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Early Galaxy S10 Lite benchmarks are nowhere close to matching Apple’s iPhone XR

Published Jan 8th, 2019 12:45PM EST
Galaxy S10 Lite specs
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One of the prevailing story lines that we’ve been covering in depth over the past several weeks has been the array of smartphones Samsung is expected to launch in just a few weeks. The cheapest of those — referred to as the Galaxy S10 Lite in leaks — should, in theory, compete with Apple’s iPhone XR. But a benchmark that popped up online this week seems to suggest that the S10 Lite will struggle to come close to its rival.

Spotted by GalaxyClub on Tuesday, the benchmark for a phone with model number SM-G970U (supposedly the S10 Lite) offers up multiple revelations about the highly anticipated device. First and foremost, it seems to confirm that the S10 Lite will ship with a Snapdragon 855 processor on board. Second, Samsung looks to be including 6GB of RAM on this “budget” phone — double what the XR offers. But that’s just part of the story.

As compelling as those specifications appear, the actual Geekbench scores (single-core and multi-core) tell a different story. This is where it’s worth noting that early benchmarks aren’t necessarily accurate, and could very well be a result of unoptimized software, hardware, and other factors, but a single-core score of 1986 and a multi-core score of 6266 would be incredibly disappointing. To put those results into perspective, the iPhone XR scored 4795 and 11213, respectively. Furthermore, previous scores for the Snapdragon 855 came in at 3332 and 10941.

With Samsung expected to unveil its next smartphone line in February, it’s a little too close for comfort in terms of how close these benchmarks are appearing relative to when the phones will actually launch. Still, if the benchmark is legit (save for the scores), an upgraded processor and extra RAM bode well for the S10 Lite.

In addition to a Snapdragon 855 and 6GB of RAM, the S10 Lite is also said to feature a flat display, 128GB of storage, a dual rear camera, and 3100 mAh battery. It will be joined by at least three other S10 phones: the Galaxy S10 edge, Galaxy S10+, and one or two 5G smartphones.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.

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