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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  • melgross - Saturday, October 3, 2015 - link

    I'm not convinced that the 8/4 solution is a good one. Four weak cores, and four even weaker cores may look good in multiprocessing tests, but in the real world, it's going to lag.
  • mercucu1111 - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    Exynos 7420 Full load Geekbench : 5600
    A9 Full load Geekbench : 4400
    So E7420 CPU is 30% higher.

    According to GFX 3.0 and 2.7
    A9 GPU is 40% higher.

    So Nobody can say which is better lol
  • melgross - Saturday, October 3, 2015 - link

    The multiprocessing tests mean little though. They're often questioned. The problem is that real world use doesn't function that way.
  • darwinosx - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    Heh. Kids. Apple sales have destroyed Samsung as is well known.
  • Kuzi - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    As of Q2 2015, Samsung has 21.4% of the Smarphone market, Apple has 13.9%:

    Well known yeah right.
  • tipoo - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    Is that 21% high end phones like the GS6, or all the cheap phones with razor margins they also have?
  • hughlle - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    Irrelevant to the statement darwinosx made.. he stated Apple sales have destroyed Samsung's sales. Clearly they havnt. The type of phones Mali g up the figures is irrelevant to that statement.
  • lukarak - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    Well, if you mention sales, you know, exchange of stuff for money, then money made is much much more important than unit numbers to judge someones performance. Because, they do sales to earn money, not to ship units. And Apple destroys Samsung in that regard.
  • Kuzi - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    Remember that since the first iPhone till now most of the SOCs used were made by Samsung. Also Samsung supplied RAM, screens, flash etc for the iPhones and iPads. The IPhone 6 SOC and RAM is supplied by samsung. So for every iPhone/IPad sold, Samsung makes money. It has been thisnway since the first IPhone, enjoy.
  • Morawka - Friday, October 2, 2015 - link

    yay apple makes more money, but samsung sells more phones.. hmm interesting. i would say android wins because they make it all up on app sales and profits

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