The Galaxy S8 model equipped with the Samsung-made Exynos 8895 system-on-chip (SoC) outscored the one fueled by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset on AnTuTu, according to a set of recently surfaced images depicting benchmark scores of both handsets. The model fueled by Qualcomm's latest flagship SoC scored 162,101 points on AnTuTu, while the one powered by Samsung's chip earned 174,155 points from the same benchmark, even surpassing the iPhone 7 Plus and seemingly overshadowing the Snapdragon 835-powered model. The model featuring Qualcomm's chip came close but was ultimately unable to surpass the OnePlus 3T, the results have shown. Refer to the gallery below to see AnTuTu scores of both smartphones and other reference models.
The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus powered by the Snapdragon 835 were primarily made for the United States where Samsung usually decides against launching devices with its Exynos SoCs due to the fact that it's cheaper to release smartphones with Qualcomm-made hardware. The San Diego-based semiconductor manufacturer holds a number of CDMA patents which are a strong reason for phone makers to use its chips in the U.S. instead of releasing modified versions of devices compatible with CDMA and paying heavy licensing fees. On a related note, Qualcomm has recently been having issues with a number of antitrust watchdogs around the world due to its alleged anti-competitive practices. Earlier this month, the Taiwanese Fair Trade Commission (FTC) even accused the U.S. tech giant of preventing Samsung from selling its chips to third-party phone makers.
Regarding benchmark scores, the ones outlined above are mostly in line with last year's comparison of the Galaxy S7 lineup powered by the Snapdragon 830 and the one fueled by the Exynos 8890. Back then, the Exynos-equipped devices also outscored the ones featuring Qualcomm's chip in all benchmarks. With that said, both the Snapdragon 835 and the Exynos 8895 were manufactured using the 10nm process and should be extremely similar in everyday use in terms of battery life and performance. More details regarding minor differences between the models and their scores in popular benchmarks should follow soon seeing how the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus are launching worldwide on April 21.