Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is a device right in the topmost drawer when it comes to Android devices currently. It is easily the Phablet to beat in the market currently, a genre that Samsung themselves have been credited for creating. The latest device in the Galaxy Note series is not just a beast from the inside with latest and greatest specifications powering it, but brings a brand new design language that Samsung seems to be pursuing. With metallic strip running on the sides of the phone and a slightly curved display on top and a faux leather feeling back, the Note 4 is every bit as premium as powerful.
From the internals, the device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC, with each of the four cores of the Krait 450 CPU clocked at about 2.7 GHz. There is Adreno 420 GPU on board to help you pump all the graphical renders that you may need, helping you enjoy everything from an arcade title to an action packed game such as the Assasin’s Creed. The device has Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity Sensor, Compass, Barometer, UV detector and Heart Rate monitor when it comes to the sensors on board. The Note 4 runs Android 4.4.4 out of the box and has 3 GB RAM to keep everything running smoothly.
While the general performance of the device has been noteworthy and really smooth, we did notice a few stutters while using TouchWiz UI. Load Google Now launcher, which is definitely milder on the memory, and you really appreciate how smooth the device is. Games, multitasking and general navigation along the device is really smooth, and we have very little to complain about. Yet, the one way to gauge the actual performance of the device is to put it through various benchmark tests, and while these may not always be accurate and fair, they do serve as decent reference points to draw conclusions about the device performance. So, without waiting any further, let’s quickly see how the device performed when it comes to the various benchmarking scores.
Not a benchmarking test, but important to know all the internal specifications and details of the smartphone.
Quadrant Standard is the most trusted benchmark test when it comes to Android devices. As expected the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 blows the competition out of the water with its performance.
AnTuTu Benchmark tests the RAM optimization, I/O Speeds, GPU as well as the CPU performances of the device. Any score above about 40,000 points is considered to be really good, and as you can guess, the Note 4 bettered that score, pointing out towards excellent performance. While most devices go really hot when we run AnTuTu benchmark, the Note 4 relatively was cooler and also had no issues with flash photography immediately post the test.
Geekbench is a popular cross-platform benchmark test and basically tests the performance of the processor on your device. The test is multi-core dependent which means and therefore reports the performance of the CPU as a whole and that of the individual core too, so you can gauge the performance better. The Note 4 scored probably the highest scores we have seen, both in the single and multi-core tests.
CPU Prime Benchmark
CPU Bench tests the RAM and CPU of your device. What is unique about the device is that it puts the CPU through a stress test which calculates the heat that a device can dissipate while ramming up the processes. Surprisingly, despite performing really well, the phone fell behind the likes of LG G2 when it comes to recording the score. The Note 4 just about crossed the 3,000 mark.
Linpack is an age old benchmarking test done for Windows PC. The test calculates the floating number computational capabilities of a CPU. The Note 4 scored an MFLOPS of 460 plus which while not being chartbuster, was very decent.
NenaMark 2 is a benchmark to evaluate the Open GL ES 2.0 standard for a smartphone. The test is again one of the most popular ones and puts forth real-time gaming scenarios for the device to overcome. The Note 4 scored very close to the perfect 60 FPS.
Overall, the Note 4 scored really well in our benchmark tests and this definitely showed up in the regular performances too. We still believe that TouchWiz could have been slightly better optimised on the device, which definitely would have made for an even smoother experience.