Wednesday, Feb 23, 2022, 14:11 iOS: Hardware

Is the iPhone 13 Faster Than The The New Samsung Galaxy S22? New Tests Reveal The Answer

Last week, Samsung showed off the next generation of the high-end "Galaxy" smartphone line. The new S22 exists in 3 iterations, the standard "S22" (6.1"), the "S22+" (6.6"), and the "S22 Ultra" (6.8" + stylus). In Europe, Samsung is delivering devices with the Exynos-2200 processor, whereas The United States' version gets a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip from Qualcomm. A model with the Qualcomm SOC (system on a chip) already popped up in the PCMag.com laboratory, where it has been tested against the iPhone 13.

The Snapdragon 8
In comparison to last year's model, the new Snapdragon SOC is considerably more powerful. Single-core performance has seen an improvement of 13 percent, whilst multi-core performance values increased by 9 percent. The new chip's graphical performance is also 20 percent better. Samsung's newest smartphone thus trumps the recently released Google Pixel 6 with Google's new "Google Tensor" chip. However, both are still vastly inferior to Apple's A-processors.

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GeekBench 5 Results
In the GeekBench 5 benchmark test, the iPhone 13 Pro Max manages 1,735 points in the single-core category whereas the Samsung Galaxy S22 gets only 1,232. When it comes to the machine learning category where the iPhone earns 948 points, the iPhone chip's neural engine is especially helpful and the device performs more than 2 times as fast as the S22 Ultra, which received only 448 points. The S22 Ultra can't even keep up with the iPhone in multi-core tests, even with the Snapdragon's 8 processor cores in comparison to the A15's 6.

Overheating Problems With The Galaxy?
PCMag reported that the Galaxy S22 Ultra became hot very quickly during the tests and during renewed testing, it earned far fewer points. One program by the name of "CPU Throttling Test" – which is only for Android, confirmed the suspicion:



The app showed that the S22 Ultra's performance was throttled by 75% after only 15 minutes in order to prevent too much heat development. The results were also reproducible with the Galaxy S22 and S22+. It's not yet completely apparent whether the problem here is hardware or software based – however, it is apparent that the 1st generation Snapdragon 8 produces far too much heat to allow the device to run at max performance for that long.

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