Samsung Galaxy S 4 Review: Bigger, Faster, Stronger

Performance: CPU and GPU

In addition to using the Samsung Galaxy S 4 in a variety of everyday usage scenarios, we also conducted some formal performance testing to see how well the device compared to some of the other smartphones we have recently evaluated.

CPU testing
Android CPU testing

In the Linpack for Android benchmark, the Samsung Galaxy S 4's quad-core 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 SoC put up the best score we have seen to date. In both the single and multi-threaded version of this benchmark, the Samsung Galaxy S 4 led the pack.

Graphics testing
Android graphics testing

The Galaxy S 4 also put up the best scores we have seen in two of the three An3DBench XL tests we ran. And in the third test, it performed right up there with the fastest devices we've seen.

The Galaxy S 4 also put up some excellent graphics-related benchmark scores in GL Bench. The iPhone 5 holds onto a commanding lead in the GL Benchmark fillrate test, but the S 4 pulled ahead of the iPhone 4S and all of the other Android-based devices we tested. The Galaxy S 4 also put up the best score we have seen in the Egypt Off-Screen benchmark, besting everything else by a wide margin.

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