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❤ Samsung Galaxy: How the Galaxy S9 perform badly compared to the Galaxy S8

The story behind how the Galaxy S9 got outperformed by an older Galaxy, the S8 in benchmark tests. Read on.


  • AnandTech

Smartphones Tested:

  • iPhone X (with A11 Bionic chip)

  • iPhone 7 (with A10 Bionic chip)

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 (with Exynos 9810 chip)


  • The S9 and S9+ delivered worse performance than last year’s Galaxy S8 in every test, and was beaten by competitors including the Google Pixel XL 2, Huawei Mate 10 and Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 10. Perhaps most embarrassingly of all, however, it was also bested by two 2016 phones: Huawei’s Mate 9, and Apple’s iPhone 7.

The story:

Firstly, Samsung is using two separate chips in its new Galaxy devices: the Exynos 9810 and the Snapdragon 845 from Qualcomm. The Exynos 9810 chip outperforms the Snapdragon 845, but doesn’t quite match Apple’s A11 Bionic chip.

On a single-core GeekBench 4 test, for example, the Exynos 9810 saw integer and floating point scores of 3,724 and 3,440, respectively, well below the 4,630 and 3,958 scores earned by the A11 and under the 4,007 integer score earned by the A10.

AnandTech was testing a demo version of the Exynos-based Galaxy S9 and came to the conclusion that there was something wrong with the device given its poor scores on the latter two tests compared to the Snapdragon 845, but even had the Exynos 9810 shown performance on par with the Qualcomm chip, Apple’s iPhones still offer better performance. 


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