Tech & Science Galaxy S9 should be insanely fast: Snapdragon 845 speed test

18:26  12 february  2018
18:26  12 february  2018 Source:   CNET

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Snapdragon 845 vs. Galaxy Note 8, Pixel 2 XL and LG V30. I ran 12 benchmarking tests a minimum of three times each on the Snapdragon 845 If there's only one thing you take away from this chart, it should be how much faster the Snapdragon 845 reference device is than the next fastest 835 phone.

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a close up of a computer© Provided by CNET There's little doubt the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S9 will be fast. And on a warm, sunny day at Qualcomm's headquarters in San Diego, California, we found out exactly how fast that might be.

The Galaxy S9 is expected to be one of the first phones in 2018 to use Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset. The chipset is the phone's brain. You can't run the operating system, connect to the internet or process photos without it. The Snapdragon 845 also comes with advanced features that will produce more colorful photos and videos, longer battery life and biometric security that guards your privacy with your fingerprint or face.

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We journalists spent two hours running and rerunning a suite of 12 benchmarking tests on Android reference phones that the company whipped up specifically to evaluate and fine-tune Snapdragon 845. For a truer reading, we gave the phones a chance to cool down when their batteries grew hot.

Together, the dozen benchmarking tests simulate how well the graphics (GPU), raw computing power (CPU) and websites among other things will run on phones that use this chip.

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The Galaxy S 9 is Samsung’s next major smartphone release, a phone that should be unveiled at some point in the first quarter of 2018. Recent Galaxy S 9 rumors also said the phone will enjoy a limited period of exclusivity with the Snapdragon 845 , just like the Galaxy S 8 did with the Snapdragon 835

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I then ran the exact same tests on some of 2017s top phones when I returned to San Francisco: the Galaxy Note 8, Pixel 2 XL and LG V30. And yes, all three used last year's Qualcomm chip, the Snapdragon 835.

You'll see the results in the charts below, but spoiler alert: The 845 device performed at least 25 percent faster than the best score on all but four tests out of the dozen.

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When Qualcomm unveiled its Snapdragon 845 platform a few days ago, we learned that the system-on-a-chip that will power the next generation of Android and Windows 10 devices will come with faster battery charging speeds than its predecessor. At the time, we wondered whether the Galaxy S 9 will

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Now, benchmarking tests are only one indication of performance, and there's a lot they don't cover. Keep reading for more on that.

The new chip is hitting at a time when Qualcomm, the world's largest chipmaker for mobile phones, needs to show it's still the apex predator. The company faces increased pressure from device makers like Huawei and even longtime partner Samsung, both companies that make their own chips (Samsung phones often use Qualcomm in some regions and their house-made Exynos processor in others).

Qualcomm is also locked in a legal battle with Apple that it's currently losing -- perhaps along with Apple's business -- even as the ensuing threat of a hostile takeover by giant chipmaker Broadcom looms.

But a wave of best-in-class phones made with Snapdragon 845 will give Qualcomm the prestige it needs to sell more chips and strengthen partnerships as it prepares to usher in 5G phones next year.

What's a reference phone and why does it matter?

The phones running Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 CPU aren't prototypes, and you'll never be able to buy them. They're what's known as "reference devices," working phones meant for in-house use.

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What we need to witness are real-life performance and speed tests because they are more reliable. There are several factors to be considered so let’s wait and see for the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S 9 with Snapdragon 845 and Galaxy S 9 running Exynos 9810.

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In this case, Qualcomm relies on them to test new chips in as close to a real-world environment as possible. The reference devices also work as a proof-of-concept for partners that might consider making a phone or other device using the chip.

Snapdragon 845 reference phone specs

- 5.5-inch LCD screen with 2,560x1,440-pixel resolution

- Dual rear cameras: 12-megapixel and 13-megapixel

- Front-facing camera: 12-megapixel

- 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 processor

- 6GB RAM

- USB-C

- No headset jack

- Not waterproof

Snapdragon 845 vs. Galaxy Note 8, Pixel 2 XL and LG V30

I ran 12 benchmarking tests a minimum of three times each on the Snapdragon 845 reference phone, in some cases rerunning tests six times when the results seemed off-target. I averaged the results.

Then, I ran each test three times on three other phones: the Galaxy Note 8, Pixel 2 XL and LG V30, which all run on Snapdragon 835. That's a grand total of 150 benchmark results to average and compare in the chart you see below.

If you don't regularly study benchmarking scores, don't worry. All you need to know is that taken together, these tests attempt to model real-world speeds for graphics, computing power and web use. They establish a baseline indicator of how fast the phones can be at their peak efficiency.

Comparing phones with the Snapdragon 835 chips can be one basis for predicting how devices made with the next generation processor will behave, along with real-world observation.

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I’m talking about the Snapdragon 845 processor that will power next year’s Galaxy S 9 and many other Android devices. Wi-Fi speeds now support the 802.11ad standard, and there’s Bluetooth 5.0 support inside the 845 . Going Fast !

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If there's only one thing you take away from this chart, it should be how much faster the Snapdragon 845 reference device is than the next fastest 835 phone. That's the far right column (Percentage faster).

Snapdragon 845 versus Note 8, Pixel 2, LG V30

Snapdragon 845 Reference Phone

Galaxy Note 8Google Pixel 2XLLG V30
AnTutu 256,805 200,665 203,109 178,871 26%
Geekbench 4.0 Single: 2,439; Multi: 8,200 Single: 1,870; Multi: 6,411 Single: 1,911; Multi: 6,393 Single: 1,922; Multi: 6,466 Single: 27%; Multi: 27%
GFXBench 4.0 Manhattan 3.0 Offscreen 5,160 frames 3,911 frames 3,747 frames 3,750 frames 32%
GFXBench 4.0 Manhattan 3.1 Offscreen 3,769 frames 2,650 frames 2,566 frames 2,573 frames 42%
GFXBench 4.0 T-Rex Offscreen 8,434 frames 6,567 frames 6,476 frames 6,318 frames 28%
GFXBench 4.0 Car Chase Offscreen 2,086 frames 1,488 frames 1,453 frames 1,432 frames 40%
3DMark Slingshot 3.1 Unlimited 4,895 4,690 4,017 3,568 4%
3DMark Slingshot 3.0 Unlimited 6,217 6,026 5,006 4,029 3%
Kraken - Chrome (lower is better) 2,436 milliseconds 3,643 milliseconds 3,536 milliseconds 3,150 milliseconds 23%
Octane - Chrome 15,921 11,550 12,326 10,805 29%
Sunspider - Chrome (lower is better) 448 milliseconds 591 milliseconds 529 milliseconds 862 milliseconds 15%
Jetstream - Chrome 86 59 63 62 37%

*Higher scores are better, for all results except Kraken and Sunspider

**Versus the next fastest phone in this group

Snapdragon 845 benchmarking tests paint half a picture

Benchmarking scores aren't the end-all, be-all of performance indicators. First of all, the tests don't account for variations in how you use the phone, or for all the features that help you enjoy your device.

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Samsung and Qualcomm have started to on next year's Galaxy S 9 which will feature Snapdragon 845 chipset. Snapdragon 835 is said to be 27% faster and 30% more energy efficient compared to chips operating on the 14-nanometer technology.

Thanks to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 , the Samsung Galaxy S 9 + should be a beast of a phone when it comes to performance 4. ColinW (Posts: 335; Member since: 04 Jun 2014). Yes but even with those benchmarks, it loses out in speed tests .

Second, the validity of benchmarking results has been called into question in the past for "optimizing" phones so they skew more powerful in testing. Samsung, OnePlus and HTC have all been nailed for this.

a close up of a device: The Snapdragon 845 will power 2018's top phones.© Provided by CNET The Snapdragon 845 will power 2018's top phones. Even if one handset using 845 winds up with scores that peg it as slower than another device with the same chipset, you may not notice much difference when using the two side by side.

That's why we balance test scores with anecdotal observation from everyday life. Does it lag or hang as you naturally use it, how smooth is scrolling or gameplay on a game with some seriously detailed graphics? How long does it take to process a photo?

The most meaningful interpretation we can get from these results right now is that Qualcomm's claims mostly hold. Best case scenario, you can hope for your Snapdragon 845 phone to be about 25 percent faster than 2017's models.

But the variation in score between phones humming along on the very same chip proves that there are other factors in play that make these devices the sum of multiple parts, not just a collection of processors.

Before you know it, we'll be able to get a better idea of Snapdragon 845's real-life results, as soon as the first phone to use it -- likely the Galaxy S9 -- lands in our hands.

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