Exynos 8890 and Mali-T880 vs Snapdragon 820 and Adreno 530 – specs, benchmarks and temperatures


Not long ago we acquainted you with our review of LG G5, and this was the first device with Snapdragon 820 that we tested. Qualcomm’s high-end CPU can be found in several other leading devices and the new HTC 10 is one example. That is why we are interested to compare Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890, as the latter is used in Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge. This article juxtaposes their specs, benchmark results (determining GPU performance) and temperatures. If you are interested in the purchase of either device, you can click on the following links:
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

Specs sheet

QualcommSnapdragon 820
Process14 nm
Frequency1.6 – 2.15 GHz
ArchitectureKryo/ 64-bit support
GPUAdreno 530

SamsungExynos 8890
Process14 nm LPP
Frequency1.59 – 2.6 GHz
ArchitectureCortex-A53 + Exynos M1/ 64-bit support
GPUMali-T880MP12 @ 650MHz

Exynos 8890

Exynos 8890 is Samsung’s latest mobile CPU that can be found in Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. It has been manufactured through a 14 nm FinFET technological process and features four Cortex-A53 cores, ticking at 1.59 GHz, plus two other considerably more powerful Exynos M1 cores whose frequency can reach up to 2.6 GHz. According to Samsung, Exynos 8890 provides up to 30% higher performance and up to 10% better energy efficiency, when compared to its predecessor – Exynos 7 Octa 7420. The current chip supports LTE Cat 12/13 with download speed up to 600 Mbps (Cat 12), and upload speed up to 150 Mbps (Cat 13). Additionally, there is an integrated Mali-T880MP12 GPU.

You can find more useful information about Exynos 8890 on Samsung’s official website:

Snapdragon 820

Snapdragon 820 is Qualcomm’s top-notch CPU for 2016. It is a 64-bit 14 nm mobile CPU. According to the manufacturer, CPU performance is twice as high as that of Snapdragon 810. Also, the chip features four Kryo cores – two ticking at 2.15 GHz and other two – at 1.6 GHz. Furthermore, there is an update of the GPU – the new Adreno 530 brings 40% better GPU performance (when compared to Adreno 430). Snapdragon 820 also boasts LTE Cat 12/13 support with download speed up to 600 Mbps (Cat 12), and upload speed up to 150 Mbps (Cat 13). This is 33% better than Snapdragon 810. Additionally, the specs are supplemented by Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11ac 2×2 MU-MIMO, support of 4K screens, up to 25MP cameras and 4K video recording. Also available are Quick Charge™ 3.0 and WiPower for quick and wireless charging.

You can find more useful information about Snapdragon 820 on Qualcomm’s official website:

Benchmark results

We compared the two models in 8 benchmark tests in which we checked CPU (first 4 tests) and GPU (the latter 4 tests) performance. The table below displays the results.

BenchmarksSnapdragon 820Exynos 8890
Geekbench 3 (Multi-Core)39955303
Vellamo 2 Metal23012243
Vellamo 3 Metal35343558
Pi – 10 mil. (lower is better)32.74414.370
GFXBench 2.7 T-Rex (offscreen)7485
GFXBench 3 Manhattan (offscreen)3840
GFXBench 3.1 Manhattan (offscreen)2828
3D Mark Ice Unlimited2954029245


Apart from performance, we also tested the two chips for potential overheating issues with the help of the Epic Citadel app. The latter allows us to simulate several hours of gaming. No overheating was observed in either of the phones. However, Galaxy S7 Edge and its Exynos 8890 made a good impression because the smartphone remained really cool even after continuous workload. The two images below present the temperatures we measured in three different sections of the two phones.



If you are interested in the purchase of either device, you can click on the following links:
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

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Mark Burley
7 years ago

Sad to say you must be a shill ran several gpu tests on my exynos s7 my mi5 handed it its ass. Not bothered though the cpu side makes the s7 very snappy and the camera and screen are excellent.

7 years ago
Reply to  Mark Burley

Hey I plan to take mi5 3/64gb version, any advice on that?

Gear Mike
7 years ago

Thanks for the comparison