granted and had to check for ourselves.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset has its eight custom Kryo 280 cores in two clusters, working at 2.35 and 1.9 GHz, respectively. Samsung's solution, on the other hand, employs four redesigned M1 "Mongoose" V2 custom cores, clocked at 2.3 GHz and a less power-intensive cluster of four Cortex-A53 units, running at 1.7 GHz. There are some differences in the graphics department as well: an Adreno 540 on the Snapdragon 835 and a Mali-G71 MP20 on the Exynos 8895.

And now that we finally managed to test a US unit and diving right into the numbers, we kick off by saying both chips perform almost identically in the CPU department.

GeekBench favored the Exynos 8895, although performance deltas are small. Then again, the older GeekBench 3 gave an edge to the 2.35 GHz Kryo 280 core in the Snapdragon over a 2nd-gen Mongoose 2.3 GHz one in single-threaded loads. This could partially be attributed to the higher clock speed, but we believe newer and updated test scenarios and procedures are at play more than anything else here. It's only natural, as both hardware and software improves, you can't expect to continue grading performance with the exact same workloads and tests.

GeekBench 3 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    7375
  • Huawei Mate 9
    7290
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    7202
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    6600
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    6123
  • OnePlus 3T
    5956
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    5420
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    5044
  • Google Pixel XL
    4265

GeekBench 3 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3526
  • OnePlus 3T
    2560
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    2345
  • Huawei Mate 9
    2173
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    2161
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    2151
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    2072
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    1972
  • Google Pixel XL
    1960

GeekBench 4 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    6338
  • Huawei Mate 9
    6112
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    6106
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    5664
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    5583
  • OnePlus 3T
    4364
  • HTC U Ultra
    4201
  • Google Pixel XL
    4152
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    4128
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3979
  • LG G6 (US)
    3648

GeekBench 4 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3473
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    1938
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    1915
  • Huawei Mate 9
    1898
  • OnePlus 3T
    1890
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    1860
  • LG G6 (US)
    1792
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    1724
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    1696
  • HTC U Ultra
    1647
  • Google Pixel XL
    1507

The same logic can be applied to AnTuTu. AnTuTu 5 gave the Snapdragon 835 a very slight edge, while AnTuTu 6 sees the Exynos on top.

AnTuTu 5

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    81688
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    80923
  • Huawei Mate 9
    79963
  • OnePlus 3T
    78135
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    75934

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    174070
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    173110
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    168133
  • OnePlus 3T
    165097
  • LG G6 (US)
    141895
  • Google Pixel XL
    141186
  • HTC U Ultra
    139750
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    133574
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    132849
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    129229
  • Huawei Mate 9
    122826

Overall, we are willing to agree with Samsung that CPUs are perfectly on par between the chipsets, yet, the graphics units tend to have a wider difference between them. The Mali-G71 GPU, inside the Exynos 8895 consistently manages to output a few more frames than the Adreno 540 in the Snapdragon.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    42
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    39
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    39
  • OnePlus 3T
    33
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    32
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    32
  • Google Pixel XL
    32
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    29
  • HTC U Ultra
    27
  • LG G6 (US)
    25
  • Huawei Mate 9
    22

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    42
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    34
  • OnePlus 3T
    33
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    23
  • Huawei Mate 9
    23
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    18
  • Google Pixel XL
    17
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    16
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    15
  • HTC U Ultra
    13
  • LG G6 (US)
    11

GFX 3.1 Car scene (offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    25
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    23
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    20
  • OnePlus 3T
    20
  • Google Pixel XL
    19
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    18
  • HTC U Ultra
    18
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    15
  • LG G6 (US)
    15
  • Huawei Mate 9
    13

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XZs
    21
  • OnePlus 3T
    20
  • Huawei Mate 9
    14
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    13
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    12
  • Google Pixel XL
    11
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    10
  • HTC U Ultra
    10
  • LG G6 (US)
    8.1
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    7.8

Still, in the real world usage, gaming is a smooth experience on both the international and US versions of the handsets. If ultimate frame rates are what you are after, you can choose to lower a games resolution though Samsung's Game Launcher or not force full-screen stretching on older titles. But, during our time with the S8 and S8+, we never really felt the need for any such adjustment. Even demanding titles adapt themselves seamlessly and play great on the devices.

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    43862
  • OnePlus 3T
    36958
  • Huawei Mate 9
    36519
  • HTC U Ultra
    35875
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    34951
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    33815
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    32160
  • LG G6 (US)
    32041
  • Google Pixel XL
    30861
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    28480

Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    1517
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    1111
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    817
  • Huawei Mate 9
    794
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (E8890)
    733
  • LG G6 (US)
    647
  • OnePlus 3T
    641
  • Google Pixel XL
    626
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 edge (S820)
    624
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    623
  • HTC U Ultra
    582