Samsung’s new flagship Galaxy S4 phone will have the fastest processor available when it launches this spring, according to benchmark tests.
A benchmark is a series of standard tests that gauge how fast a mobile device’s processor is.
So with the help of the popular Geekbench 2 programs which produce an independent measure of smartphone speed, John Poole of Primate Labs compared the relative performance of various phones.
It was found that the S4 scored 3163, beating the new HTC One’s 2687 as well as the Google Nexus 4 and the previous Galaxy model, the S3.
Apple’s iPhone 5 was ranked fifth on 1596. The original iPhone scored 130 when it was launched six years ago.
The test made it clear that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be the fastest smartphone available when it is released in April.
Actually Samsung Galaxy S 4 is twice as fast the majority of the smartphones on the market today.
However, what’s not clear is how the Galaxy S 4 will handle the increased power and cooling requirements that generally come with faster processors.
Also the Samsung Galaxy S 4 is twice as fast as the Samsung Galaxy S 3. Given that the Samsung Galaxy S 3 is less than a year old, that’s a remarkable achievement.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is also twice as fast as the BlackBerry Z10. However, unlike the Galaxy S 3 and the iPhone 5, the Z10 launched this year, not last year. Will BlackBerry feel compelled to release an updated handset with a faster processor sooner rather than later?
Both Samsung and HTC use the latest Snapdragon 600 for their respective flagships, the S4 and the One. Samsung, however, run their model at 1.9GHz using a newer version of Android, compared to HTC’s 1.7GHz, says the Telegraph.
Researchers at IHS have carried out a virtual teardown of the company’s new Galaxy S4, and found it carries a bill of materials that’s “significantly” higher than last year’s model at $236. IHS had estimated the Galaxy S3′s bill of materials cost was $205.
Samsung appears to have invested in major upgrades to its smartphone’s display, sensors and application processor and supporting memory.
The S4′s full-HD AMOLED display had the biggest cost increase of all, carrying an estimated cost of $75, up from $65 for the S3 (both HSPA versions), says the Forbes.
Actually, S4 has the highest resolution so far, with a pixel format of 1,920 by 1,080, IHS senior analyst Vincent Leung explained in a note released Tuesday morning.
“Although its hardware is not radically different from the Galaxy S III introduced in April of 2012, the Samsung Galaxy S4 includes some critical component updates that enhance its functionality as well as its bill-of-materials cost,” said Leung.
Samsung will also release the S4 with an Exynos 5 Octa chip, as well as the tested Qualcomm Snapdragon 600. The company has said it does not anticipate noticeable differences in performance.
Samsung has yet to release their pricing structure for the different versions of the S4 phone, so it’s hard to make any estimates on how the new bill of materials will impact the company’s profit margins from smartphones.