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Samsung Galaxy S10e Exynos vs Snapdragon




Samsung Galaxy S10e (Exynos), Samsung Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon)

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Luis Silva (July 2020, updated: February 2021)

Introduction

Today we're not comparing distinct smartphones. Instead, we're analyzing the differences between two versions of the same device: The Exynos 9820 and the Snapdragon 855 versions of the Samsung Galaxy S10e. Not that long ago, Samsung opted to produce its own chipset, when Snapdragon released the rushed to market 810 SoC. Back then, the Exynos 7420 actually outperformed the 810's chipset. Fast-forwarding to modern times, now it's the Snapdragon 855 that has the edge, and it gets worse if we consider the S20 lineup. With that being said, we're here to talk about these two versions. Both devices were released in 2019, March. The U.S market got the Snapdragon version, while the home-made Exynos are being sold in Asia and Europe.

Look out for a "Tek-Score" in every section of this article. For a quicker analysis of how far they are from each other, we'll consider all their specifications. There's also a global rate for you to compare them to other phones if you aren't sure about these two.

This score is consumer-based from research done by Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones.

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Price* vs.
Device Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon)
Release Date 2019, March 2019, March 0y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


Performance

So, just like we stated, one of the S10e's has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, while the other one has the stated Exynos 9820 chipset. The 855 has an Adreno 640, and the 9820 has the Mali-G76 MP12 GPU. Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 rates the Snapdragon version about 17% ahead of the Exynos on the multi-core rankings, while it ranks about 8% below on the single core. While there are only a few apps that benefit from the extra cores, the OS itself takes care of managing the remaining cores. Both were released with the Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI OS.


Performance* vs.
Features Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon)
SoC Exynos 9820 Snapdragon 855
Graphics Mali-G76 MP12 Adreno 640
Geekbench 5 Score 2077 2454 377
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
5.5
6.1
0.6

*Reference: Apple iPhone 12.


Display

Samsung Galaxy S10e (Exynos) front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon) front transparent png

Both phones feature an AMOLED 5.8-inch display and an identical resolution of 1080x2280 pixels. So, there's nothing special here. Both devices are shielded with the older Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. If you're seeking for the Always-On-Display feature, it's confirmed, and it's here on these two.


Display Density (DPIs)* vs.
Features Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon)
Size 5.8 5.8 0.0
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2280 1080x2280 0
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 434.98 434.98 0.00
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Hole Hole
Peak Brightness 803 nits 803 nits 0
HDR HDR10+ HDR10+
Sub Tek-Score
8.6
8.6
0.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
6.6
6.6
0.0

*Reference: Sony Xperia 1.


Cameras

Samsung Galaxy S10e (Exynos) back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon) back transparent png

And what about their cameras? Some people are saying (Youtube) that the Exynos version has its in-house sensor, whereas the Snapdragon has a Sony sensor. As far as I know, they have the same specs, as both can record videos at up to 2160p, just like they feature a shooter with 12 MP, an aperture of f/1.5, a 26 mm wide lens, one flash LED, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization. They also pack a secondary 16 MP camera, with f/2.2 of aperture, and a 12 mm wide-angle lens. You can also find the typical S10 series dual aperture shooter that allows you to choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4. You'll also get a 10 MP selfies shooter, with an aperture of f/1.9, and a 26 mm wide lens. I guess DxOMark gurus skipped this device, but I'm sure if they would've reviewed it, they'd give it about 113* points. If you add its wide-angle lens, you'll end up with a score of 119**. *DxOMark is a well-known market reference when it comes to camera benchmarking. Unfortunately, there are lots of good cameras left out of their labs. So, when I get my hands on one of them, I score every camera specifications (like brand, sensor size, lenses, and so on) to get a comparable global score. **This rate really needs improvement, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens, because they changed their protocol, and I need more reviewed devices to fine-tune older scores.


Picture Quality* vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon)
Megapixels 12 12 0
Aperture 1.5 1.5 0.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS Yes Yes
Video 2160 2160 0
Score 119 119 0

*Reference: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon) vs.
Megapixels 16 16 0
Aperture 2.2 2.2 0.0
Lens 12mm 12mm 0
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Score 6 6 0

Selfie Camera Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon) vs.
Megapixels 10 10 0
Aperture 1.9 1.9 0.0
Lens 26mm 26mm 0

Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon) vs.
Tek-Score
7.0
7.0
0.0

Body

At least both feature the same height: 142 mm (5.59 inches), just like the same width: 69 mm (2.72 inches), and the identical 7 mm (0.28 inches) of depth. So they end up sharing their weight: 150 g. (5.29 oz) and their attractive full glass body. If you don't fancy the traditional black or white color options, you can choose between Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Prism Blue, Canary Yellow, and Flamingo Pink. Both feature a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.


Looks* vs.
Body Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon)
Size 142 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.01 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
142 x 69 x 7 mm
(5.01 x 2.43 x 0.25 in)
0
Weight 150 g. (5.29 oz) 150 g. (5.29 oz) 0
Build Front and back glass Front and back glass
Colors Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, and Prism Blue Prism White, Prism Green, Prism Black, Flamingo Pink, Canary Yellow, and Prism Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 85.70% 85.70% 0.00
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.8 7.8 0.0
Looks 9.7/10 9.7/10 0.0
Waterproof IP68 IP68
Biometrics Side-mounted Fingerprint Side-mounted Fingerprint
Tek-Score
9.2
9.2
0.0

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Battery

Now when it comes to battery life, things aren't exactly what you'd expect, as the SoC does play a significant part when it comes to power consumption. What that means is that despite having the same 3100 mAh battery, they just don't behave identically. This is asking for a thorough test after a full charge. And this is how the Exynos comes out of it:

  • If you do 1h of talking, 1h of web browsing, and 1h of video playback, you'll be at 79% of battery charge.
  • After 1h of talking, 3h of web browsing, and 1h of video playback, you'll get 61% left for the rest of the day.
  • After 1h of talking, 1h of web browsing, and 3h of video playback, you'll have to manage with 65% to spend on other things.
And this is how the Snapdragon fares:
  • After 1h of talking, 1h of web browsing, and 1h of video playback, you're left with 82% of battery charge.
  • After 1h of talking, 3h of web browsing, and 1h of video playback, you'll have 66% left for doing other things.
  • If you do 1h of talking, 1h of web browsing, and 3h of video playback, you'll end up with 70% of battery charge.
So that's another reason for the Galaxy S10 with the Snapdragon chipset to have so many fans and why the Exynos version is deprecated by many. Overall, you'll get around 15% of additional screen-on time with the 855 version. When it comes to fast-charging, you get the traditional 15w wired and an additional 10w over the usual 5w for the wireless charging. You can also wirelessly reverse-charge any compatible device from these smartphones. How cool?


Battery* vs.
Features Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon)
Capacity (mAh) 3100 3100 0
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 79% left 82% left 3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 61% left 66% left 5
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 65% left 70% left 5
Bat. To Phone Size Score 7.7 8.5 0.8
Sub Tek-Score
6.8
7.3
0.4
Fast Charging 15w 15w 0
Wireless Charging 15w 15w 0
Reverse Charging 9w 9w 0
Tek-Score
6.8
7.2
0.4

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy A31.


Storage

Both versions are packed with 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. You can also add a MicroSD card to expand that storage. At least, they share the same gigabytes, but I don't actually know anything about speeds, though.


Storage* vs.
Features Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon)
RAM (GB) 6GB 6GB 0
Internal (GB) 128GB 128GB 0
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
7.5
0.0

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).


Connectivity

When it comes to connectivity, both Galaxys have Bluetooth 5.0. As for the NFC chips, both have them. The 3.5mm headphone jack is here to stay, at least for these two.


Connectivity vs.
Features Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon)
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
NFC Yes Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
9.5
9.5
0.0

Price

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon) VS
Amazon 1.39 - -
eBay 0.99 1.81 0.82
Best Buy - - -
Wallmart - 1.93 -

And this is the "The Best Smartphones On A Budget" list.


Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

Although it's perfectly reasonable to question the major differences between these two, the main goal of this comparison is to include both versions on our popular top 10 lists. Since our articles are focused on the Exynos version, at least now there's some kind of reference. Since both Gsmarena and Dxomark* went for the Exynos version, it makes perfect sense to use that version too, when comparing to other devices. While the Snapdragon numbers should be fairly accurate, I just added the mentioned 15% to the browsing and video scenarios and, if confirmed, the camera having two different sensors may indeed produce different results. Like I've said: This is for reference purposes only. *Dxomark didn't actually review this camera, but the input parameters of our in-house formula are from the S10/S10+ Exynos version. And how do I know if it's really that version? Actually, I don't because they don't say so, but being them headquartered in France, one can only presume they got the European version. Anyways, the Snapdragon version should work just fine on European networks, but you'll lose the product warranty if you import it from the US.


Pros Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon)
#1 AMOLED Performance
#2 Always-On-Display AMOLED
#3 Cameras Always-On-Display
#4 Fast Charging Cameras
#5 Wireless Charging Fast Charging
#6 MicroSD Slot Wireless Charging
#7 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#8 3.5mm Jack

Cons Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon)

Relative Score* vs.
Global Score Galaxy S10e (Exynos) Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon)
Gaming Score
6.5
6.7
0.2
Tek-Score
7.04
7.22
0.18

*Reference: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


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Tek-Score explained

Every spec has it's own weigh on the global score.

Feature: Value
Battery Life: 1.28
Fast Charging: 0.31
Wireless Charging: 0.19
Reverse Charging: 0.08
Storage: 1.97
Performance: 1.86
Camera: 1.35
Glass protection: 1.08
Weight: 0.35
Waterproof: 0.35
AMOLED: 0.04
Always-On-Display: 0.31
DPI: 0.12
Refresh Rate: 0.04
Nits: 0.04
Notch: 0.04
Bluetooth: 0.08
NFC: 0.12
3.5mm jack: 0.19
Looks: 0.23
Total: 10

But there are a few things that I don't consider, like price, brand value, size, resell value, OS (iOS or Android), user experience, updates, RAM (included on performance), battery to phone size, display size to weight, and biometrics.

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Progress bars explained





#1: A big red progress bar means that this value is way below the average. In this case, it's 28.85MP, and the iPhone XR is 16.85MP below the average.

#2: In this example, the XR is just 0.36mm below the average, that's why the red bar is almost unnoticeable.

#3: On the other hand, the SE 2 is 1.8mm above (hence, the green bar) the 26.2mm of average.

#4: Performance-wise, the SE 2 is well above the average (of 2512) for its price range. That's the reason the green bar is that long.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained



This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained



This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on any of the usual stores.

 Samsung Galaxy S10e (Exynos) 
  • Apple


    iPhone 8
    $370

  • OnePlus


    7
    $388

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 8
    $424

  • Apple


    iPhone 8 Plus
    $390

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e
    $399

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10
    $499

  • Apple


    iPhone XS
    $410

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Plus
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e SD
    $399

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ EX
    $499

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10+ SD
    $493

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 EX
    $429

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 SD
    $499

  • OnePlus


    7T
    $399

  • OnePlus


    7 Pro
    $429

  • Huawei


    P30
    $400

  • Google


    Pixel 4
    $429

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 9
    $400

  • Apple


    iPhone SE 2
    $439

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Lite
    $470

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10 Lite
    $389

  • OnePlus


    Nord
    $380

  • Google


    Pixel 4a
    $350

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10T Pro
    $480

  • Samsung


    Galaxy M51
    $396

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Lite
    $399

 Samsung Galaxy S10e (Snapdragon) 
  • Apple


    iPhone 8
    $370

  • Apple


    iPhone XR
    $325

  • OnePlus


    7
    $388

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 8
    $424

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10+
    $334

  • Apple


    iPhone 8 Plus
    $390

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 9
    $334

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e
    $399

  • Apple


    iPhone XS
    $410

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10e EX
    $428

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 EX
    $429

  • OnePlus


    7T
    $399

  • OnePlus


    7 Pro
    $429

  • Huawei


    P30
    $400

  • Google


    Pixel 4
    $429

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 9
    $400

  • Apple


    iPhone SE 2
    $439

  • Samsung


    Galaxy S10 Lite
    $470

  • Samsung


    Galaxy Note 10 Lite
    $389

  • OnePlus


    Nord
    $380

  • Google


    Pixel 4a
    $350

  • Samsung


    Galaxy M51
    $396

  • Xiaomi


    Mi 10 Lite
    $399

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Battery results


The battery score is based on Gsmarena's endurance rating and is taken with a screen brightness of 200 nits and a refresh rate of 60hz.

Assumptions: The display is off during a call, there's a web page refresh every 10 seconds, and the video playback is in Airplane mode.

You can click here for more information.

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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mid-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they didn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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Nits


With regards to AMOLED screens, sometimes OEMs claim higher maximum brightness. That's because an AMOLED screen can push its brightness progressively higher as its white area gets smaller.

These values are from the lab tests made by GSMArena, and their white test pattern takes up 75% of the physical size of the screen.

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About GeekBench 5



This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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