Note 10’s Exynos 9825 vs Snapdragon 855+ vs S10’s 9820 benchmark comparison – PhoneArena

Note 10's Exynos 9825 vs Snapdragon 855+ vs S10's 9820 specs and benchmarks

Samsung just detailed the last piece in the Note 10 and 10+ chipset puzzle – its next-gen Exynos 9825 processor. Samsung already has the Exynos 9820 in the Galaxy S10 family but it is an odd 8nm bird that is slightly inferior to the Snapdragon 855 in the US versions of the phone that are made with the first-gen 7nm process.

The opposite used to be a familiar refrain for years – the US gets a Snapdragon-equipped Galaxy S line flagship, because… Qualcomm patents, but also Verizon and Sprint’s legacy CDMA voice networks. The rest of the world, however, usually basked in the battery life efficiency coming with Samsung’s homebrew Exynos line of processors, and often the added benefit of a better audio processor.

This year, however, is different. Samsung didn’t have enough yield from its revolutionary second-gen 7nm process made with the superior Extreme Ultra Violet (EUV) lithography to satisfy the Galaxy S10 demand, so it went with the middle ground 8nm Exynos 9820 abroad that is still made with the old fine metal mask process.

This showed, both in benchmarks and in real world performance, especially when it comes to battery life, graphics and camera performance. With the Note 10, however, the tables are getting turned once again. The Exynos 9825 is the first mass-produced mobile chipset that is made with the new second-gen 7nm method, and it already scored impressive benchmarks. Apple’s A13 is expected to land TSMC’s 7nm EUV node in the fall, and the real fun will start, but for now, the Exynos 9825 should be wiping the floor with every other Android out there. 

This is why we are pitting the Note 10 and Galaxy S10 system chips against their rivals from the second half of 2019, knowing full well that these are the processors which will be tiding us over at least until the spring.

Galaxy Note 10’s Exynos 9825 vs 9820 vs Snapdragon 855+ benchmarks

We are comparing the currently known Snapdragon 855+ and 9825 specs and features below for your viewing pleasure. For reference, we are starting with the current Snapdragon 855 that is in most 2019 Android flagships already.

Exynos 9825 Snapdragon 855+ Snapdragon 855 Exynos 9820
Production process 7nm EUV 7nm (TSMC FF) 7nm (TSMC FF) 8nm LPP FinFET(Samsung)
Processor cores 2x Exynos M4 @2.73GHz

2x Cortex [email protected]2.4GHz



4x Cortex [email protected]

1x Kryo 485 Gold (custom Cortex-A76) @ 2.96GHz

3x Kryo 485 Gold (custom Cortex-A76) @ 2.42GHz

4x Kryo 485 Silver (custom Cortex-A55) @ 1.80GHz

1x Kryo 485 Gold (custom Cortex-A76) @ 2.84GHz

3x Kryo 485 Gold (custom Cortex-A76) @ 2.42GHz

4x Kryo 485 Silver (custom Cortex-A55) @ 1.80GHz

2x Exynos [email protected] + 2x Cortex [email protected] + 4x Cortex [email protected]
GPU Mali-G76 MP12 Adreno 640 Adreno 640 Mali-G76 MP12 @ 702MHz
Modem Shannon LTE

(Category 20)

Downloads up to 2Gbps, 8xCA

Uploads: up to 316 Mbps

Exynos 5100 5G modem add-on

Snapdragon X24 LTE

(Category 20)

Downloads: up to 2Gbps, 7xCA

Uploads: up to 316Mbps

X50 5G modem add-on

Snapdragon X24 LTE

(Category 20)

Downloads: up to 2Gbps, 7xCA

Uploads: up to 316Mbps

X50 5G modem add-on

Shannon LTE 

(Category 20) 

Downloads up to 2Gbps, 8xCA

Uploads: up to 316 Mbps

Exynos 5100 5G modem add-on

AI co-processor Yes, dual-core NPU Yes Yes Yes, dual-core NPU
Video encode 4K HDR at 150fps

8K HDR at 30fps
4K HDR10+ 4K HDR10+ 4K HDR at 150fps

8K HDR at 30fps
Misc. Computational photography

UFS 3.0 storage support for up to 2.9GB/s speeds

Computational photography

4K HDR Bokeh Video

8K 360 VR video playback

Always-on noise cancelation

Dual-frequency GPS

Computational photography

4K HDR Bokeh Video

8K 360 VR video playback

Always-on noise cancelation

Dual-frequency GPS

Computational photography

UFS 3.0 storage support for up to 2.9GB/s speeds


The advanced 7nm EUV process of Samsung is finally ready for cost-effective mass production, and we can’t wait for the first official benchmarks to trickle down the pipe. You can preview the boost to expect with Snapdragon 855+ and 9825 below, derived directly from the Geekbench database – the 855+ is on the ROG Phone 2 gaming handset, and the 9825 is on a pre-production Note 10, and both chipsets are killing it.

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