“Can the Note 4 set new benchmark for smartphones with its performance? We find out”
The Korean giant’s latest phablet, the Galaxy Note 4 is an absolute beast when it comes to its internals. But Samsung’s loaded flagship is also important for another reason – it’s the world’s first mobile device running on Qualcomm’s latest-gen chipset, the Snapdragon 805. The SoC offers four Krait 450 cores throbbing at 2.7GHz. Accompanying the application processor is the Adreno 420 GPU. The processor duo is supported by a generous 3GB of RAM.
While we don’t usually run synthetic benchmarks on devices for our reviews, the Note 4 is surely a performance powerhouse. Plus, the fact that the Qualcomm’s latest SoC will soon be powering next generation of flagships (the Nexus 6 also runs on this silicon) made us curious enough to take a look at its computing prowess with the help of benchmarks. Before diving, it must be clarified that each of these benchmark was performed after a fresh reboot to clear out the memory.
One of the most popular and comprehensive mobile benchmarks, Antutu tests the phone’s capabilities from all aspects, including CPU, RAM, GPU, I/O and user experience as well. The benchmark also gives a comparative analysis of the device on test with its nearest competition, letting users know how it stacks up.
With a score of 38,413, the Galaxy Note 4 is amongst the top-tier smartphones. However, it falls below even its predecessor, which is a bit surprising.
Vellamo is also an extensive benchmarking tool, dividing into different chapters to test the performance of the smartphone in the respective area. The Browser chapter assesses the performance of the mobile web browser, whereas the Multicore chapter, as the name indicates, measures the performance of multiple cores together. The Metal chapter takes a look at the performance of the single core.
The browser on the Note 4 certainly seems very capable with the score of 4,060, much more than the Samsung’s other flagship Galaxy S5 (review | FAQs). With each core of the phablet ticking at 2.7GHz, there’s really no doubt about its capabilities and that shows with the Metal chapter of Vellamo as it surpasses all the current crop of flagships. However, when it comes to performance of all the four cores, the device seems to be lagging behind the HTC One M8 (review) and OnePlus One (review | FAQs).
While the benchmarks mentioned above test different capabilities of the smartphone, Geekbench 3 is out-and-out an app to evaluate the core capabilities of the CPU. It measures both the single-core and multi-core performance by performing computing tasks such as arithmetic calculations, compress and decompressing of JPEG images, zip files among others.
The Galaxy Note 4 comes with one of the fastest mobile CPU’s, and the Geekbench 3 benchmark reflects that. It tops the charts both in the single-core as well as multi-core performance.
One of the major use-cases for a power-packed smartphone is playing games, and that’s where its graphical prowess matters a lot. To check out Note 4’s graphics capabilities, we ran GFXBench on the phablet. Along with graphics, it also gives an assessment on long-term performance, render quality and power consumption.
We will only consider the scores of Manhattan and T-Rex here, which are high-level tests for measuring graphics performance. The Samsung’s phablet runs Manhattan at 11.1 fps and gets the score of 689, while it plays T-Rex at 26.7fps and achieves the score of 1,493. The scores might seem less when compared to other high-end smartphones such as the HTC One (M8) and Sony Xperia Z3 (review | FAQs), but don’t forget the fact that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 sports a display with 2K resolution. So ideally, it should be compared with other 2K resolution-toting devices such as the LG G3 (review) and Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro (review | FAQs), and that’s where the Note 4 outshines its counterparts.
If the benchmarks on the Samsung’s fourth-gen phablet are any indication, the device offers a delightful performance and it also suggests how powerful the upcoming flagships could be. If you are interested to know more about the Note 4, then you can check out its unboxing, first impressions and frequently asked questions. To know how well it works as a daily driver, you just have to wait a tad bit more, as our comprehensive review will be out soon.
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