The Samsung Galaxy Note III Neo is kind of a younger sibling to the all powerful and big daddy of phablets, Samsung Galaxy Note III. Samsung has cut on several specs of the device while retaining most of the features of the Note III on board including a slightly less powerful processor and lesser RAM as well as a downgraded screen. Now, it is common knowledge that benchmarks never truly reveal the whole truth about the performance of the device and it is eventually the experience in hand that really matters. Yet, benchmarks are always a good reference points, and no we will not get into the whole debate of some OEMs tweaking or playing around with the phone internals that make them perform better on certain benchmark tests.
If you are conscious of the Benchmark numbers, then we performed various Benchmark tests for the Galaxy Note III Neo, we have accumulated the results of the same for you here, giving you an indication of the perofrmance of the device. Once again though, we urge our readers to go pick the phone, try it and not just rely on benchmarks as they are just pure reference points. We will also be linking to the Benchmark apps that we have used to conduct the test so that in case you want to try it out for your device, you can easily.
The phone outperforms most of the devices in the most commonly conducted benchmark test. However, if you compare the scores to the more recent smartphones of the world, likes of the Nexus 5 or the Note 3 itself, you would find the performance to be slightly underwhelming.
We did this test specifically to check the multi touch capabilities of the device and the touch points it could register. The phone performed remarkably well and we could register all the 10 touch points at the same point without an issue with the Frame Rate.
This test was primarily conducted to measure the OpenGL performances. The overall FPS performances were really good. In fact, in comparison just to give a bit of perspective the Gionee E7 we are testing scored a 43 while the nexus 5 scored 47. So overall the rendering performances of the Note 3 Neo both in 3D and 2D were impressive.
The CPU Prime Benchmark test saw the Note 3 Neo outperform the likes of Galaxy S4 and the LG G2. The Hexacore SoC on the device which is a combination of Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 & dual-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A15 chips, definitely was up to the task when it came to raw CPU power measurements.
AnTuTu is another one of the commonly conducted test. the results were very much in sync with what we had observed in the CPU Prime Benchmark test though. However, the Note 3 clearly outperforms the Note 3 Neo in the test while the LG G2 surprisingly performs better too. However, it is worth noting that AnTuTu takes into account GPU and UX experiences too which CPU Prime Benchmark did not. So, this is a more holistic picture and more accurate.
A good old HTML 5 Browser test. We ran it on Chrome browser for Android. The scores definitely were right up there. Just to put things into a bit more perspective, Chrome on Mac scored 505 out of 555 points, so the performance while not being outstanding, was not too bad either.
The CF Bench test is also one of the most widely conducted tests. The device performed rather well in it without really standing out. In fact, the test takes into account the Memory as well as CPU performances including things like memory writing speeds. The important numbers for those who are not familiar with the tests are the Native, Java and Overall numbers. Just for a reference, when we ran a similar test on a borrowed Note 3, the overall was about 19,000, so pretty well done to the Note 3 Neo.
We conducted the Anomaly 2 test primarily to get a reference number for the high graphics intensive performances. The device scored 419,039 which was on par with most of the device. However, an Adreno 330 GPU on a Snapdragon 800 resulted in a slightly better performances. This was validated via a Gionee E7 which run the said GPU.
Overall, the Note III Neo performed well above our expectations. We did not expect the phone to achieve the sort of numbers it did especially given our reservations about the Exynos 5260 chipset. And not just the benchmarks, the overall performance of the device too has been really good so far in our about a week with the device. We have plenty more coming around the Note III Neo, including a Camera Sample showdown and our full review. So stay tuned for that.