Galaxy S22+ benchmark scores are not what they seem
Although it’s hard to require them at face value, benchmark sightings, especially on Geekbench, have often become indirect data sources for upcoming phones and computers. They mostly reveal information about the device’s processor and RAM, but they could also hold clues about other specs. At the very least, they will give a thought of how powerful or weak an upcoming device could be. That seems to be the case with this Geekbench entry for what’s believed to be the Samsung Galaxy S22+, provided you’re taking the numbers with a grain of salt.
Although it doesn’t exactly call the device by its commercial name, the model number SM-S906B has long been considered the Galaxy S22+. Having only 8GB of RAM also puts it below what’s expected for an Ultra model, though the makeup of the CPU cores does match what’s expected for the Exynos 2200. The latter is confirmed by an entry that names the processor’s GPU as AMD’s.
Geekbench detected one core running at 2.59GHz, presumably the Cortex-X2, three cores at 2.50GHz probably like Cortex-A710 cores, and 4 at 1.73GHz Cortex-A510 cores. Working together, these cores yielded many 1073 and 3389 for single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. While great, those figures might sound a tad disappointing considering that they match the Snapdragon 888, not the upcoming Snapdragon 898.
It might be too easy to draw negative conclusions from those, but one factor touches the image. The benchmark notes that the test was run in “energy_aware” mode, about a power-saving state. In other words, the particular performance of the Galaxy S22+ with an Exynos 2200 chip could be even higher and might be ready to continue with Qualcomm’s next flagship mobile platform.
Unfortunately, Geekbench doesn’t do GPU benchmarks, so we can’t see how well the AMD GPU performs yet and whether it had been well worth the partnership with Samsung. Nevertheless, early GFXBench runs paint a mixed picture, one where the GPU fails to surpass what Apple are going to be revealing in but each day.