Over the 10 years of me giving invaluable tech opinions and countless ungrateful responses, I’ve almost always had the answer to every question thrown at me except one — why do Samsung phones start lagging after using them for some time?
To be honest, I didn’t believe it was possible for the recent Samsung flagships to lag given their powerful hardware and widely praised reviews. But my perspective changed when I used the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 myself.
Let’s jump into what I found out.
The triggering point for me to look into much more into depth about this topic was when I saw Linus Tech Tip’s review of the OnePlus 8 series. In the video, he mentions that his Android daily driver is still the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 which he got almost 2 years ago.
Now for a tech reviewer, I can’t emphasize how long that is. And it struck a different chord in my head when I was hit with the PTSD of my somewhat horrid experience with the same device after only 7-8 months of usage.
He then went on to mention that the Snapdragon 845 chip inside it was holding up really well.
And that’s when it hit me. It was finally all coming into place. My unit did not have a Snapdragon SoC in the first place. Instead, it housed a Samsung Exynos 9810. That the Exynos processor was slower than the Snapdragon was just my initial guess, so I decided to further deep dive into the matter by actually comparing the two processors objectively.
Here’s a quick benchmark comparison between the two processors:
Um, what? Am I seeing this right? Those were my exact first impressions. I was proven wrong yet again. So, wherever the problem lied, it wasn’t somewhere between the specs or the hardware.
Instead of looking for technical reasons, I began my search to see whether this pattern continued with other users and if they faced similar problems. This is where things began to move my way.
Almost every page, thread, and Reddit post I visited, I couldn’t find a single instance where the Exynos counterpart of the device was performing better than the Snapdragon ones, or even equivalent.
The longevity of the devices was significantly lower and there were a number of additional issues like poor battery life and charging speeds, extremely poor RAM management, low synchronization between the processor and the software, Occasional screen freeze issues, random app shutdowns and the list was endless.
Although the performance of the Exynos chipset was indeed somewhat comparable up until the Snapdragon 845, moving forward to today, various comparisons online show that the Snapdragon 865 completely blows Exynos 990 (Both found in the Samsung Galaxy S20 series) out of the water with regards to efficiency, thermals, and longevity.
Even Samsung decided to release the Snapdragon variant of the said device in their home country of South Korea by indirectly claiming that it provides a better overall experience.
This was somewhat humiliating to their chipset division as they weren’t even trusted by their own people in their very own homeland.
As shocking as it might seem, reports suggest that Samsung will continue with its ingenious Exynos chipsets for the Galaxy Note 20 series, and fans all around Asia and Europe are fuming over this decision.
Even after years of suffering and bearing the lower standards chips, Samsung fans were yet again disappointed and they have every right to be. By comparison, Apple and OnePlus phones always end up scoring much higher in benchmarks than any Samsung flagship of the said time.
Even if we move beyond benchmarks, the aforementioned counterparts always end up being a better option, be it cameras, user interface, or software-hardware integration.
In the end, if anyone from Samsung ever comes across this article, I request them from the bottom of my heart to incorporate only Snapdragon chipsets in their devices moving forward. It is crucial in retaining the top spot that Samsung enjoys in the industry and would help them shut critics up for good.