TEST: We benchmark the Snapdragon 835 inside the Xperia XZ Premium

Ivan, 09 May 2017

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium was among the first devices to have a Snapdragon 835 inside and naturally we were curious how fast exactly it is.

We've already seen what the S835 can do in our detailed Galaxy S8 review so let's compare it to Sony's flagship phone.

We compared the engine inside the Xperia XZ Premium could only be against the Exynos 8895 Octa inside the international versions of the Galaxy S8 duo, the Snapdragon 835 in their US models, Apple's A10 Fusion chip and Huawei's HiSilicon Kirin 960.

We also included the older Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821 via the likes of the older Xperia XZs and the LG G6, OnePlus 3T and Google Pixel XL. That should give us an idea of how much an improvent the SD835 actually is.

Starting off with the CPU tests the Sony Xperia XZ Premium scores similarly to Snapdragon 835-powered Galaxy S8+ and the Exynos 8895 Octa and higher than the Kirin 960-propelled P10 Plus. In the GeekBench 4 multi-core scores (where all 8 cores are going full speed) the Xperia XZ Premium lags slightly behind the Galaxy S8 and S8+ (in both Exynos and Snapdragon flavor) but is in front in the compound Basemark OS II.

When it comes to single-core performance the Xperia XZ Premium's 2.45GHz Kryo cores are outpaced only by Apple's custom cores. The Snapdragon 835's single-core performance is practically the same as the single-core performance of the Kirin 960 and the Exynos 8895 Octa.

GeekBench 4 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    6338
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    6175
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    6106
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    5837
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    5821
  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    5664
  • OnePlus 3T
    4364
  • Google Pixel XL
    4152
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    3979
  • LG G6 (US)
    3648

GeekBench 4 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    3473
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    1945
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    1943
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    1938
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    1937
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    1915
  • OnePlus 3T
    1890
  • LG G6 (US)
    1792
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    1724
  • Google Pixel XL
    1507

Basemark OS II

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    4127
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    3447
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    3401
  • OnePlus 3T
    3328
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    3272
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    2606
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    2364

Graphics are a different story - the Mali-G71 MP20 GPU inside Samsung's Exynos 8895 Octa scores higher than Qualcomm's Adreno 540. Graphics-wise the Snapdragon 835 is only a slight improvement over the 821, at least in Basemark X.

The results continue in the same pattern in Basemark ES 3.1/Metal where the Adreno 540 sits behind the Mali GPU which in turn is second to the PowerVR Series7XT GPU inside Apple's A10 chipset.

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    43862
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    42370
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    38507
  • OnePlus 3T
    36958
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    34951
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    33815
  • LG G6 (US)
    32041
  • Google Pixel XL
    30861
  • Huawei P10 Plus
    30602

Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus
    1517
  • Samsung Galaxy S8
    1189
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    1111
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    817
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    727
  • LG G6 (US)
    647
  • OnePlus 3T
    641
  • Google Pixel XL
    626
  • Sony Xperia XZs
    623

So it appears we are looking a chipset that's a definite step up from the Snapdragon 821, but not really a huge one.

Naturally, the latest chipsets are as much about futureproofing as serving to the current needs on the market, so don't expect the Xperia XZ Premium feel drastically faster than its Snapdragon-821 rivals. It's only under extreme loads that differences begin to appear. Of course once software catches up and starts utilizing more of the available power things will change.

What's most important is real-life performance and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium does spendidly - the phone is snappy, runs cool, and is a real pleasure to use.


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  • AnonD-189861

Some geeks use phone to run benchmarks test and get satisfaction from being the fastest while others go for overall user experience and price factor.

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