1. m0sher's Avatar
    First time poster. Im looking to move to a droid for the first time. I’m a bit of a spec nerd and kind of put off that the Snapdragon 845 in the US will be slower than International Exynos 9810 shipped in the new Galaxy 9.

    I’ve been an Apple phone owner and almost converted with the Galaxy 8 but have stayed stagnant with a 6S because nothing has been appealing on either side until the new Galaxy 9. I’ve been sporting an iGoogle phone pretty much for the past year and ready to convert since Galaxy 8 with contacts, notes, calander, maps, photos and docs but I wasn’t thrilled in the snapdragon 835.

    I feel I’m getting the raw end of the deal and the REAL good phones are only the international ones.

    I feel specs the 845 is comparable to the speed of an A9 at best.

    My other option is a iX and I’m not thrilled with a notch in the screen, hidden battery indicator and having to pick up the phone to wake, and I want to keep my 3.5mm headphone jacks. Hence why I’m stuck in 6S.

    Is the difference that much on the CPU side? Is the GPU of the 845 at least faster than Samsung’s Exynos 9810?

    https://www.google.com/amp/bgr.com/2...ragon-845/amp/

    Side note : need mod to fix title add 9 please
    02-16-2018 01:56 AM
  2. chanchan05's Avatar
    Historically the Exynos chips have been better at nearly everything compared to snapdragons. Even battery consumption. The biggest problem is that Samsung ks prohibited by a 25yo contract to sell Exynos phones in North America.
    02-16-2018 02:13 PM
  3. m0sher's Avatar
    I was hoping to get an answer that in real world usage there would be barely any difference between apps speed opening up or daily use.

    I guess we will see when the two are benched side by side if Samsung throttled their chip to equal Qualcomm or not.

    I’m hoping 3 years from now I’m not regretting my phone speed. I intend to keep it 3 years and realize by then it may be too slow for me when compared to competition.

    I’m still committed to switching over. Anticipating March 16th.
    02-16-2018 10:47 PM
  4. chanchan05's Avatar
    I was hoping to get an answer that in real world usage there would be barely any difference between apps speed opening up or daily use.

    I guess we will see when the two are benched side by side if Samsung throttled their chip to equal Qualcomm or not.

    I’m hoping 3 years from now I’m not regretting my phone speed. I intend to keep it 3 years and realize by then it may be too slow for me when compared to competition.

    I’m still committed to switching over. Anticipating March 16th.
    I don't remember the results of the S8 Exynos vs Snapdragon, but I clearly remember that there was a huge difference in battery life and performance for the ones uses in S7. GSMArena review put the S7 Exynos at 11hrs better battery life than the S7 Snap, and in a performance test by Phonebuff had the S7 Snapdragon being a whole 40 seconds slower at completing the same app obstacle course as the S7 Exynos. I'll have to look at the S8 results if the differences decreased, but overall expecting the S9 Exynos to perform way similarly in comparison since it's Geekbench single core scores are twice that of the SD845.
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    02-16-2018 11:20 PM
  5. m0sher's Avatar
    Can I purchase an international S9+ from oversea and it be functional in the US?

    If so, if I buy direct from Samsung do they offer this option?
    02-16-2018 11:31 PM
  6. chanchan05's Avatar
    Can I purchase an international S9+ from oversea and it be functional in the US?

    If so, if I buy direct from Samsung do they offer this option?
    If you buy direct from Samsung they'll still give you the Snapdragon if you are in the US. They are not legally allowed to sell the Exynos variants in the US, and the rest of North America I think.

    You can buy overseas (i. e. Europe) and bring it back and it MIGHT work for TMobile, but I am not sure you'll get full LTE speeds due to possible differences in bands used. This can only be answered once the hardware for the international S9 is announced and you can compare antenna band frequencies available.

    Also another problem are US carriers themselves and the activation things they do. For example in my case I can buy an unlocked Samsung phone in UAE, take it to anywhere else not North America, and pop in a local SIM and it works. If I understand correctly you still have to have the phone activated with your carrier in the US. This poses a possible problem with receiving updates. You'll have better answers from someone else who has done this. I know some members of this forum do buy the Exynos versions and use it in the US.
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    02-17-2018 12:47 AM
  7. m0sher's Avatar
    Thank you for all your help. I’m not going to try that and will stick with the snapdragon.
    02-17-2018 05:33 AM
  8. justrowland's Avatar
    Any updates on this question now that real specs are released? Or we won't know until full release and testing? I'm still wondering if getting the International version with the Exynos is worth bringing back to US (I'm on Verizon, so I get I would need to do more research there...)
    02-26-2018 04:07 PM

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