Category Archives: Benchmarks

Apple iPhone 5 Sunspider Score

Apple has re-taken the Sunspider benchmark crown (a test of how fast the browser can execute v8 javascript) with an impressive score of 914.7ms.

This is faster than the 3rd generation iPad 3 and even the new 2Ghz Intel-powered Motorola RAZR i.

The iPhone 5 is believed to have Apple’s own chip design – which is a first for the company. The cores run ARM-compatible instruction sets, licensed from ARM, but the core design is bespoke. This is a clear strategic move so that Apple can own their own IP and make it harder for competitors to draw performance comparisons.

The CPU runs ~1Ghz but has a ‘wider pipe’ allowing more instructions to be executed in parallel. This gives advantages in terms of heat generated and power consumed, yet still increases performance.

We look forward to publishing the Browsermark score when known.

UPDATE: The iPhone 5 also breaks our current record for the Browsermark benchmark with a score of 189650!

Samsung Galaxy S III Manages to Impress in Benchmarks

As you’re sure to know by now after much speculation Samsung finally came forth to debut the Galaxy S III. This mammoth of a device features a 4.8-inch SuperAMOLED HD display, 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor, 1GB of RAM, 16/32GB of internal storage, 8 megapixel rear facing camera, 1.9 megapixel front facing camera and Google’s latest Android ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’ 4.0.

Before we’re quick to assume that this hardware makes the Galaxy S III one of the most powerful devices we’ve ever seen, benchmark tests must be displayed. Lucky for us, the folks over at GSMArena took it upon themselves to pit the Galaxy S III against other popular devices in 3 different benchmark tests: Quadrant, SunSpider and BrowserMark. In each of these 3 tests the Galaxy S III manages to impress and beat out even the fiercest of competitors. Let’s take a look.

In the Quadrant test the Galaxy S III is the clear winner with HTC’s One S coming in at a close second with scores of 5,642 and 5,047. While much of this can be attributed to the phone’s Exynos 4 CPU, its Mali-400MP graphics helps to squeeze out some extra points. This should help the device flawlessly execute any application regardless of how graphically intensive it may be.

Next, the SunSpider JavaScript benchmark test. Here again, the Exynos 4 is able to flex its muscles handily beating the HTC One S and HTC One X while effectively leaving devices like the iPhone 4S and HTC Sensation XE in the dust. In other words, expect JavaScript far and wide to be beautifully and excellently rendered.

Finally, the BrowserMark benchmark test. Once again, the Galaxy S III proves to be dominant in this HTML5 extensive test devastating the competition with a 169,811 score. This nearly doubles the iPhone 4S’ score of 88,725. If Apple wasn’t scared before, perhaps they should be now.

In conclusion, the Galaxy S III is without a doubt the highest powered, commercially available Android phone to date. However, it’s been proven in the past that good benchmarks don’t necessarily translate into a pleasant end-user experience. Luckily, this does not seem the be the case with the Galaxy S III every video demonstration points towards a beautifully fluid experience.

Stay tuned as we continue to dive into the Galaxy S III and all it has to offer.

Samsung Galaxy S III Pitted Against Competitors in Leaked Benchmark Test

As you’re sure to know by now Samsung’s Galaxy S III is, for all intensive purposes, the most highly anticipated Android powered smartphone currently on the horizon. This device is looking to expand and capitalize on the success of both the Galaxy S and it’s successor, the Galaxy S II.

Currently, there’s not much to be said about the Galaxy S III that’s 100% concrete due to Samsung keeping generally quiet. However, when it comes to unofficial leaks and things of that nature there is a wealth of knowledge to be had. That knowledge continues to be expanded upon such as today when a benchmark for a certain GT-i9300 appeared within the GLBenchmark app. Now, to be fair, Samsung has not confirmed that the GT-i9300 is actually the GS3 but for the time being, let’s just assume it is.

Utilizing these benchmark tests, Android and Me took it a step further and compared the results to some of the hottest devices on the market today. The results? Well, from the looks of it, the Galaxy S III is gearing up to be one of the most impressive Android powered devices we’ve ever seen.

As you can see from the above graph (provided by Android and Me) the Galaxy S III bests everything from the OMAP4 touting Galaxy Nexus all thew ay up to the quad-core Tegra 3 touting HTC One X. What is performing such magic you ask? Well, it’s not been confirmed (like virtually everything else) but it’s said that Samsung will be going for the quad-core  Exynos 4412 as opposd to the dual-core Exynos 5250 as previously rumored.


Sony Xperia S Benchmarks

The most highly spec’d smartphone to be released so far in 2012 is the Sony Xperia S … the new flagship smartphone from Sony (just ‘Sony’ now as they have bought-out Ericsson). Unlike other phones announced at Mobile World Congress, you can actually buy this phone now.

The Xperia S is a 1.5Ghz dual-core handset with a very beautiful 1280 x 720 resolution screen, just 4.3 inches in size. The back camera also raises the bar to 12.1 megapixels … and considering Sony supply Apple with the camera for the iPhone 4S, it should be one of the best available.

The only disappointment is that due to the early shipping date, the Xperia S only comes pre-installed with Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread – for now. Ice Cream Sandwich should be coming shortly and will reveal the true power of this device.

Early benchmark results are as follows (most beat the Samsung Galaxy S2 with Gingerbread and stock browser):

Sunspider – stock browser – 2587ms
Quadrant – 2033
Browsermark – 74990
Nenamark – 37.5fps
Linpack – 86.7
Benchmark Pi – 536
Neocore – 59.7

The Nenamark score is particularly impressive considering the very high screen resolution.

We look forward to seeing what this smartphone can do with Android 4.0.x installed, and expect it do topple the mighty Samsung Galaxy S2 in the benchmark scores (its about time someone did!). However the Xperia S may only be the best Android smartphone for a short time … the Huawei Ascent D Quad and HTC One X are coming in 1-2 months!

Quadrant Standard 2.0 Scores

Quadrant has today released version 2.0 of their popular ‘Quadrant Standard’ benchmarking program. It adds much-needed support for Android 4.0 as well as multi-core devices.

If you have any scores to add, please send them in or comment below!

[Tablet] Asus Transformer Prime with Android 4.0 – 4437
[Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 4.0.3 (leaked beta) – 3988

Android 4.0.3 on Samsung Galaxy SII Benchmarked

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).

Nokia Lumia 800 Benchmarks

We’re waiting to get our hands on the new, top-of-the-range Nokia smartphone: the Lumia 800. The benchmark figures below have not yet been verified by us below but are in line with our expectations.

The Lumia 800 comes with a 1.4Ghz single-core Qualcomm MSM8255 processor and Windows Phone 7.5, or ‘Mango’. Unfortunately, having already benchmarked a smartphone running Mango, we were never expecting the Lumia 800 to break any records … the processor is also lacking power compared to the main competition.

Sunspider 0.9.1 Time: 6957 milliseconds
(best score seen so far is 1370ms … the lower the better)

Browsermark Score: 31001
(best score seen so far is 89567 … the higher the better)

Both scores indicate performance is nowhere close (approximately 1/3rd) to the current smartphone leaders. Hopefully Nokia will release a more ambitious handset in the near future that will properly compete with the iPhone 4S, Galaxy S2, Droid Razr, etc..

It is worth mentioning that a large portion of the performance deficit will be due to OS/browser optimisation being sub-standard vs the more mature smartphone operating systems like iOS and Android. The Nokia Lumia 800 should probably perform around half as well as the leading handsets available today given the same software.

Mozilla Kraken Javascript Benchmarks

Mozilla’s new ‘Kraken’ Javascript benchmark suite is really designed for PC’s, to allow a comparison between the speeds of the different browsers. It is very intensive, and takes many minutes to execute on current dual-core smartphones.

Below are the results of running Kraken 1.1. Scores are in milliseconds, less is better!

[Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 4.0.3 (beta) and Chrome Beta – 30703
[Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 2.3.3 and Firefox 8 (Beta) Browser – 35176
[Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 4.0.3 (beta) and Stock browser – 38244
[Tablet] Asus Eee Pad Transformer with Android 3.2.1 and Firefox 8 (Beta) Browser – 48703
[Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 2.3.3 and Opera Browser – 64617
[Tablet] Asus Eee Pad Transformer with Android 3.2.1 and Stock Browser – 147594
[Tablet] Apple iPad 2 with iOS 4.3.3 and Diigo Browser – 221242

[Tablet] Apple iPad 2 with iOS5 and Safari – Crashed
[Smartphone] Apple iPhone 4S with iOS5 and Safari – Crashed

Browsermark Benchmarks

[Smartphone] Apple iPhone 5 with iOS6 – 189650
[Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S3 with Android 4.0.3 – 169811
[Smartphone] HTC One X with Android 4.0.3 & Chrome Beta (0.16.4301.233) – 135929 *
[Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 4.0.3 (beta) with Chrome Beta (0.16.4215.215) – 125316 *
[Tablet] Asus Transformer Prime with Android 4.0 with Chrome Beta (0.16.4301.199) – 124783
[Smartphone] Intel Medfield Reference Platform – 116425
[Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 4.0.3 (beta) with Chrome Beta (0.16.4130.199) – 113993 *
[Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 4.0.3 (beta) – 108214 *
[Tablet] Apple iPad 2 with iOS 5.1 – 103052 *
[Tablet] Apple iPad 3 with iOS 5.1 – 100527 *
[Tablet] Asus Transformer Prime with Android 3.2 – 100960
[Smartphone] Apple iPhone 4S with iOS 5 – 89567 *
[Smartphone] Motorola RAZR with Android 2.3.5 – 85271
[Tablet] Toshiba AT100 – 83584
[Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 2.3.3 & Firefox Beta – 79387 *
[Tablet] Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 – 76876
[Smartphone] HTC Sensation with Android 4.0.3 – 74366
[Tablet] Apple iPad 2 with iOS 4.3.5 – 69760 *
[Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 2.3.3 & Opera – 56592
[Smartphone] HTC Sensation with Android 2.3.4 – 55296
[iPod] Apple iPod Touch with iOS 5 – 52630 *
[Smartphone] Motorola Droid Bionic with Android 2.3.4 – 51554
[Smartphone] LG Optimus 2X – 48289
[Smartphone] HTC Titam with WP7.5 (Mango) – 31945 *
[Smartphone] Nokia Lumia 800 with WP7.5 – 31001 *
[Smartphone] Samsung Omnia 7 with WP7.5 (Mango) – 25475 *

*’d results indicate we cannot be 100% confident that the test was completed properly. Browsermark appears to have a bug where at least one stage of their benchmark suite of tests can be skipped (even unintentionally), thus reducing the time it is completed and increasing the score artificially. This is certainly the case in the Firefox browser and with Safari / iOS and WP7.5 (Mango)

Peacekeeper Benchmarks

Peacekeeper is a web-based browser benchmarking suite … higher scores are better:

[Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 2.3.3 – 940
[Smartphone] Samsung Galaxy S2 with Android 2.3.3 & Opera 11 – 928
[Smartphone] HTC Sensation with Android 2.3.4 – 755
[Smartphone] iPhone 4 with iOS 5 – 650
[Smartphone] iPod Touch 32Gb with iOS 4.3.5 – 557