Raw CPU and GPU performance doesn’t necessarily translate into a better user experience, but benchmark tests can be a good indicator of the level of performance you can expect from a device.
AnandTech has completed a thorough technical review of the new Samsung Galaxy S5 and, in the site’s usual style, the device has been put through its paces in 39 benchmarking tests, being compared to other high-end smartphones throughout. According to the review, the soon-to-be-released S5 doesn’t measure up performance-wise to the new HTC One (M8) and, in quite a few cases, the six month old iPhone 5s.
As The Guardian noted, the Galaxy S5 manages to take top spot in only two of the 39 tests performed by AnandTech being bested by the M8 or 5s in most cases.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of judging devices based purely on speeds and feeds, especially when the specs that smartphone vendors share most frequently only paint a small piece of the picture. You can look at things like CPU cores and clockspeeds and make assumptions, but dozens of factors contribute to a smartphone’s performance
For example, The iPhone 5s contains the remarkably efficient dual-core A7 chip that outperformed many quad-core and eight-core chipsets in rival phones last year.
Are you surprised to see the six month old iPhone 5s still around the top of the benchmark tests? Are we reaching a plateau in the “raw power” curve? Let us know your thoughts in the comments or on Twitter: @TiP_AdamO.