Samsung Galaxy S4 Shows Its Power in Benchmarks [Updated]

* Update *: we have completed our analysis with the publication of many more results in a selection of those who might consider the terminals more demanadados on the market today in detail.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the latest of the flagships of a Samsung that He has returned to give it a twist to this terminal.

We have had the opportunity to analyze the Samsung Galaxy S4 in detail, and in addition to a review detailed all its features and sections such as the design or the integrated software, also We have implemented various performance tests It confirms the power of this smartphone.

The latest terminals, test

To analyze the performance of the Samsung Galaxy S4 have had the opportunity to confront him against a selection of those probably found among the most popular terminals the last months.

Thus, although we have focused on Android-based models -with the S4 Galaxy, HTC One, the LG Optimus G, the Sony Xperia Z, and the Samsung Galaxy S III-, we wanted to also include a performance test of the browser that allows you to compare it with models of different platforms such as the iPhone 5, the Z10 BlackBerry and Nokia Lumia 920.

These tests have focused on 3 key sections: the performance of the CPU, the GPU, and the browser. In the latter case we have seen how like SunSpider benchmarks can become a good reference to check the performance of the series of terminals Android browser and also to compare it with iOS, Windows Phone or BlackBerry OS native browser. As you see in these lines, the conclusions are varied.

The Samsung Galaxy S4, the most powerful CPU calculations

On stage, all the smartphones that have been part of this study.

In our tests, we have begun working with AnTuTu and Quadrant, two of the most famous in this area benchmarks, and offering smartphones CPU calculation of gross power a good reference to know.

In both cases has shown that today the CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 that we find in our protagonist, the Samsung Galaxy S4, both the HTC One is showing signs of his power before its rivals, with clearly superior to the competitors in the segment Android figures. The difference between one and the other are sensitive, but not too relevant. The thing, however, changes when we compare these terminals with the rest, that clearly remain a step behind except perhaps in the case of the Sony Xperia Z. In all cases were executed after each test 3 and the average of these results has been generated. The higher is the result, better.

A third test that is also common, although somewhat less explicit is BenchmarkPi, a tool that calculates the first digits of the number pi in the shortest possible time. As in the previous case, the results are the result of the average of 3 passes for each smartphone, and in this case less is the time, better. Again the S4 more than all its rivals, Although the HTC One the heels of you.

Things change when analyzing the GPU

What seemed to anticipate a full victory for the new vessel Samsung logo became a little surprise to analyze the performance of the graphics. The benchmarks used to check the behavior of the GPUs and graphics systems of these terminals were 3DMark and Epic Citadel.

3DMark is a reference in the segment of the PC and laptops, where the synthetic test from FutureMark has been key in all types of analysis of graphics cards along several families of graphics chip from NVIDIA, AMD or Intel in that segment, but its makers have finally made the leap to Android field, and recently this solution can also be used in these smartphones. In fact, has become a valuable aid to check the graphics performance on tasks graphically very demanding. EPIC Citadel, a graphics demo based on the graphics engine Unreal Engine – also very famous in the world of the PC – is another perfect solution to evaluate this section.

In one case and another have seen that the HTC One was which was ahead in this area, While both this smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S4 features a 320 Adreno GPU that has to move those graphics on displays with identical resolution, 1920 x 1080 pixels. The differences that motivate this victory by the HTC One could be frequencies that run graphics memories, since Interestingly Galaxy S4 uses a clock frequency higher in your GPU (Adreno 320 450 MHz) that presents the HTC One (Adreno 320 to 400 MHz). It seems that that is not enough, as you can see in the results.

(*) FPS indicated as a result are the main reference, but they also are implementing resolutions. The Galaxy S III (1.280 x 720) and the LG Optimus G (1.280 x 768) used lower resolutions to the rest, FullHD screen which makes less verifiable data.

Browsers also imported

Another scenario in which we wanted to check the performance of the last terminal of the market taking advantage of the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been the of the behavior of the browsers natives integrated in these devices.

For this purpose we have used one of the older ones in this sense, SunSpider, a benchmark developed to assess the performance of JavaScript engines all kinds of browsers and that calculates the time of execution of various functions.

Although there are many options in this area – in fact, we also got to check this scenario with Peacekeeper, FutureMark, but the results were abnormal continuously – these tests were also interesting because they allow us to compare the power of hardware not just Android terminals, but also on iOS 6, Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10. The results are not particularly conclusive, but yes can give an idea of the fluidity of navigation sessions with browsers natives in each analyzed smartphone.

Here the HTC One outperforms competitors, and in fact the S4, the iPhone 5 and Lumia 920 fight for a hard-fought second place. Particularly strange is the result of the Sony Xperia Z, which remained despite repeated the test several times more.

Actual use of the S4 Galaxy… in games

Finally we wanted to evaluate a scenario more real and less “synthetic” with the implementation of Some games last batch, in particular Super Hexagon and NightSky HD, integrated into the last Humble Bundle for Android.

Although there is no numerical results, yes we were with some clear feelings in this regard, where it became clear that the one HTC and Samsung Galaxy S4 performance was again spectacular. In reality the rest of terminals Android behaved properly, but be noticed slight loss of fluency in the terminals of less powerful (such as the LG Optimus G Galaxy S III) which however were not at all worrying. Except in cases in which the game is especially demanding in resources hardware, any of our protagonists can offer an experience more than adequate.


The new Samsung Galaxy S4 power is expected in a terminal with that configuration hardware – in this case, the version that we have analyzed had with the 600 – Snapdragon, and today It stands as the reference station at least in what refers to the results of synthetic tests in the section of your CPU.

Things, as we’ve been seeing, change in the case of the GPU, and the graphic scene is dominated by the HTC One, which has behaved in a way stronger than our main protagonist. What is clear is that in both cases we find true beast Mobile processing current, while a setback would be a Sony Xperia Z, still so it behaves in a remarkable way. The Galaxy S III has lost much camber in just one year and that makes clear that the advancement of mobile technology in a matter of CPUs and GPUs is especially dramatic in these last generations.

Even so, and as mentioned in this overview of benchmarking in mobile that we published recently on Engadget, must take into account that these tests give an overview of the performance of this and other smartphones, while in real conditions, these differences are appreciated in intensive applications and, especially in games of last batch that you take advantage of both the CPU and the GPU. And even so, it is likely that the differences in the majority of scenarios are imperceptible for the majority of users: these little ones have returned to prove that it will be difficult for us to see them in trouble, and that should be reassuring to anyone.