The Galaxy S8, with all its new features, is shining in the news right now as one of the best phones of the year. However, users in the US may be at a disadvantage to those overseas, as it seems that the Snapdragon 835-powered S8 models underperform variants with Exynos processors in almost every category.
For the last few release cycles, Samsung has been using its own Exynos CPUs in most variants of the Galaxy S series. But because of issues related to the CDMA technology used by Verizon and Sprint, all US models of Samsung's flagships come equipped with one of Qualcomm's Snapdragon chips, which have had a few hiccups in recent years.
GSMArena ran a series of benchmarks on the two models yesterday and the prognosis isn't good for Snapdragon chips. The Exynos variants of the Galaxy S8 outpaced their Snapdragon counterparts in almost every performance-related category. The Snapdragon S8 was even outperformed by older smartphones in certain tests, including the Huawei Mate 9 and, in one case, the Galaxy S7 Edge.
But the bad news doesn't stop there for US-based Galaxy fans. Phone Arena ran another test to see how the two variants performed when it came to battery life, and the Snapdragon-powered variant lost again. In their endurance test, Phone Arena found that the Exynos S8 lasted a full 8 hours and 22 minutes, while the Snapdragon model only lasted 7 hours and 30 minutes — that's more than a 10% difference.
This will likely displease US Samsung fans that are waiting for their S8s. Not only are other parts of the world getting the same phone, they're getting a better version of it in almost every regard.