The Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup is scheduled to be unveiled on February 20, but leaked benchmark scores for one of the unreleased models doesn’t paint a great picture for the upcoming flagship.
The benchmarks for the upcoming Galaxy S10+, which is not quite the flagship model of the new models, but is pretty high up there, have surfaced via Slashleaks. The model in question features 6GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, both of which should equal plenty of worthwhile performance. However, when compared to the A12 Bionic processor within the iPhone XS, XS Max, and even the iPhone XR, it doesn’t quite keep up.
According to the benchmark scores taken with Geekbench 4, the Galaxy S10+ earned a single-core score of 3413 and a multi-core score of 10256. Compare that to the A12 Bionic’s single-core score of 4797 and the multi-core score of 11264 and the difference is pretty clear. This does indicate that while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 is a powerful processor in its own right, Apple’s hard work in its A-series processors in power and efficiency continue to make it the processor to beat.
Benchmarks are fun to look at, and they are indicative of a processor’s capabilities. However, it’s not the final story. Real world usage can be very different on a person-to-person basis, so one’s experience with a device, even a major flagship, can be different from another’s. Still, there’s simply no denying that the A12 Bionic is a powerhouse, and these benchmarks definitely showcase that.
It is also worth noting here that while this Galaxy S10+ is a powerful device with high-end specs, this is allegedly not the most powerful device Samsung has coming down the pipe. The Galaxy S10 X is supposedly the company’s ten year anniversary device, and it is said to boast 10GB of RAM — but the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. It will also boast 5G. That being said, the processor’s still the same as the one in the Galaxy S10+, so the performance will not be all that different.