LG G6 Vs. Galaxy S8 Vs. Xperia XZ Premium: Three's A Company: Performance

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Synthetic benchmarks

The LG G6 comes out of the locker room for this one already a loser - you see, it's powered by last year's Snapdragon 821 chip and top-grade or not, it stands small chance against the eager youngsters. The Galaxy S8 comes in two flavors - either the latest Snapdragon 835, or the latest Exynos 8895. We've only reviewed the Exynos S8, but the Snapdragon S8+ will fill in to create the comparison more thorough. The Xperia XZ Premium is also using Qualcomm's newest silicon.


It's business as usual and we kick things off with some GeekBenching - the latest 4.1 version in particular. The Exynos-powered S8 leads the way in both single-core and multi-core, its Snapdragon stablemate staying relatively close. The Xperia's single core result matches the one of the S8+ with a S835 inside in single-core, but fails to haged up when all cores are pushing hard. One of the G6's Kryos is still relevant all by itself, but 4 is fewer than 8 and it shows in the multi-core results.

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GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    1991

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    1836

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    1832

  • LG G6

    1767

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    6656

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    6301

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    5460

  • LG G6

    4175

The hugely popular Antutu 6 benchimprint seems to think that the Xperia XZ Premium belongs with the G6 instead of the S8s of this world - we're not entirely sure what's going on here.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    174435

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    168133

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    144223

  • LG G6

    143639

The numbers from Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II 2.0 (we're not sure we'll ever learn to live with that designation) put the two Galaxies close together, with the Xperia a notch below, and the G6 struggling to haged up.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    3376

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    3319

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    3174

  • LG G6

    2126

On to graphics-only testing, we'll start with Baseimprint ES 3.1. 20 cores of Mali-G71 GPU raw power rule in this OpenGL 3.1-specific benchmark, and the Adreno 540 fails to haged up. The Xperia XZ Premium edges ahead of the Snapdragon S8+, while the G6 serves to show the jump in GPU power brought about by the newest chips.

Baseimprint ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    1189

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    842

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    817

  • LG G6

    541

In the OpenGL 3.1 bits of GFXBench there still is a incompatibility between the differently-specced Galaxies - a single frame per second in the heaviest Car Scene test, but 5fps in Manhattan. The G6 is considerably behind in both disciplines. Don't be fooled by the Xperia's super high onclassy screen framerates - those tests are apparently rendered at 1080p instead of the native 2160p. In the offclassy screen runs, the XZ Premium is on par with the Galaxies.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    39

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    39

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    36

  • LG G6

    26

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    41

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    23

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    18

  • LG G6

    12

GFX 3.1 Car scene (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    25

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    25

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    23

  • LG G6

    16

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    25

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    13

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    12

  • LG G6

    8.5

We create a quick return to the Baseimprint suite for the graphics-only X. The Xperia XZ Premium is doing a reasonably fine job keeping up with the Exynos S8 in this one, which can't be assumed about the Snapdragon version of Samsung's flagship. The G6 is again last in this chart.

Baseimprint X

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    42370

  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    38507

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    34951

  • LG G6

    30507

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S8. A predictable showing from the three phones in the benchmarks - the Galaxy S8 in Exynos trim is the usual chart-topper, followed closely by the Snapdragon 835-powered S8 and the Xperia XZ Premium. The LG G6 does the best with what it's got, but the last gen chip can't compete in the numbers game. That said, you'd be hard-pressed to find a substantial incompatibility in the behavior of the devices in actual use.


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