Today we installed the leaked I9100XXLPB Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0.3) ROM on our Samsung Galaxy S2 (i9100) to get a preview of what the latest incarnation of Android will look like on Samsung devices. This is an official ROM – created by Samsung – but somehow leaked onto the Internet … perhaps to for Samsung to get some free testing/feedback! It therefore includes all of their usual ‘bloatware’ found on all Samsung smartphones.
Despite this not being a final release, we can safely say that the OS upgrade has indeed revealed the true performance of the Samsung Galaxy S2! Many owners and enthusiasts have long argued that the GS2 was the highest-spec smartphone out there … our test data appears to prove it:
Sunspider 0.9.1 Benchmark with stock ICS browser: 1775ms (previous best from a stock browser was 1983ms from the Galaxy Nexus, previous score from stock browser in Android 2.3.5 was 3371)
Quadrant 1.1.7: 4063 (previous score for a GS2 with Android 2.3.5 was 3465)
Browsermark: 108214 (beats the Galaxy Nexus score of 99178 and significantly beats the iPhone 4S score of 87841)
It is important to remind everyone just how old this smartphone is! The phone was announced in February 2011 and available by May, making it 9 months old already. It is a great shame that the OS & stock browser let the handset down and did not allow it to properly demonstrate its superiority vs the iPhone 4S (widely reported as the fastest smartphone in error due to lazy or biased journalism).