Samsung Galaxy S3 Not As Powerful As You Think, Beaten On Numerous Benchmarks By Other Androids

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Devices that come out today are all in a race to be the best when it comes to having the fastest processor, graphics engines and the most cores. PCWorld have out some of the best Android handsets on the market through benchmark tests to see if they are able to meet the hype.

Fastest Android phones: Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC EVO 4G LTE, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, LG Optimus 4X HD

The Samsung Galaxy S3 on Verizon and the HTC EVO 4G LTE on Sprint both comes with the Snapdragon 1.5GHz MSM8960 processor from Qualcomm. The Samsung Galaxy Nexus has the older TI OMAP dual core 1.2GHz processor and it has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is the latest OS. Highlights of the OS include better graphics and performance increase courtesy of Project Butter.

The LG Optimus 4X HD is the only quad core in the test and it comes with the Tegra 3 processor from Nvidia. Two older handsets, the Samsung Galaxy Note on T-Mobile and the Motorola Droid 4 on Verizon were also tests. The Galaxy Note has the 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon processor and the Motorola Droid 4 the 1.2GHz dual core TI OMAP.

The benchmark tests included AndEBench, a 3rd party app for Android handsets that looks at performance and the CPU and Dalvik interpreter which is Android’s virtual machine used for many of the core functions of the OS. Also Geekbench was used which measures the performance of the memory and the processor. JavaScript was tested with Sunspider and GLBenchmark was used to determine the performance of the graphics in OpenGL ES environments.

The Geekbench test put the LG Optimus 4X HD in first place followed by Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus, Droid 4, Galaxy Note and HTC EVO 4 G LTE. The AndEBench Native test saw the LG Optimus 4X HD again at the top followed by the HTC EVO 4G LTE, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Note and the Droid 4 in last place. The AndEBench Java test again put the LG Optimus 4S HD at the top followed on by the Galaxy S3, HTC EVO 4G LTE, Galaxy Nexus, Droid 4 and the Galaxy Note last.

The PCW phone page load put the Droid 4 in the lead followed by the Galaxy Note, Galaxy Nexus, LG Optimus 4X HD, Galaxy S3 and EVO 4G LTE coming in last.

The Sunspider Javascript test had the Galaxy Nexus first then the EVO 4G LTE, Galaxy S3, LG Optimus 4X HD, Droid 4 and in last place the Galaxy Note. In the GLBenchmark 2.1.4 Pro Offscreen test the Galaxy S3 took the top spot followed on by the EVO 4G LTE, Optimus 4X HD, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Nexus and the Droid 4 in last place as equals.


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