Samsung may have received a
for unveiling a predictable phone last week, but the company had
one surprise no one saw coming. The surprise was so secret that
the South Korean tech giant did not even bother to mention it
during the last press event. Instead, Samsung has allowed
independent testers to unearth the details.
, a new benchmark test found that the Galaxy S IV is twice as
fast as Apple's (NASDAQ:
) iPhone 5.
Geekbench, a tool from Primate Labs that provides a
"comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and
accurately measure processor and memory performance," was used to
test Samsung's new handset, along with a series of other
"Higher Geekbench scores are better, where twice the score
means twice the performance," John Poole, founder of Primate
Labs, wrote in a
Poole said that he is "amazed at how quickly smartphone
performance has improved."
"We've gone from the original iPhone with a Geekbench score of
130 to the Samsung Galaxy S 4 with a Geekbench score of 3100 in
only six years," he wrote in
In this instance, Poole was rounding down. The Galaxy S IV
actually received a score of 3163.
Only one handset came close to matching that device's
performance -- the HTC One, whose score came in at 2687. LG and
) Nexus 7 earned 2040 points.
The six-month-old iPhone 5 is still in the top five, earning
1596 points. That's 148 points less than the four-core version of
the Galaxy S III, which came in fourth place.
) Z10, one of the newest phones on the list, received a score of
only 1480. This made Poole wonder if BlackBerry would be inspired
to release an "updated handset with a faster processor" to
compete with Samsung.
While these benchmarks are very revealing, they are already
being dismissed by some users.
When AndroidAuthority (which used Geekbench to perform the
first Galaxy S IV test results) published a video on
, BlackBerry fans quickly chimed in to defend their beloved
"If you really wanted to do a good and fair comparison, why
not starting from the OS level?" one user, who goes by the name
"I notice that they didn't compare that os's at all," Alicia
Shepherd wrote. "Would this show a down fall to the new s4? From
what I have seen it's pretty much just s3."
Alex Bass was even more critical of the test results. "You're
completely ignoring the OS's, which is the biggest part of it
all," he wrote. "…The benchmark is processor heavy, means NOTHING
to the OS. Terrible test."
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer
of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or
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