The Galaxy S4 may not be a major departure from the S3 in terms of design, but its impressive CPU—the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600—is certainly worthy of all the hype that’s surrounded the handset since its announcement.
In a benchmark test performed by Geekbench 2, a hardware performance measuring software, the Korean giant’s new flagship phone received a score of “3163.” A comparison chart was later assembled by Primate Labs, and revealed the S4’s processing power to be higher than those of other competing products, including the HTC One (which uses a similar, but slower version of the Snapdragon 600), LG Nexus 4 (1.5GHz Snapdragon APQ8064), Blackberry Z10 (1.5Ghz Snapdragon MSM8960), and iPhone 5 (A6 chip).
Fans of the Galaxy S series, as well as anyone who’d set high expectations for the Korean company, will find the benchmark results to be particularly reassuring; the S4 promises a myriad of high-performance features, and many of these—the seamless high-definition video support and “smart” scrolling features included–would be difficult to deliver without a competent CPU at hand. If the result shown by Geekbench is indeed as accurate as it seems, S4 users can rest assured that they will rarely, if ever, encounter lag-related issues, and that the processing speed of the S4 will be vastly superior to those of the market’s existing high-end smartphones. The Exynos Octa 5 chip, which will be featured in the international version of the Galaxy S4, is currently speculated to be an even more capable processor than the Snapdragon 600.
Compared with the S4, the iPhone 5 looks to be far behind with a score of only “1589” from Geekbench. While Apple is currently rumored to be preparing two new iPhones for the summer, neither is expected to feature a CPU that is vastly improved from the A6 chip. The A7-powered iPhone, which some believe has a shot at challenging the Galaxy S4, will not be released until at least Q3 or Q4.
With the powerful Snapdragon 600 and 1.6Ghz Octa-core processors, and with what appears to be another potential series of milestone accomplishments, Samsung has good reason to be confident about its future in the smartphone industry, and every right to be vocal about its dominance.