The progression of the technology which drives the cellular phone industry is advancing so quickly that the newest and fastest devices have hardly had the time to enjoy the status as “the next big thing” before being eclipsed by the news of the next “next big thing.” Apple’s November release of the iPhone X speaks to this trend. Owners of the newest phone from Apple barely had time to unpack their most recent devices when news about Samsung’s Galaxy S9 grabbed the spotlight. And so, begins a new battle for supremacy between the tech giants.
Since a device’s speed is always an important consideration, comparing the Samsung S9 to the iPhone X is a given. Because the Samsung Galaxy S9 is not available for a direct comparison, a closer look at Samsung’s current offering, the S8, and a bit of logical inference are necessary to predict its performance, especially as compared to the Apple iPhone X.
APPLE IPHONE X
Apple’s anniversary design has arrived on the scene with the typical amount of hype that surrounds a new iPhone release. In addition to a myriad of features and exclusive abilities, the iPhone X comes equipped with an A-10 Fusion 16-nanometer chip. Apple has enjoyed good reviews because of the A-series chips, and the A-10 is no exception.
In trials against the competition, the iPhone X soundly defeated all Androids. The only negative points were the iPhone X coming in second during a few trials to the iPhone 7 and Note 8. The manufacturer of the A-10 Fusion chip, TSMC, indicates that it will look towards the production of a 7-nanometer chip for future generations of iPhones. For the time being, the A-10 Fusion 16-nanometer chip is the fastest of the new line of devices. This surprised many especially when the iPhone X is compared with the latest from Samsung, the Galaxy S8.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S8
As the newest cellular device from Samsung, many expectations fell on the Samsung Galaxy S8. The company banked on a warm reception for the S8, especially in light of how the Samsung Galaxy S7 created a world of bad press for the company.
The latest device from Samsung did not disappoint. The Galaxy S8 is the first device to arrive on shelves with a 10-nanometer processor. The processor is cutting edge and responds in the smooth and ultra-fast way one would expect a top of the line product to respond. In addition to the 10nm chip, Samsung loaded a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile processor as well as the Exynos 8995. This is an ARM (Advanced Reduced instruction set computing [RISC] Machine) based System-on-Chips. By combining these state of the art elements, Samsung expected the Galaxy S8 to outpace the iPhone X easily. Because the latest and greatest Samsung had to offer fell behind the iPhone X in speed trials, the company turned its attention to developing a chip that could out-perform Apple’s, iPhone X.
On October 18, 2017, Samsung announced that the 8-nanometer process technology, 8LPP (Low Power Plus) is clear for production, completing trials a full three months ahead of schedule. As expected, the announcement sent ripples through the tech industry due to the revolutionary nature of the 8LPP processing.
The 8-nanometer process tech is groundbreaking for several reasons.
- Provides an estimated 10% lower power usage
- Reduces area consumed because of a finer metal pitch
- Promptly increases the level of stable yield
- Builds on the process technology of the 10-nanometer chip
- Production will rise quickly because the groundwork is in place from the 10-nanometer chip
- In addition to usefulness in cellular technology, the 8LPP will create advances in other tech areas such as network-server and crypto currency.
It appears safe to believe that Samsung plans to equip the Galaxy S9 with the 8-nanometer technology. At the same time rumors abound regarding the notion that Samsung has begun work on 7-nanometer technology. Adding a 7-nanometer processor would be a bold move that could easily backfire or take off depending on performance and acceptance.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S9
While the company is not sharing many details or specifics about the newest Galaxy, a few details are available. There is talk of 4K display resolution which will support virtual reality, an always-on, curved, bezel-less screen, and an improved battery with a processor that controls battery power consumption. The most important details regarding the speed of the Galaxy S9 are not public knowledge as of yet. Because of all of the unknown factors, some projections based on what Samsung already rolled out in the Galaxy S8 and other confirmed details are necessary to get a clearer picture of the S9.
It is safe to predict that the Samsung Galaxy S9 will come with the most recent chipset that is available. This advanced technology most likely would be a Snapdragon 845 produced by Qualcomm. It also stands to reason that if Samsung is currently building the 8-nanometer chip and working towards perfecting the 7-nanometer chip, then the Galaxy S9 cell phones could contain both chips. Initially, outfitted with the 8-nanometer chip, the S9 devices would be upgraded to the 7-nanometer chips as soon as they are fully operational.
Based on current knowledge about the iPhone X and the projections regarding the Samsung Galaxy S9, it is reasonable to believe that the Galaxy S9 will be faster than Apple’s iPhone X.
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