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Exynos 990 Galaxy S20 surfaces on Geekbench - How does it compare to the Snapdragon 865 model?

The Exynos 990 is a bit worse than the Snaodragon 865. (Source: Samsung)
The Exynos 990 is a bit worse than the Snaodragon 865. (Source: Samsung)
The Exynos 990 variant of the Samsung Galaxy S20 has now been tested on Geekbench 5.1. The big question, of course, is how it compares to the Snapdragon 865 models. Well, your guess is probably the case.

Samsung will debut the Galaxy S20 phones on February 11 at its Galaxy Unpacked event. The company will launch the phones with two SoC variants—the Exynos 990 and the Snapdragon 865—depending on regions, and the Exynos 990-powered Galaxy S20 has now been benchmarked on Geekbench.

The phone recorded a single-core score of 938, and a multi-core score of 2726. In case you're wondering why these scores are lower than the numbers you're used to seeing over the years, it's because this was benchmarked on Geekbench's latest v5.1.

The big question, of course, is how the Exynos 990 will compare to the Snapdragon 865. Pretty well, actually. The Snapdragon 865 variant of the S20 has also been benchmarked on the same platform, and recorded scores of 923 and 3267 in the single-core and multi-core tests respectively.

Those numbers show the Exynos 990 having a 2% advantage in single-core when compared to the Snapdragon 865. Multi-core is an entirely different game, though, with the Snapdragon 865 being about 20% better. It would appear that Qualcomm has massively bridged the single-core performance gap, while still keeping its multi-core advantage. 

The Snapdragon 865 will offer better performance than the Exynos 990, but that isn't anything new at this point.

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Ricci Rox, 2020-01-31 (Update: 2020-01-31)
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I'm a freelance copywriter who lives and dies for tech. Android, ​especially. The smartphone market is one going through an impressive growth spurt, so I crawl the Internet with keen interest in a technological ecosystem that doesn't seem to be slowing down anytime soon.