The Samsung Galaxy S5 is easily one of the best specced smartphones in the world. It may not send your heart beating faster for its less than fancy looks but it certainly will instill confidence thanks to top of the end specifications. How well these specifications transform into real life performance is a different question and one we would answer at greater details in our full review, but the device certainly is capable of top of the charts performances. One way to find out the best capabilities of the device certainly is through conducting some of the well known benchmark tests. These tests obviously do not reflect the real life performance of the device as there have been reports about several OEMs including Samsung throttling the performances when these benchmarking apps are detected.
However, as we have stated in the past, these benchmarks certain give us a reference point about the capability of the device and how far below the real performance of the phone falls in real life if at all. So, our advice is not to take these benchmark scores literally but as a reference and nothing more. We urge our readers to definitely go out and use the device at the stores where Demo unit might be available and check the performance for themselves rather than blindly trusting the scores on these tests. So, lets dive in and see how does the Samsung Galaxy S5 performs:
Obviously CPU-Z is not a benchmark test, but we wanted to include a shot from the app, to clarify to our readers that these tests have been performed on the Indian version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and not the Snapdragon 801 international variant. The device does not support LTE and is equipped with an Exynos Octa Core 5422 SoC. It is also worth noting that the SoC is capable of running all the eight cores simultaneously as seen in the screen grab, just like Samsung has claimed.
By far and away the most commonly conducted benchmark test that takes CPU, Memory and Graphics into consideration is Quadrant Standard. The device as expected was a star performer in the test posting a score that was pretty must 2.5 times of the Note III Neo. As compared to some of the other competitors like the LG G2 too which scored about 16,000, the device has done really well here.
Another of the commonly conducted benchmark tests, AnTuTu Benchmark just like Quadrant Standard does take into account UX as well as CPU performances. Just like the previous test, the phone outsmarts all the competitors including the Note 3 posting a score well in excess of 37,000 earning a remark of ‘Amazing’ from the app.
CPU Prime Bench
The CPU Benchmark evaluates the single core, multi core as well as the maximum performance of the device based on the CPU it is running. The device once again posted a grand score thanks to the Exynos 5422 chip which contains a Quad Core 1.9 GHz Cortex A15 and a Quad Core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 CPU.
The test is performed to evaluate the browsing efficiency of the device with the HTML 5 test and the CPU performance is evaluated in the Metal test. Once again, in both the tests, the Samsung Galaxy S5 posts top figures as expected from the flagship device.
Though it is interesting to note that the device falls below its predecessor, the Galaxy S4 and even the likes of HTC One and Xperia Z Ultra in the HTML5 test.
Multi Touch Bench
We were able to record all the 10 touch points when placing both our hands on the device confirming the multi-touch capabilities of the device.
CF Bench is a rather unique test that takes into account processes like Memory writing speed. The Samsung Galaxy S5 once again stands out in all of the Native Read/Write, Java Efficiency and Overall scores as compared to the competition.
Overall, the device definitely performed on par with our expectations in the various benchmark tests like a true Samsung flagship device. We certainly would be very interested in comparing some of these scores with the International Snapdragon 801 version of the Galaxy S5 as according to some of the reports on the internet, the international variant and is even faster. However, like we have always maintained, the high scores do not always translate into ground breaking performance on the ground and that definitely seems to be true, at least a little, in this case. We will definitely discuss the same in our full review of the device, so do stay tuned for the same.