In a little over two weeks from now, Samsung will unveil its Galaxy S10 product family, and if the rumors and leaks up to this point turn out to be true, there will be at least three variants—Galaxy S10 Lite, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10 Plus. How fast will the Galaxy 10 be? A newly leaked benchmark run on Geekbench may give us a hint.
As always, we have to take these things with a grain of salt—it's not that difficult to fake the specs in a Geekbench listing. That said, given how close we are to Samsung's official launch, it's not surprising to see more benchmark scores leak out.
In this case, the model name in the listing is "Samsung SM-G975F," which is believed to be the Galaxy S10 Plus variant. Oddly, however, the listing only shows 6GB of RAM and not the rumored 12GB.
As to the processor, as Samsung has done in the past, it will lean on Qualcomm for the US models (Snapdragon 855) and plop its own silicon (Exynos 9820) into the international models. The benchmark listing is representative of the latter.
Armed with Samsung's Exynos 9820 processor, the Galaxy S10 Plus scored 4,472 in the single-core test and 10,387 in the multi-core test. As we like to do around these parts, we plotted the leaked scores with our own collection of Geekbench scores. Here's a look:
Keep in mind that we can't vouch for the Galaxy S10 scores—we just plot them next to our own scores for reference. In doing so, however, the Galaxy S10 shoots to the top of the chart in both single-core and multi-core performance. That's impressive, if it hold trues to the final build.
How does it compare to Apple's A12 Bionic? We haven't had a chance to test one yet, but in browsing Geekbench's database, the fastest scores for an iPhone XS Max are 4,842 and 11,169 for the single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. In essence, the leaked listing suggests that Samsung's Exynos 9820 nearly closes the gap.
That's impressive, as Apple's custom silicon has traditionally performed well in benchmarks (and real-world performance). The Exynos 9820 appears to give the A12 Bionic a run for its money, which speaks to the silicon's tri-cluster octa-core CPU architecture. It consists of two custom cores for running heavy computational tasks, two Arm Cortex-A75 cores for "optimal performance," and four Cortex-A55 cores for everyday tasks.
"Samsung’s 4th generation custom CPU is implemented with enhanced memory access capability and advanced architecture design improving the single core performance by up to 20 percent than its predecessor. Furthermore, tri-cluster architecture features an intelligent task scheduler to optimize the balance between the performance and efficiency for longer lasting battery life," Samsung explains.
It all adds up to what should be an exciting smartphone launch. Samsung will unveil its Galaxy S10 series during its Unpacked event on February 20.