Galaxy S4 vs IdeaPhone K900: Lenovo Intel-based smartphone matches Samsung’s flagship in benchmark tests

April 3, 2013
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A new benchmark result reveals that the Intel-based Lenovo IdeaPhone K900 is able to narrowly outperform the Samsung Galaxy S4 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 version), but other results for the same test show the Galaxy S4 as a close winner.

As you can see in the following screenshot, the Lenovo flagship device scored 25827 in AnTuTu, which was just enough to outperform the Galaxy S4 – and this is not the first time we’ve seen AnTuTu results for the device, with a previous test result also topping 25000 for the handset. The results come from Russian publication Hi-Tech@Mail.ru that reviewed the 5.5-inch Lenovo smartphone.

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However, AnTuTu results may slightly vary. In our own tests, the Galaxy S4 (Snapdragon 600) scored 25900, or just enough to beat the IdeaPhone K900 score. Moreover, the Galaxy S4 (Exynos 5 Octa) topped 27000 in our testing, clearly besting Lenovo’s flagship:

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What’s important to note here is that Lenovo seems to have a very competitive device on its hands, capable of going toe to toe with current flagship smartphones from Samsung, HTC or Sony. Add to that performance a competitive price, and the IdeaPhone K900 could become a best-selling device if marketed properly.

Even more interesting is the fact that Intel seems to be getting better and better at crafting processors for mobile use. The IdeaPhone K900 sports a dual-core 2GHz Intel Atom Clover Trail+ processor, PowerVR SGX 544 MP2 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Comparatively, the Galaxy S4 comes with either a 1.9GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor or a 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos 5 Octa main chip (part of the eight-core big.LITTLE architecture). The Exynos 5 Octa model will pack a PowerVR SGX 544 MP3 GPU, while the Qualcomm-based Galaxy S4 comes with an Adreno 320 GPU on board.

Neither the IdeaPhone K900 nor the Galaxy S4 are available in stores yet, with the former said to hit Chinese stores this month and the latter launching in several markets starting with late April.

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