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The Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ don't have much competition right now as they are the only two handsets right now with the latest Qualcomm (or Exynos) Snapdragon flagship chip inside. The LG G6 is probably its closest competitor yet, but the last-gen SD 821 chip makes the LG handset fall behind. However, that scene is about to change very soon as Xiaomi gets ready to launch their own flagship handsets next week in China, with the SD 835 inside. Rumors have been predicting the specs for the Chinese handset for a long time now, but some of it has just been confirmed by a leaked GeekBench test run result. Check the screenshot below and the specs over here to get a feel of things.



Unfortunately, there's currently no news regarding when Xiaomi is going to launch the mi 6 and the Mi 6 Plus outside China. Going by its track record though, it might be a few months before that happens. Nevertheless, what we have seen so far both in terms of specs and leaked pictures, do look very impressive. Hopefully, Xiaomi will be able to bring the two handsets in other countries myuch faster this time around.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Benchmark results may not always represent real world performance of a particular chip, but they are almost certainly the most popular competitive platforms for smartphone enthusiasts to test out which phone is in which position in the hierarchy. As things have turned out, we now have test results from a GeekBench run of the Galaxy S8. Before you start wondering about which version was tested, let us assure you that both versions were part of the run!



The Exynos 8895 is at the top with a single-core score of 1,978 and a multi-core score of 6,375. The Samsung chip has once again beaten the Qualcomm flagship chip of 2017, the Snapdragon 835. The SD 835 within the S8+, managed to score 1,929 and 6,084 on single-core and multi-core tests respectively. As you can see, both scores were marginally but prominently lower than the ones scored by the Exynos 8895. The Kirin 960 is also in the second place as it loses out to the SD 835 on the single core with a score of 1898, but beats the Qualcomm SoC in the multi-core test with a score of 6,112. Check the screenshot from reddit for more details.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



The official launch date might still be a few months away, but that has not stopped the upcoming Galaxy S9+ from showing up on the latest Geekbench benchmarking test. As you can tell from the screenshot included, the performance is quite remarkable as the upcoming flagship handset from Samsung managed to score 2422 on the single-core test and 8351 on the multi-core test. Both of these scores are the highest ever scored by any Samsung device. Aside from letting us know how powerful the Galaxy S9-series will be in 2018, it also gives us a clear idea about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip's computing powers. It would be quite interesting to see how Samsung's Exynos equivalent stands up to this chip.


In addition to showcasing power, this test result also managed to leak two other details about the Galaxy S9+. Firstly, it shows the model number of the handset as SM-G965 and secondly, we can see that the test was done while the handset was running Android 8.0 Oreo. We will find out more before the MWC 2018 arrives in February.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Let's get this out of the way first; the iPhone 7 has scored significantly more on AnTuTu than any other Android smartphone in existence till date. The 178,397 points that it scored according to a recent report is just off the charts. However, the new Apple A10 chip did have fewer pixels to push than any of the flagship Android handsets on the list as the iPhone 7 only sports a resolution of 750 × 1334. In spite of that, it is currently the reigning king sitting on top of the list (unofficially for now).



That being said, Chinese handsets from manufacturers like Xiaomi, Vivo, LeEco, Nubia, Lenovo and of course, OnePlus are on top of the AnTuTu score chart when it comes to Android devices. The much loved OnePlus 3 leads the table for now with a score of 140288, followed by the Vivo Xplay 5 Elte (138,706), the LeEco LeMax 2 (138,026), the Nubia Z11 (137,685), the Lenovo Zuk Z2 pro (136,853) and the Xiaomi Mi5 (136,773).


It is a bit surprising to see the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge trail so far behind at the number 7 spot in 2016, because the S6 was leading the pack last year convincingly at one point. Since these Chinese smartphones are a lot cheaper than the ones made by Samsung, in spite of being manufactured with quality hardware, are we witnessing the slow rise of new leaders in the smartphone industry?


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



In a somewhat dismal presentation where certain features of the iPhone X failed on camera, Apple finally revealed the much awaited iPhone X to the world on September 12. While the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were also launched on the same day, it would be cruel but safe to say that nobody really cares about them that much in light of the iPhone X. While the new poster boy for Apple is full of controversial and downright bizarre design choices, there is no doubt that when it comes to raw power, it's a beast and now we will take a look at the Geekbench scores revealed to us by ValueWalk to see just how powerful it really is in comparison to the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8.



As you can see from the screenshot above, the iPhone X absolutely mops the floor with the S8 and the Note 8 in both single core and multi-core performance. Granted that the real world difference in performance will hardly be noticeable by users, it doesn't take away from the fact that the A11 chip is way ahead of anything that Samsung, Qualcomm or any other Android chip manufacturer might have up their sleeves anytime soon!


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