System Performance

While subjective judgments of performance may be possible to make when the delta is significant, when the gap gets increasingly close within the range of perceivable performance differences it becomes important to rely on more precise and accurate methods of measuring the overall performance of the mobile device. For the most part, when we’re discussing system performance the single biggest factor is often the SoC, which makes sense given that an SoC contains the CPU, GPU, video encode and decode blocks, memory bus, and DSPs. There are other aspects of the device that determine the overall perception of performance and things that can have a meaningful effect on performance, but the SoC is often the gating factor.

In order to test this we run mobile devices through our standard suite of benchmarks. In the case of the Galaxy Note5 and Galaxy S6 edge+, there shouldn’t be too many surprises given the commonality in components with the Galaxy S6.

Kraken 1.1 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

Google Octane v2  (Chrome/Safari/IE)

WebXPRT 2013 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

WebXPRT 2015 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Overall

Basemark OS II 2.0 - System

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Memory

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Graphics

Basemark OS II 2.0 - Web

PCMark - Work Performance Overall

PCMark - Web Browsing

PCMark - Video Playback

PCMark - Writing

PCMark - Photo Editing

If you guessed that performance in these benchmarks would be similar to the Galaxy S6, you'd be right. Given the shared SoC and general commonality in components performance remains as high as it is with the Galaxy S6. In some cases we see improvements, likely a combination of changes to Chrome and changes to areas like the frequency governor to respond faster to changes in load. It's probably fair to say that the Exynos 7420 will continue to be the best SoC for Android mobile devices in 2015, although it's likely that we'll see significantly increased competition for 2016.

Display System Performance Cont'd and NAND Performance
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  • kspirit - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    Ya I've owned the Nexus 4 and 5 in the past, they were both A+! Currently on WP but really considering getting either the Z5 or the iP6S. Waiting for the reviews to come in :)
  • sonny73n - Saturday, October 3, 2015 - link

    Sony Z5? Hmm... If Anandtech ever do reviews on Xperia phones, it would break them Sony fanboys' hearts. And AT will probably save a lot of people from becoming victims of Sony marketing gimmicks. I have owned more than 20 smartphones (bought them all brand new) in the last 9 years. The 3 biggest mistakes I'd ever made were purchasing the Sony ZR, ZL and Z3C. Yup, 3 times. I can't believe I could be that stupid.

    AT please do a review on an Xperia phone, I'll happily donate $100 for it.
  • jbm - Sunday, October 4, 2015 - link

    What was your problem with the Z3C? I had a Samsung S4 and it was horrible (I had barely any apps installed, disabled everything I did not need, power saving mode etc. and still randomly the phone decided to use 5-10% per hour). I managed to sell it and got a Sony Z3C. Best android phone I ever had. Got regularly 4 days battery life out of it without any issues at all. Right now, I have an iPhone 6s and it is great so far. Great camera, great build quality, uses about 20% battery per day so I only have to charge it every 3-4 days (I do not play any games on the phone and do not watch any videos, I just use it as a PHONE plus for email/occasional looking at a website/occasional music listening).
  • sonny73n - Monday, October 5, 2015 - link

    The Z3C
    Hardware: The worst IPS display I've ever seen on a smartphone. DeltaE is way off. Digitizer grids are clearly visible whether the screen on or off. The back glass creaks when slightly squeezed. Cover flaps won't seal tightly anymore after a couple hundreds of openings and closings. Sony has retracted their claim as the phone is submersible which means it's no longer safe being submersed. Remember the commercial of the Z3C - A boy taking pictures with the phone under water? Back camera cover isn't glass, it's easily scratched. Front stereo speakers sound muffled.

    Software: Bloatwares, junkwares and crapwares... Two ecosystems on one device (Google and Sony). Factory reset, nothing installed with everything turned off (wifi, data, location service...) and stamina mode turned on, wakelock still eats battery in sleep mode. It stays awake the whole time draining 10% in 4 hours in sleep mode. Camera app and phone app when in use would suck battery from 100% to 0% in about ~4.5 hours. Back camera takes terrible pictures compares to Samsungs which use the same Sony lens.

    I have owned 1000s of Sony products since I was born - TV, AV system, headphone, laptop... You name it. But after the last 3 phones from them and 5 days on the phone with their terrible customer service refs about the Z3C, I swear that I will never buy another Sony product again. And if any of my relatives buy Sony, I'll cut them loose. Yes, I WILL divorce my wife if she buy anything with a Sony logo.

    I have A+ and MCSE/MCSA since windows 2000 and been in IT since, just so you know.
  • mattscottshea - Sunday, October 4, 2015 - link

    Z2 is a good phone, all models since have been incremental upgrades of it. Z5 Premium review would be interesting, especially since Sony already came out and said everything will not run in 4K. 4K videos will playback in 4K, but everything else, including the homescreen will run in 1080. Wonder if there will be a setting to change that.
  • bigstrudel - Saturday, October 3, 2015 - link

    Google Play services can be disabled and all apps can be downloaded through other means or over the web as .apk.
  • thedons1983 - Sunday, October 18, 2015 - link

    So take it back and exchange it, you fool. Or are you really such a retard that you're not aware that warranties exist??
  • imaheadcase - Sunday, October 4, 2015 - link

    You will find issues with both phones if you look for them. No one goes to reddit to scream how great something is.
  • dsraa - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    You little guys are soooo cute with your Apple vs Samsung bs......Go back to starbucks you yuppie geek hipster, and worry about some real world problems instead.
  • hughlle - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    Coming from someone getting involved in an argument he doesn't want to exist :D by your own post your are also one of these yuppie geek hipsters you so despise.

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