Earlier this week, the unannounced Samsung Galaxy S22+ appeared on benchmarking website Geekbench running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Today, we have the Ultra model pop-up on the same platform, with an Exynos chipset.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra (SM-S908B) has surfaced on Geekbench running on a chipset identified as s5e9925, which is reportedly the upcoming Exynos 2200. The octa-core processor has three CPU cores operating at 2.52GHz, one at 2.50GHz, and four at 1.73GHz. Now you might argue that the reported clock speeds are far lower than what previous rumors have suggested. Perhaps it’s an unfinished product and needs a lot of optimization.
Moreover, the Geekbench listing also mentions ARM’s v8 architecture. Rumors have it that the Exynos 2200 will use the newer v9 architecture that will bring significant performance improvement to the table. Perhaps that’s why we are seeing unexpectedly low Geekbench 5 scores as well. The device scored 691 in the single-core test and 3,167 in the multi-core test. The single-core score, in particular, isn’t quite up to the mark but it’s obvious that these scores are based on in-development software and hardware.
The Galaxy S22 Ultra is listed with 8GB of RAM in this Geekbench benchmark. But the device will also come in a 12GB RAM variant, and perhaps a 16GB variant as well. All three models will run Android 12 out of the box, with Samsung’s One UI 4 skin on top. You can check out our Galaxy S22 Ultra Preview to know more about the upcoming phone.
Exynos-powered Galaxy S22 confirmed
The latest sighting on Geekbench also confirms that the Galaxy S22 series will come in both Snapdragon and Exynos variants depending on the market. While we were expecting this from the very beginning, rumors recently suggested that Samsung could use a Snapdragon processor, the unannounced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, in its upcoming flagships universally. The ongoing chip shortage was said to have forced the Korean company to go this route.
But that doesn’t appear to be the case. Samsung is seemingly able to manufacture enough Exynos 2200 SoCs to use them in the Galaxy S22 series in some markets. It could end up using Qualcomm chipsets in more markets than previous years, but Exynos-powered Galaxy S22 will exist.
All eyes are now on the performance gap between the Exynos 2200 and the Snapdragon 8 Gen1. Samsung’s Exynos processors have failed to match the performance of the Qualcomm counterparts in recent years. But things are now looking much better for the Korean company, at least on paper. It remains to be seen whether this also translates into improved real-life performance.