Following yesterday’s reveal of Qualcomm’s slightly overclocked Snapdragon 855 ‘Plus’, Samsung’s own slightly overclocked Exynos 9825 has been leak-benchmarked in the Galaxy Note 10.
Though less common amongst flagship chips in the last few years, it remains a common practice for chipmakers like Qualcomm and Samsung to rebrand their processors, typically with minor improvements to performance and/or efficiency.
We saw the latest such refresh only yesterday when Qualcomm announced a ‘Plus’ rebrand of their flagchip Snapdragon 855 featuring slightly improved clockspeeds for the single primary core and graphics chip which offers a minimal performance improvement to well-cooled devices like Asus’ imminent ROG Phone 2.
Well we’ve now received a leaked benchmark of the global Galaxy Note 10 variant and it reveals that rather than continuing to use their Exynos 9820 as seen in Samsung’s Galaxy S10-series, the Korean conglomerate will instead be using what appears to be a slightly overclocked refresh in the ‘Exynos 9825‘.
An overclocked refresh, like that seen in the Snapdragon 855 Plus, seems apparent in the Exynos 9825 not only due to the incremental name but also due to the Geekbench benchmark’s result of ~4500 single-core and ~10200 multi-core which indicates an approximately 5% faster single primary core speed but no improvements to multi-core performance, almost identical to the gains of the Snapdragon 855 Plus.
For reference, the Exynos 9820 scores ~4250 single-core and ~10200 multi-core in Geekbench, and the Snapdragon 855 scores ~3500 single-core and ~10800 multi-core.
It’s also likely we’ll see some improvement in the Exynos 9825’s graphics performance over the Exynos 9820 when the former is announced, however we can’t know about any such improvements yet as Geekbench does not test graphics.
Snapdragon 855-powered Note 10’s were also leaked in Geekbench benchmarks (not 855 Plus-powered interestingly) though, so Samsung will unsurprisingly continue selling Snapdragon-powered variants in North America.
It’s interesting to see Qualcomm and Samsung both choosing now to return to the semi-annual refresh cadence, though I do believe that the Snapdragon 855 Plus was initially created for Asus‘ ROG Phone 2, and Samsung’s Exynos 9825 was probably catalysed in consequence.
We’ll soon find out all the official details of Samsung’s newly refreshed chip on August 7th when the company hosts its Unpacked event for the Galaxy Note 10 – stay tuned to Talk Android for all the details!