First Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A benchmarks just in – is it as impressive as it sounds?

by: Edgar CervantesJune 20, 2014

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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.

  • MasterMuffin

    Still haven’t seen anyone beating Simms22’s score of 40732 :)

    • Jayfeather787

      Meanwhile, my little Samsung with a snapdragon s2 scores like, 200 points.
      He benchmarked his computer.
      I thanked that post for putting the g2 to shame.

      • Simon Belmont

        200? That’s great.

        My 2009 Sprint HTC Hero scored 100 points. Hahaha.

        • Simon Belmont

          Yeah. That was actually one of the highest scores on the list for the venerable HTC Hero on Antutu.

          I had it overclocked at 768MHz, on performance governor. I think I was ONE point below the top for that device.

          • Jayfeather787

            Nicely done!

      • Naveen Rao

        This should make sense…

        • Jayfeather787

          Oh. Okay. Well, I just got my ass kicked. Sigh

        • Corbin Crutch

          There ya go master muffin. I love the G2

        • A Skylit [S]unjΔy

          How did you get a score so high?

        • MasterMuffin


      • Corbin Crutch

        It IS hacked. Modded kernal

        • Naveen Rao

          Yeah obviously..even the nexus’s was a modded kernel

          • Corbin Crutch

            That’s what I said

        • MasterMuffin

          KernAL? >:(

          • Corbin Crutch


          • MasterMuffin


          • Corbin Crutch

            Sorry Master, everyone spells it that way and it’s hard to remember right spelling

  • Simon Belmont

    Yeah. Also to note it’s running TouchWiz, which probably takes the wind out the mightiest of sails.

    Do a test on a device with the same specs as the GN4, but with stock Android. I bet it’d be a big improvement.

    • Marc Perrusquia

      Stock android performs better than any skinned version of android, but the benchmarks are much lower since they’re not boosting their scores.

    • Abd

      Compare QHD with QHD
      G3 QHD 3GB 801 score: 29,461
      S5 QHD 2GB 805 score: 35,411

  • s2weden2000

    That’s right!

  • Robert

    I scored 35.548 with my standard S5

  • David Baláž

    Well to be honest you compare it to the flagships with Full HD display. If you compare it to the 801 in the G3 you will see the difference – roughly about 20% in performance compared to the 801. (running the same resolution)

    So it is 20% “faster” but has to run the QHD which makes it still faster than 801 running FHD display but not that apparent.

    Still a step forward

  • Roberto Tomás

    “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.”

    This isn not true for Antutu though. Fully 1/3 of the score in Antutu is gpu, it is every bit as important as the cpu. So the results are ho-hum overall.

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  • Tom Mcbigglesworth

    The 805’s most important feature IMO is the persistent voice chip. I hope Google adds support for this in the next versions of android so all phones have the “OK Google” feature of the Moto X. IMO the best feature on any modern phone (and a year old =0)

  • °Marco°

    The G3 you rewieved scored 29,760 but was the 2GB version.The 3GB version scored 35,974 from what i’ve seen around the web…..

    • Abd

      Not really. They reviewed the 3GB version and the score was 29,461. Check the screenshots. There should not be any significant difference between 2GB and 3GB in Antutu score at all anyway. Also Gsmarena (and digitaltimes) tested the 3GB version with similar results. Here are the links:

      • °Marco°

        Android authority rewieved the 2GB version, check the performance tab of the rewiev. What you didn’t cosider looking at those benchmarks is that the G3 is the only QHD device. i think anyway, we need to wait reviews about the european version with probably “definitive” software. So, we have to wait the launch day….

        • Abd

          The actual Antutu test score screenshot indicates 3GB ram

  • thartist

    Really, who gives a crap about benchmarks with all the cheating, different rules and oem skins… Mid and High ends work great, and overall you get what you pay for and that’s that.