Not all smartphones are created equal. That much we know.
However, Samsung’s latest smartphones, under the Galaxy S20 series banner, are proving to be the masters of the game. At least as of this time of the year before we see what Huawei has in store and when benchmarks of perennial chart-topper Xiaomi Black Shark’s latest model brings, announced a couple of hours ago, appear.
According to Master Lu, a benchmarking platform just like AnTuTu and others but which boasts of being the only one that can stretch and test a device’s claimed AI superiority by taking its neural processing unit through its paces, the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 5G and Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G stood tall among their peers in February 2020.
Part of the reason the trio is dominating the benchmarks has to do with the Snapdragon 865 from Qualcomm that they pack in certain markets.
The successor to the Snapdragon 855+, the Snapdragon 865 chipset boasts of peak 5G performance of up to 7.5Gbps, support for desktop-level gaming, the first-ever updatable GPU drivers on mobile, an on-device AI engine that has twice the performance of its predecessor, a new image signal processor that can handle up to 2 gigapixels per second and which allows Samsung to push 8K video recording on its 2020 flagship devices and more.
On the said list, another device packing the Snapdragon 865 that made the top 10 is Xiaomi’s Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro smartphones at number 8 and number 5, respectively.
Other devices that are already packing the Snapdragon 865 chipset include the newly launched Xiaomi Black Shark 3, the recently-unveiled vivo APEX 2020 Concept Phone, the upcoming Oppo Find X2, the awkwardly-named Sony Xperia 1 ii (read as “mark 2”) that was launched the other day and several others. The list is set to get long as the year drags on.
Another Samsung device, the foldable Galaxy Z Flip, comes in at number 9 while another foldable smartphone, the Huawei Mate Xs which was unveiled the other day, rounds up the top 10 list.
Here is the list in full:
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (5G)
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus (5G)
- Samsung Galaxy S20
- Realme X50 Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
- iQOO 3
- ZTE Axon 10s Pro
- Xiaomi Mi 10
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
- Huawei Mate Xs