Samsung’s flagship CPU performance over the years: Exynos vs Snapdragon

Smartphones become smarter and more powerful with each passing year. While we have the flagship Samsung Galaxy S23 around the globe, we summarize the whole trip of the past and analyze from where these performances really acquired. As we are all aware the Geekbench scores, which is a great way to determine the improvements of one generation with respect to another.

Moving ahead, the data demonstrate here is from Geekbench 5 scores of every Samsung flagship starting from the Galaxy S5 onwards. As a result of this comparative analysis, it is visible that there’s a net performance improvement. The results are quite interesting to look into the progression of smartphones over the years.


Device Chipset Model
Samsung Galaxy S5 Snapdragon 801 SM-G900F
Samsung Galaxy S5 Exynos 5422 SM-G900H
Samsung Galaxy S5 Snapdragon 805 SM-G901F
Samsung Galaxy S6 Exynos 7420 SM-G920F
Samsung Galaxy S7 Exynos 8890 SM-G930L
Samsung Galaxy S7 Snapdragon 820 SM-G930A
Samsung Galaxy S8 Exynos 8895 SM-G950N
Samsung Galaxy S8 Snapdragon 835 SM-G950U
Samsung Galaxy S9 Exynos 9810 SM-G960F
Samsung Galaxy S9 Snapdragon 845 SM-G960U1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Exynos 9820 SM-G973F
Samsung Galaxy S10 Snapdragon 855 SM-G973U
Samsung Galaxy S20 Exynos 990 SM-G986B
Samsung Galaxy S20 Snapdragon 865 SM-G980F
Samsung Galaxy S21 Exynos 2100 SM-G991N
Samsung Galaxy S21 Snapdragon 888 SM-G9910
Samsung Galaxy S22 Exynos 2200 SM-S901B
Samsung Galaxy S22 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SM-S901E

Samsung Galaxy: Exynos devices

It is interesting to look at the progression of the company’s Exynos processors since the Galaxy S5. At that time, the Exynos 5422 is nowhere close. Whereas at present, the same call a powerhouse.  It has an insufficient score of 176 in single-core and a weak score of 322 in multi-core.

While the Samsung Galaxy S22 alongside its Exynos 2200 SoC bombasts a 10x improvement in multi-core speeds and a 6.4x improvement in single-core speeds. This is with respect to the actual Exynos 5422, the same power’s the Galaxy S5. Comparatively, that’s an appealing improvement but in the case of a single core, we don’t see an 8x improvement.

The hike from the Exynos 8895 to the 9810 records the biggest overall. This is specifically likely due to the switch from Exynos M2 cores to Exynos M3 cores. Also an upgraded shift from Cortex A53 cores to Cortex A55 respectively.

Samsung Galaxy: Snapdragon devices

Snapdragon is considered to be the cream of the crop in the world of Android. Similar to Exynos, its results also showcase its journey and how far Qualcomm has come over the years. This starts from a single and multi-core score of 156 and 445 respectively. It has been observing drastic leaps in both peaks with the Snaprgon 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 888.

On the other hand, in contrast to the Exynos chipsets, they never record any major jumps from one generation to the next. While it’s relatively a smooth and consistent improvement year by year.

Samsung Galaxy: Exynos and Snapdragon devices

For the wider context of how Snapdragon and Exynos compare across generations, it’s clear that they’ve always been close in performance. There is never a major digression in these chipsets’ capabilities, with differences usually boiling down to power consumption or real-world performance.

In contrast to the wider aspect of how Snapdragon and Exynos compare over generations. Where it is clearly visible that they have always been close in performance.

To conclude, these results show the neck-to-neck nature of the chipset performance race. Also depicts how both Qualcomm and Samsung align with each other. Apparently, Samsung appears to lag behind a little bit while it’s not too far behind Qualcomm in terms of its actual performance. On the other hand, there are many more aspects to measure a chipset performance, whereas Geekbench measures one sole aspect of a device.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra render

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