The Exynos 9810 is the latest flagship Processor that powers the Galaxy S9 and the S9+.
From its predecessor (Exynos 8895), Samsung has made various improvements. Comparing it with its competitors like Snapdragon 845 and Apple’s A11 Bionic, the Exynos 9810 lags behind in terms of Graphics Performance. However, the CPU performance is much better when compared to Snapdragon 845.
A11 Bionic Chip that powers the iPhone 8 and iPhone X is still way ahead of both.
So, is this processor good enough? Let’s find out by checking out its benchmarks and real-world performance. But before that, here’s a quick look at the pros. and cons. of this processor.
This chip is ultra-efficient as it is manufactured by the 2nd Generation 10nm FinFET Process. Hence, it will consume low battery and the phone is unlikely to overheat. Both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 and Apple A11 Bionic are manufactured using the same process.
Even though the GPU of Exynos 9810 is weaker than its counterparts, it is good enough to handle heavy games at high settings. There are only minor improvements in the GPU performance from the last generation Mali-G71 MP20 to the current Mali-G72 MP18 Graphics Processor. I do hope that Samsung uses a better GPU next time and this is even more important considering that Samsung flagships have a 1440p Resolution Display.
The CPU performance is top notch and the best we have ever seen on an Android Device to date. The custom Mongoose M3 cores easily outperform the Kryo 385 cores of Snapdragon 845. Being an in-house chip, it is specifically designed to keep the software and other factors of Galaxy S9 in mind. This results in a better-optimized phone that delivers great user experience. It also enhances the user experience with the help of Deep Learning.
Snapdragon 626 Specification
Snapdragon 626 Specification
|Fabrication||10nm FinFET LPP|
|CPU Cores||8 (Octa-Core)|
|Core Configuration||4x Exynos M3 at 2.9GHz + 4x Cortex-A55 at 1.9 GHz|
|GPU Frequency||572 MHz|
|Max. Display Resolution||4K|
|Modem||LTE Cat 18|
|Camera ISP||24MP Single-Camera or Dual 16MP+16MP Camera|
The full name of this SOC is Exynos 9 Series 9810 and it is fabricated using the Samsung’s 10nm FinFET LPP Process. It has an Octa-Core CPU with two clusters of Mongoose M3 cores and ARM’s Cortex-A55 CPUs. The M3 are the high-performance CPUs that are clocked at 2.9GHz while the Cortex-A55 are power-efficient cores with a clock rate of 1.9 GHz.
This simply means that when you’re doing heavy tasks, the high-performance cores drive the process but during general usage, the low-powered cores drive the applications to conserve battery. This chipset comes with the Mali-G72 MP18 Graphics Processing Unit which has a frequency of 572 MHz. The Mali-G72 MP18 can support a display resolution of 4K.
The storage type of this SOC is Universal Flash Storage 2.1. Coming to Memory, it supports the latest LPDDR4X RAM. However, I’m not sure whether it is a Dual-Channel Memory or the Quad-Channel. It comes with Gigabit LTE Modem that can deliver download speeds up to 1.2 Gigabits per second and Upload speeds up to 200 Megabits per second. Voice over LTE is supported by this Modem.
The Image Sensor Processor supports a 24 Megapixel Single-Camera at max or a Dual Camera of maximum 16 Megapixels each.
In this section, we will have a look at the benchmark scores of Exynos 9810. Here are the GeekBench, Antutu, and the GFXBench scores of this chip.
Note: Even though benchmarks give a good idea of the raw performance of a processor and they do matter, we cannot blindly believe these scores. Always give priority to the real-world performance rather than the benchmark tests.
GeekBench 4 Score
In the Geek Bench Scores, the Exynos 9810 shatters all the records of Android Phones. The Single-Core score of Galaxy S9+ is 3,608 while its Multi-Core score is 8,607. It even defeats the Snapdragon 845 by a huge margin. The Snapdragon 845 failed to cross even 2,500 points in the Single-Core tests.
However, the A11 Bionic still dominates Geek Bench with a Single-Core score of over 4,000. So, if you’re an Android fan like me, that’s the best processor you can get for high performance.
The Antutu Score takes a lot of factors into consideration but a lot of experts consider it unreliable. The Samsung Galaxy S9+ scored 244,531 points on the Antutu.
The Antutu score of Exynos 9810 surpasses any Apple chip ever made. However, the Snapdragon 845 currently dominates Antutu with the latest OnePlus 6 scoring over 275k+ points.
Here’s a comparison of GFXBench Manhattan 2.1 Offscreen. To make the tests fair, all the phones are tested at 1080p. So, the 1440p display is not the cause of low-score of Exynos 9810.
But trust me, that score isn’t too low, it is still on the flagship level. However, it seems like Qualcomm and Apple are surging away with the GPU performance and Samsung still has a long way to go.
This test suggests that the Apple and Snapdragon 845 phones will deliver a good gaming experience and this is true. Buying an SDM845 or A11 Bionic will be a better choice for mobile gamers. However, if you like to play a lot of games, you can still opt for the Galaxy S9 and S9+. The games will still run at a very high FPS and the 1440p Display makes the gaming experience even better.
So. it all depends on the personal preference: Higher FPS v/s Higher Resolution?
Exynos 9810 Review
Exynos 9810 Review
As we are done with the benchmarks, here’s what I think of this chip and whether it is right for you or not.
Performance & User Experience
When it comes to performance, the Exynos 9810 is blazingly fast and using the Galaxy S9 feels great in the hands. The applications open super-fast and there’s no lag whatsoever. For performance and good user experience, I’ll highly recommend it.
If we compare the app opening speed of Exynos 9810 device with Snapdragon 845 one, the difference will be minimal. However, the Snapdragon 845 has a slight edge as far as the app opening speed is concerned. This suggests that the Memory and Storage Read/Write Speed in 845 is better than that of Exynos 9810.
Nevertheless, the Exynos 9810 variants of Galaxy S9 are super-fast and deliver great performance. For general as well as heavy users, it is a great choice. General tasks such as Messaging, Video Calling, and Browsing works flawlessly.
The gaming experience on a Galaxy S9 or S9+ is out of the world, thanks to its 1440 x 2960 Super AMOLED Display. Even though the Mali-G72 MP18 is not the best GPU out there, it can handle every game you throw at it. The mobile version of PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) works without any issues. So for all the mobile gamers out there, the gaming experience on the Exynos 9810 is marvelous.
Last year when the 10nm Process first came out, it already did wonders in terms of power efficiency. It is built on a slightly improved version of the same technology. Even though we will see a major change next year with 7nm Technique, this one is already too good for your battery. Also, it generates less heat on heavy usage and allows extended gaming for hours.
- Exynos 9810
Comparison with Similar Processors
Comparison with Similar Processors
Snapdragon 845 vs Exynos 9810
The Snapdragon 845 has a better GPU but the CPU performance is slightly lower.
In overall performance, they are very close to each other and both are great processors. However, Exynos 9810 being an in-house chip, I’ll declare it the winner.
Apple A11 Bionic vs Exynos 9810
The A11 Bionic defeats it in almost every test. Be it Gaming, Single-Core CPU Performance, Multi-Core Performance or OS Webview, the A11 Bionic is well optimized and way ahead.
Snapdragon 835 vs Exynos 9810
Snapdragon 835 is one generation older than the Exynos 9810 and it is far behind in terms of performance. However, the GPU of Snapdragon 835 is still better.
Exynos 8895 vs Exynos 9810
The Exynos 8895 is its predecessor and is weaker than it in terms of almost all aspects that we can think of.
Apple A10 Fusion vs Exynos 9810
Even though it is one generation older chip, it is still ahead of Exynos 9810 in almost major aspects such as CPU Performance and Gaming.
Kirin 970 vs Exynos 9810
The Kirin 970 has a much weaker CPU and a slightly weaker GPU. It will be good to see how the upcoming Kirin 980 performs.
Currently, at its price, the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ are a great choice and I’ll prefer it over the Pixel 2 and the iPhone X. However, my opinion is likely to change after the launch of next Pixel and iPhone. Huawei P20 Pro is one such alternative to S9 that you can look at.
If we move to a lower budget, the OnePlus 6 becomes the obvious choice. The Mi Mix 2s is a good choice as well. However, I’m more interested in the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 8 than the Mix 2s.
Before you buy a phone, go with the one that fulfills all your priorities and not the one which everyone claims to be the “best” in its price range.
Apart from the Hardware, you shouldn’t ignore the OS and User Experience. The support for Project Treble in S9 and S9+ means that you can expect faster Android Updates than before. Lastly, I would say that it is a great processor and it will work great for every kind of user.
List of Phones with Exynos 9810 Processor:
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy S9+