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Galaxy S4 takes pole position in our benchmark comparison

We used our time with the Galaxy S4 to see how the new handset compares against other Anrdoid phones, and whether it can outpace Apple and Blackberry flagship smartphones.
March 18, 2013
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We’ve done a collection of handset comparisons over the past few days, testing out the new Galaxy S4 against a range of top of the line smartphones. But now it’s time to stick all these handsets head to head.

In these benchmarks we used the U.S. version of the Galaxy S4 which was on display at the launch event, so we’ll just be comparing the Snapdragon 600 chip for the time being. Even so, the Exynos 5 Octa model should perform equally as well as the Snapdragon 600, if not perhaps even a little better.

Galaxy S4 vs Android

Firstly let’s look at how the Galaxy S4 compares against a selection of top of the line Android handsets, including the newly released Xperia Z. We ran the same Antutu Android benchmark across all the smartphone to ensure a fair comparison.

Galaxy S4 Antutu benchmark

Very impressive, the Galaxy S4’s 1.9Ghz Snapdragon 600 is clearly a substantial improvement over the previous generation’s S4 Pro chips used in the Xperia Z, Droid DNA, and Nexus 4. There’s an even more obvious gap between the older generation Galaxy handsets which use Samsung’s own Exynox 4 quad-core processors. The performance jump from the Galaxy S3 to the S4 is perhaps the most staggering, so those wondering whether or not to make the switch to the newer handset can be reassured that they’ll notice a substantial performance improvement.

No one can call the Galaxy S4 a slouch when it comes to processing power and it should stack up very well against the new HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro, both of which are also using the same Snapdragon 600 chip.

Galaxy S4 vs Apple & Blackberry

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 tops the table when it comes to Android handsets, but how does it stack up against Apple and Blackberry’s best offerings. To test this we used the cross platform Geekbench benchmarking tool.

Galaxy S4 Geekbench benchmark

Again the Galaxy S4 comes out miles ahead of the competition, making light work of the Blackberry Z10’s S4 Plus dual-core processor, and proving that the Snapdragon 600 has Apple’s dual-core A6 chipset beaten as well. It’s a good performance from the new Android handset, but not an unexpected one considering that Apple and Blackberry are still stuck on older and slower dual-core technologies.

Personally I’m very impressed with these results. The Galaxy S4 has some really decent hardware under the hood, as well as an assortment of software upgrades. I can’t wait to see how the international Exynos 5 Octa model performs against its U.S. counterpart.