Samsung Galaxy S4 gets the early benchmark treatment, first scores are average

March 14, 2013
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Exynos 5

We were expecting today to be a busy day, filled with last-minute Galaxy S4 leaks and then wrapping up with the big announcement, but little did we imagine what was to come from China. The dual-SIM version of the GS4 that looked like a fake at first starred in several intriguing videos and a high-quality image gallery, making believers even from the most skeptical of us.

But did the leak avalanche stop at that? Not even close. Instead, the industrious folks from mobile.it168.com also managed to whip out a surprisingly thorough review of the S4 prototype, which included the whole shebang, from a display comparison with the competition to juicy benchmarks.

Did someone say benchmarks? Yes, I did. Only they don’t look that impressive. Which could be due to one of two reasons – either the Exynos 5 Octa CPU was held back by the unfinished software powering the device, or the processor itself is not the powerhouse we all expected.

Galaxy S4 Antutu

In any case, let’s talk cold facts and numbers. Starting with AnTuTu, where the GS4 scored 22,446 points. Not bad, right? But not great either.

According to a graph on it168, that barely puts the S4 ahead of the Snapdragon 600-powered HTC One. To make matters worse, we saw HTC’s latest flagship score close to 23,000 points in some other tests, so, as much as it pains us to say this, the GS4 might not be the most powerful Android smartphone around. “Might” being the key word here.

Galaxy S4 Vellamo

The Vellamo browsing speed test is even less kind to Samsung, with the “next big thing” being overshadowed not only by the HTC One, but also the GNote 2, Sony Xperia Z, HTC One X and several others.

And the gap between the GS4 and the Note 2 here is truly staggering – a full 900 points (1,522 vs 2,418).

Galaxy S4 benchmarks

But surely Quadrant will help the S4 get back on its feet, right? Hardly. The slightly over 8,000 points are nothing compared with the 12,000 we’ve seen the HTC One score and it’s barely enough to put it on par with Sony’s Xperia Z.

As for NenaMark 1, that’s unfortunately a very inconclusive benchmark. Galaxy S4’s 59.8 fps is a nice result, no doubt about it, but most high-end smartphones released in the last half a year or so can reach 58 or 59 fps no problem.

Bottom line, these S4 hardware test results sure look headache-inducing (for Samsung), but until  seeing an official, final model benchmarked, the jury’s still out on the big guy’s performance. Do you think the HTC One can really upstage the Galaxy S4? Or will Samsung deliver once again one way or the other?

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