John Poole from Primate Labs, developers of performance analysis software, has used the latest version of Geekbench to measure and compare speeds and performance of flagship smartphones on the market today; the Galaxy S4 & S3, the HTC One, the Blackberry Z10, the iPhone 5 and the Nexus 4. But which one was the fastest smartphone? I hear you ask. Well...
Geekbench which “provides a comprehensive set of benchmarks engineered to quickly and accurately measure processor and memory performance” found that the S4 came top of the table, with the iPhone 5 coming in fifth place. See me after class, Apple.
The winners were the S4 which scored 3163, the HTC One which came in second place with 2687 (not sure what these numbers mean? No, me neither) and the Nexus coming third with 2040. Big tick and smiley face for you three. The losers were the iPhone 5 which scored 1596 (FYI the original iPhone which was launched 6 years ago only scored 130!) and the Blackberry Z10 with 1480 which only “offers speeds similar to last year’s handsets”. Ouch. The S3 came last with 1410 but we can forgive Samsung here seeing as it is last season’s handset. The Z10; not so much.
Poole has hope for the crunchy, juicy smartphone maker despite its poor results: “Apple has improved performance dramatically in the past (there was 2.5x increase in performance from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5)”, while on the other hand he took some of the shine off Samsung’s victory with a healthy dose of cynicism: “What's not clear is how the Galaxy S4 will handle the increased power and cooling requirements that generally come with faster processors.”
Hm, we shall just have to wait and see!