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Leaked benchmarks for the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus have shown iPhone 14-beating power

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According to leaked benchmarks, the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus may finally outperform the iPhone.

Thanks to freshly discovered benchmarks for the phone, which were lying in plain sight on the Geekbench site, we now have a solid sense of the Samsung Galaxy S23’s performance chops.

The allegedly erased Geekbench 5 result (via SamMobile(opens in new tab)) is for a Samsung phone with the model number SM-916U, which is thought to be the internal reference code for the Galaxy S23 Plus. Furthermore, the findings are identical to a previously discovered Geekbench entry reportedly for the regular Galaxy S23, making them appear more trustworthy.

However, there is a slight score discrepancy between the two. The possible S23 has a greater single-core score, while the supposed S23 Plus has a higher multi-core score. In Geekbench terms, the difference is insignificant.

Meanwhile, the S23 Plus still outperforms the iPhone 14, which is powered by Apple’s year-old A15 Bionic chipset, in the overall multi-core test. However, it lags behind the iPhone 14 Pro and its newer A16 Bionic CPU. The Google Pixel 7 Pro, the Galaxy S23’s main Android opponent, doesn’t have nearly as much power, but Google has been vocal about how it isn’t concerned with pure performance power with the Pixel series.

Single-coreMulti-core
Galaxy S23 Plus (alleged)1,4854,844
Galaxy S23 (alleged)1,5244,597
iPhone 141,7274,553
iPhone 14 Pro1,8915,469
Google Pixel 7 Pro1,0603,046

Another important takeaway from these results is that they appear to be taken with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 is expected to be the unannounced successor to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and 8 Plus Gen 1 CPUs that have powered the majority of Android phones this year. While it’s likely that Samsung could continue to use its own Exynos chips in select areas, there have been reports that the Galaxy S23 series will only employ Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon hardware.

This CPU, along with 8GB of RAM, is likely to appear in all three Galaxy S23 rumours, including the Galaxy S23 Ultra. However, based on earlier Ultra models,

A more expensive 12GB RAM model may also be available for even better performance.

The Galaxy S23 series should receive more than just performance improvements. The base and Plus models are expected to have a new design that matches the aesthetic of the Galaxy S22 Ultra and Galaxy S23 Ultra, as well as a new higher-resolution selfie camera.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra is also said to have a 200MP main camera for super-detailed photography as well as better night and low-light performance. In fact, owing to a Weibo leak, we may have seen our first demonstration of the 200MP camera.

We’ll know if these rumours, including the new benchmark findings, are real or not, ideally by the end of the first quarter of 2023 based on the Korean phone maker’s prior trends. However, other theories suggest that Samsung may debut the Galaxy S23 sooner than normal, in mid-January.

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