Long rumored as a premium version of Samsung’s flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A is not lacking in any department. Its stunning specs, improved display and build quality will surely make it a successful smartphone, even if only released for the Korean market (for now). Is the phone really as amazing as it’s put out to be, though?
The first Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A benchmark has just shown up, courtesy of AnTuTu, a popular benchmark application for Android devices. The improved Galaxy S5 LTE-A scores in at 35,411, beating all current high-end smartphones. Samsung’s premium device goes past the HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 3.
The worrisome part is that the phone doesn’t beat the other high-end devices by very much, but there are many factors to consider. Previous benchmarks show that the newer Snapdragon 805 processor doesn’t do much for performance. Instead, its focus is in graphics. While the new chip is plenty powerful, it shouldn’t offer a huge jump in benchmarks.
Also important to remember is the addition of a QHD (2560x1440p) display, a resolution none of the listed AnTuTu devices have. Currently, LG’s G3 is the main competitor with a QHD display, and it actually got a much lower score of 29,760 (it has a Snapdragon 801 processor) in our review tests.
Display definition makes a tremendous difference in performance and graphics, even if paired with an amazing Snapdragon 805 processor and 3 GB of RAM. Do keep in mind benchmarks don’t always translate directly to performance. What matters is how well-optimized software and hardware are.
Phones with lower benchmarks scores often prove to have seamless performance; the same can be argued the other way around. The Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A is meant to be one hell of a smartphone. We are sure it is all it’s put out to be… and probably more.