Just a month ago, benchmarks for the Samsung Galaxy S4 surfaced and made it seem the stuff of dreams; now that the phone has been unveiled, it seems those dreams have come true, and the Galaxy S4 is set to take off at lightning processing speed.
SamMobile reports that it has performed benchmark tests on the GT-I9500 variant of the Galaxy S4 with the eight-core Exynos Octa 5 processor, and the results indeed suggest that the phone is a contender in overall performance, processing and memory.
The guys at SamMobile used two popular benchmarks, AnTuTu and Quadrant, and say they were “blown away” by the results, which dwarf various other 2013 flagship phones like the HTC One and the Sony XPERIA Z.
The Galaxy S4 scored a whopping 27,417 on AnTuTu, which was a lot more forgiving in its scoring of other devices, while the 12,726 the Galaxy S4 received on Quadrant suggests that the phone is at least two thirds more powerful than the second place ranked HTC One X.
On AnTuTu, the Galaxy S4 was put up against a number of its siblings, including the Galaxy S3, Galaxy S2, Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note 2, which systemically shows the improvement in each device. AnTuTu clocks the Galaxy S4’s processing speed in at 1.8 Ghz, a jump from the 1.6 Ghz that has been suggested for the Exynos Octa 5 processor.
On Quadrant the device was scored against a number of other brands. After the Galaxy S4, the HTC One X scores just over 5,000, after which the Asus Transformer Prime TF201 follows in third and the Motorola ATRIX 4G comes in fourth.
While many favor the GT-I9500 variant of the Galaxy S4 with the eight-core Exynos Octa 5 processor, the GT-I9505 variant with the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor has not done too shabby on benchmark tests either. Android Authority reports that the U.S. variant of the Galaxy S4 scored an impressive 25,900 on its AnTuTu benchmark, less than the international variant, but significantly more than other popular devices.
These post-unveiling benchmarks follow the Rightware Browsermark 2.0 browser benchmark test that was administered for a device being called the Samsung GT-I9500 in late February before the March 14 launch of the Galaxy S4.
That test ranked the Galaxy S4 at number one against such phones as LG Optimus G (second), HTC One (third), Sony Xperia Z (fourth); the device scored 2710 for Web browser speed and was hailed as “superior to 99 percent” of all other phones.
However, 99 percent is not quite perfect, and reports from Wednesday suggest the Galaxy S4 is just average by way of battery power. GSM Arena put the 2,600mAh battery in the Galaxy S4 through a series of tests during which the device was bested by the Motorola RAZR MAXX in terms of battery power used in talk time and video playback, and outperformed by the HTC One in terms of battery power used in Web browsing.
Ultimately, it is up to consumers to decide whether a little extra charging time is a small price to pay for the seamless speeds they will likely get from the Galaxy S4; they do say, with great power comes great responsibility.
Recent reports suggest that the chance to take on that responsibility starts May 1 for T-Mobile customers, though the general release date for the Galaxy S4 is still projected for April 26.
Fionna Agomuoh is a Technology Reporter for the International Business Times, a vegan foodie, and a lover of Electric Dance Music.