One thing that Apple users (including me) love in the iPhones is the optimised CPU performance and for past few years, Apple has had a clear lead over its closest rival Samsung. Now, a new report is saying that Samsung’s upcoming flagship Exynos 9810 chip is expected to come very close in CPU performance to Apple's custom design chips.
According to a report in Madison.com, “in Geekbench 4 – which is performance benchmark test measuring the CPU capabilities of a device's -- Apple's A11 Bionic processor has a more than 100 per cent lead in single-core performance over the best chips from its top rivals, Samsung and Qualcomm.”
Apple's custom-designed A-series CPUs integrated in iPhones, have been considered most powerful applications processors as compared to any other chip available in smartphones today.
Samsung is currently shipping Exynos 8895 and according to Geekbench 4 database, the Exynos 8895 achieves a single-core score of about 2,000 in the test. On the contrary, Apple's A11 Bionic scores approx. 4,250 in the same test.
If we assume that a "two-fold increase" in single-thread performance means doubling the Exynos 8895's single-core score in Geekbench 4, then the Exynos 9810 could attain a Geekbench 4 single-core score of approximately 4,000.
“This would put Exynos 9810 in close proximity of Apple’s A11 Bionic chip meaning that Samsung will have gone from being multiple generations behind Apple in single-core performance (generally a 25 per cent – 30 per cent increase per generation is doing well) to being just six months behind (since Samsung's Exynos 9810 is likely to show up in commercially available devices in March of 2018 -- six months after the launch of the A11 Bionic-powered iPhone 8/8 Plus).
And while most consumers do not purchase a device based on performance tests, with this kind of breakthrough performance in chip Samsung could improve its brand value after it plunged during the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco.
Samsung is also rumoured to be working with chip maker Qualcomm for an alternative to Apple Face ID feature for its next Galaxy S9 smartphone.
Samsung is already working on a foldable Note series smartphone that will hit the shelves in the first quarter 2018, but according to Korean reports Samsung Galaxy S9 won’t have Face ID as seen in Apple iPhone X, but will have an enhanced iris scanner. The company is also creating a new software to make face recognition on the Galaxy S9 faster.
Between the much rumoured foldable smartphone that has been in work for years’ and Apple's A11 Bionic chip which is augmented reality ready, we believe Samsung needs to introduce a device that shows that they're in line with their competitors.