“Samsung’s betting on Exynos processors instead of Snapdragon chips, and that seems to have paid off as its flagship tops the charts of major benchmarking apps”
Being part of the flagship series, the devices in Samsung’s Galaxy S (and Galaxy Note) range always offer top-of-the-line hardware specs. Right from their displays to their cameras and software features, the smartphones are as loaded as can be. However, what put things in motion are their hearts and the phones doesn’t disappoint in that respect either, as they come equipped with the best-in-class combination of processor, RAM and GPU under the hood.
But with the past few iterations, namely, the Galaxy S4 and Galaxy S5 (review | FAQs), it seemed that the Chaebol was biased against Indian consumers. While globally, its flagships utilised the popular Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, the devices sold in India (along with a handful of other countries) came powered by Samsung’s own Exynos line of chipsets. With the latest offering(s) in the Galaxy S range, the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, the leading manufacturer has completely ditched Qualcomm for its Exynos CPU globally. The reasons could be many, with the prime among them being the fact that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 reportedly suffers from heating issues. However, that doesn’t change the fact that the Exynos 7420 purring inside the Galaxy S6 duo is yet to prove its mettle. Like its predecessors, the Exynos 7420 is based on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture with its high-speed quad-core cluster clocked at 2.1GHz and the low-power quad-core cluster at 1.5GHz. Helping the 64-bit silicon in smooth performance is 3GB of RAM and a Mali-T760MP8 graphics processor.
That combination seems great and while our review will take a closer look at its real-world performance, what better way to judge the hardware prowess than with synthetic benchmarks? We put the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge through various benchmarking apps and here’s what the results say.
AnTuTu Benchmark needs no introduction as it’s one of the most popular benchmarking suites available. The app tests the device on various aspects such as the CPU performance, read-write operation, etc. to give one comprehensive score. Since the Galaxy S6 edge runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, the AnTuTu v5.0 also tests its actual potential by running in the new ART (Android Runtime), instead of Dalvik. For better reference, you can also find how well the device stacks up against the competition.
Just a simple glance at the massive score of 70,124 is enough to tell that Samsung has made a wise decision by equipping the handset with its own Exynos processor. The device offers chartbusting performance and is way ahead of the competing mobiles, whose scores lie in the region of 50,000.
Vellamo is another all-in-one benchmarking app that stress tests the smartphone on various fronts. It has neatly categorised those tests in different chapters – Browser, Multicore and Metal. As their names suggest, the browser rates the phone based on its browser’s performance, whilst both the multicore and metal checks the capabilities of the processor, with the only difference being that the former puts all the cores in action, and the latter checks the device prowess with respect to the performance of the single core.
The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge leads all three tests with a huge margin. This shows that the handset will not only be smooth for internet browsing with the default browser, but also that its processor is highly capable, be it its single core or all the eight cores.
Now that we’ve seen the ability of the phone on a whole, it’s time to see what all its processor can do. For that, we are relying on Geekbench 3 that runs various real-world simulations on the device. It also separates the single-core and multi-core performance, along with comparing the handset with other devices and putting that in a database, which is readily available on its website.
The story continues here as well, as the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge managed to get an impressive score of 1,312 for its single-core performance, whereas it scores 4,543 when all cores were running together. In terms of single-core performance, the phone sits below the Nexus 9, which is fuelled by NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 processor, but bests with its multi-core performance.
With great power on a smartphone, comes the innate desire to play games. Hence, it’s important to check the potential of the graphics chipset on the smartphone to see if it can handle modern-day high-def titles, which we’re doing with GFXBench 3.0.
While GFXBench runs a wide range of tests on the smartphone to put its GPU through its paces, we would be considering the phone’s performance in Manhattan and T-Rex tests. The Samsung Galaxy S6 edge achieves 975.1 frames in the former and 1,863 frames in the latter. When compared to the competition, it might seem very low, but don’t forget the fact that Samsung’s latest flagship pushes twice as many pixels (2K resolution) on its display in contrast to phones with 1080p screens.
Looking at all the scores bagged by the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge, it seems that the brand was planning the switch to the Exynos processors all along. While the Galaxy S4 and S5 served as testbeds for this purpose, the Exynos 7420 ticking under the hood of the phone shows that the Korean giant has a winner on its hands. The device offers chartbusting performance and should be able to handle anything you throw at it with ease. Of course, we’ll talk all about that in our review along with its various aspects such as is camera quality, so keep watching this space.