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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  • thedons1983 - Sunday, October 18, 2015 - link

    Anyone who thinks the iPhone 6 is a worthwhile purchase based on the awful camera that they supply, is an utter moron. Smartphones have crap cameras. They always have, and always will. A ten year old, cheap as chips Canon digital, would piss all over smartphone cameras. Indeed, only complete morons take pictures with their smartphone. It's convenient, sure, but the quality will always be woeful in comparison to a proper camera.
  • FL777 - Friday, October 30, 2015 - link


    Samsung is dominating the smartphone market.
  • gaurisharma - Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - link

    I must say Samsung galaxy note 5 is a nice phone and complete all my android needs. I have been using this phone since long time and am glad to have this with me. The smartphone is enriched with many features which are liked by everyone. Available Bluetooth and GPS work well. Phone looks stylish and adds flavor on once personality. Available powerful processor and attractive 5.7” Super AMOLED screen make me feel relax about it style and capacity. This Smartphone takes HD images using its 16 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel of front camera. Its 3,000 mAH battery provide long life to all supportable network(2g, 3g and 4g). This android cellphone supports connectivity via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.
  • Aritra Ghatak - Sunday, December 20, 2015 - link

    Which icon pack is it, in fifth screen shot & onwards in Software and UX section of the review?
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