What is the Samsung Galaxy S23 chip worth in real terms? We tested the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

The first phone of the year equipped with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 passed through our hands. What will get a good idea of ​​what awaits us in terms of power in the flagships of 2023.

Do you know IQOO (to be pronounced as IQ, intelligence quotient in English)? Is it a sub-brand of the Vivo group founded in 2019 with a strong gaming identity whose smartphones are currently only released in China?

So why tell our French readers about it? Well, consider that one of their latest flagships, the IQOO 11, is now equipped with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. The Vivo France team has a copy and allowed us to spend an afternoon with the aircraft. Beyond its LTPO 4 screen or its photography-focused V2 chip, the phone mostly allows us to get a good idea of ​​the chip you’ll find in all high-end phones from 2023 as well which is also the Samsung Galaxy S23.

True, we have already launched benchmarks on a phone with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, but this is a reference design, that is, a phone developed by Qualcomm to serve as a reference and therefore optimized for small onions. IQOO 11 for its part is a commercial product that has already been sold. So we can consider that its performance is a reliable indicator of what we can expect from this chip in real conditions.

Results: the new Snapdragon beats the iPhone 14 Pro

Here are the results we got on AnTuTu 9 and 3D Mark’s Wild Life Extreme benchmark. We chose to compare three phones with three different high-end chips. The Asus Zenfone 9 with its Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, the Samsung Galaxy S22 with Exynos 2200 and the iPhone 14 Pro equipped with A16 Bionic.

Antutu 9 CPU score GPU score 3D Mark Wild Life Extreme
Iqoo 11 (Snapdragon 8 Gen 2) 1275995 261069 580811 3777 / 22.60FPS
iPhone 14 Pro 935522 250276 398452 3322 / 19.9 FPS
Asus Zenfone 9 1100078 265693 468956 2803 / 16.80FPS
Galaxy S22 830516 201509 351796 1800 / 10.80FPS

First observation, the new chip is on the front everywhere. We see that it is especially the GPU part where it stands out, because it gets almost 200,000 points more than the iPhone 14 Pro and more than 110,000 more than the Asus in the GPU part of AnTuTu 9 Logical that we found this lead in Wild Life , which measures graphics performance, with just over 2 FPS more (ie 10% increase) than the iPhone 14 Pro and 6 FPS more than Asus Zenfone 9 , an increase approaching 25%.

On the other hand, we can also refer to the fact that the power of the CPU has not changed much. In fact, the IQOO 11 is behind these two main competitors, by a few points, but still behind.

Good for Samsung

If you want to commit yourself to Samsung in 2023, there’s a lot to be excited about. In fact, the Galaxy S23 is expected to switch to a configuration with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. There, the gap with the Exynos 2200 is unparalleled. The score in Wild Life increases by 120% while the overall result in AnTuTu 9 increases by almost 53%. Note, however, that it is not impossible that every Galaxy S23 does not have the same power. In fact, Samsung is expected to give its basic S23 simple sheets of graphite, while the S23 Plus is expected to have a heat pipe system and the S23 Ultra can rely on the best of the three systems, a vapor chamber.

Speaking of cooling, let’s add that the IQOO 11 is pretty impressive at this point. After two hours of chaining benchmarks and games of Genshin effect, he remained coldly cold. So of course, this could be a sign of a chip that manages heat better, but let’s moderate our enthusiasm.

On Genshin effect, find that the game runs fine on Maximum settings and 60 FPS stable. The fluidity and comfort are only at the same level as we know in the iPhone 14 Pro. A real deal. In addition, the phone heats up less than Apple.

The IQOO 11 includes a fairly advanced cooling system with a 4000mm² vapor chamber and a frame that should reduce the temperature inside the device by 2°C. Note that the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 was hit with major heating problems at the beginning of its marketing. This first grip gives us confidence about the future of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. The first tests will allow us to get to the bottom of it.


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