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Following last week's introduction of the Samsung Galaxy S4, Primate Labs has analyzed Geekbench 2 scores for the phone, comparing it to a number of other smartphones including the iPhone 5.

The analysis shows the new Samsung flagship is significantly faster than competing phones including the HTC One, and its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy S3. However, the S3 also benchmarked faster than the iPhone 5.

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From John Poole's analysis:
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is twice as fast as the Samsung Galaxy S 3. Given that the Samsung Galaxy S 3 is less than a year old, that's a remarkable achievement. I am amazed at how quickly smartphone technology is improving.

The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is also twice as fast as the Apple iPhone 5. Apple has improved performance dramatically in the past (there was 2.5x increase in performance from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5). Will they be able to make a similar improvement for the next iPhone?
Though the iPhone does benchmark somewhat slower than its competitors, Apple's close integration of software and hardware leads to significant performance gains that Android phones can't easily replicate.

Article Link: Samsung Galaxy S 4 Benchmarks Nearly Twice as Fast as iPhone 5
 

Maschil

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im an android user but who cares.... it should be faster as it was just released... the iphone 5 is what 7 months old now?
 

Born Again

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Amazing

And this is coming from a long time iPhone loyalist!

Apple please don't release an iPhone 5S

We want innovation not iteration !
 

Risco

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Android is a far less optimised system, it needs the faster CPU to give the same fluid user experience that iOS gives. Don't read too much in to it folks.
 

chuckd83

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"Though the iPhone does benchmark somewhat slower than its competitors, Apple's close integration of software and hardware leads to significant performance gains that Android phones can't easily replicate."

Always look at the bright side of your life. :D:
 

chaos86

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Android is a far less optimised system, it needs the faster CPU to give the same fluid user experience that iOS gives. Don't read too much in to it folks.

As a developer, I can back this up. I made a web game that ran smoothly on an iPhone 4, averaging about 30fps, great on an iPhone 5 at 60fps, and like crap on the FOUR core Galaxy S3, at about 20fps.

Don't even get me started on the fact that I had to support Android all the way back to 2.3.3, and the Android Browser which has been modified by the various hardware makers (HTC, Samsung, etc) to break a few web standards we needed. I can't wait for the day when the whole world is on a late version of Chrome.
 

Dranix

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Please compare the number of cores - The s4 is roughly double the speed of the iPhone5: It only needs double the cores and each core runs 600MHz faster.

Am I the only one loling at this chip-design-fail?
 

aloshka

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Hopefully it will feel faster than iPhone. Everything android feels slow for some reason. I think no amount of processor power might fix that.
 

srxtr

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Wait a minute. Samsung Galaxy phone model from this year is faster than Apple's iPhone from last year?

WOW!
 

bommai

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H.265 support

I also read that the S4 has support for decoding H.265 video. While this is a brand new codec which is probably not even released yet, if the S4 can stream H.265 and decode in real time, it would be awesome because 1080p streams should take half the bandwidth as H.264.

I wonder when Netflix will support H.265.
 

samcraig

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"Though the iPhone does benchmark somewhat slower than its competitors, Apple's close integration of software and hardware leads to significant performance gains that Android phones can't easily replicate."


Oh, Jordan. The past doesn't always equal the present or future. Since you've never used an S4 - and who has - how can this statement hold any water. Time will tell whether or not this phone "bests" the iPhone with performance gains.
 

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Geekbench 2 is a multithreaded benchmark

Naturally the S IV and HTC One do well, because they have 4 cores. In real world tests you will never see performance that scales up nearly linearly across 4 cores, unless you are running a video rendering farm on your phone. That's why the S IV is only 9-18% faster than last year's iPhone 5 on the Sunspider and Octane benchmarks, and the HTC One is actually slower than the iPhone 5 on those two benchmarks.
 
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