Samsung Galaxy A9

At the time of the passage on the desk of colleagues from GSMArena of Samsung Galaxy A9, the first benchmark about Snapdragon 652, midrange SoC of Qualcomm that promises to dramatically raise the bar for performance within this range.

The benchmarks used are AnTuTu v6, Wales OS 2 (single and multi core) and GFXBench 3.1and devices being compared are almost all top of the line, Mate 8, 5 Notes, Nexus 6 p, LG V10and a medium end — Galaxy A5 2016. We leave you to images of the results of various tests, followed by the comments.

The benchmark studies demonstrate how already suggested earlier on the basis of the analysis of the specifications of the Snapdragon SoC 652: on average we are faced with a SoC can replace worthily the Snapdragon 808 used on some top of the range of 2015.Particularly interesting is the presence, in this comparison, of Galaxy A5 2016 and LG V10, the former as mid-range terminal as A9 and the second as a single device to use Snapdragon 808.

Snapdragon 652 gets 64591 points on AnTuTu, peaking just 3000 points below the result of V10 and well above 30,000 points to A5 2016. The single core results obtained on Wales OS 2.0 are slightly higher than the V10, while those in multi core are surprisingly high and exceed(by far) even those of Nexus 6 p that uses a Snapdragon 810.

The test chart of GFXBench 3.1, or Manhattan to 1080 p offscreen, shows us how the solution Adreno 510 is only marginally lower than the results of Adreno 418 and Mali-T880MP4, respectively used on LG V10 and Mate 8. According to GSMArena, the difference would be attributable exclusively to Qualcomm’s choice to adopt operating frequencies below about Adreno 510 and not be dictated by a real gap in performance with regard to the architecture.

I mean, ultimately Snapdragon 652 seems to have kept the initial promise and proves to be able to really represent a true generational leap regarding SoC midrange, even in light of the much-discussed 28nmproduction process. Sure, the adoption of a process to 20nm would surely have allowed us to be more daring with regard to frequencies of core Cortex-A72 and A53 on Snapdragon 652, however it is really hard to be disappointed by these findings.