Samsung’s latest flagship hasn’t been completely rolled out yet, but we’re getting glimpses of the performance of the Galaxy Note 4 coming courtesy of early adopters in Samsung’s home ground of South Korea who have begun benchmarking and reporting on the new device. The Galaxy Note 4 is going to be made available worldwide by the end of October. The newest Samsung phablet is slated to come with either a Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.7 GHz or an 8 core Samsung Exynos 5433 clocked at 1.9 GHz. The processor will be region dependant though we can confirm that the Malaysian unit will be of the Exynos flavour. The Galaxy Note 4 will also be coming with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which will be expandable via microSD card slot with up to 128GB of memory and will be powered by a 3220 mAh battery. We’ll stop there as the benchmarks focus on the processor and Graphics unit as well as the battery of the device.
First up we have battery performance tests of the Galaxy Note 4 which have been nothing short of impressive to say the least. The version of the Galaxy Note 4 being benchmarked is the SM-N910C which is the Exynos 5433 variant of the phablet which has been released in South Korea. Before we go into the results, let’s look at the infrastructure of the Exynos 5433 which runs on ARM’s big.LITTLE configuration. The big.LITTLE configuration places two quad core processors in a 4 by 4 configuration in an effort to balance both performance and battery life. The Exynos 5433 is the first processor from Samsung which is 64-bit capable but is being released with only 32-bit processing activated. In addition it is also one of the first processors out there using ARM’s latest Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 processors. The latter of which is more battery friendly.
Let’s start off with the battery tests. The Galaxy Note 4 was put through three tests when it came to battery life,: WiFi, Video and then 3D gaming. As a control measure, the testers kept the screen at constant brightness of 230 nits. In brief, the results were nothing short of impressive.
The tests with a pure white image showed that the device could have an active time of 8 hours and 30 minutes outperforming even the LG G3 which only managed 5 hours 38 minutes while Google’s flagship Nexus 7 and Nexus 5 managed 8 hours 42 minutes and 6 hours 20 minutes respectively. The feat is actually quite impressive considering that the Note 4 has roughly quadruple the pixels of the Nexus 7 and double Nexus 5’s pixels. It does, however have the same pixel density of the G3. The Note 4 also out performs the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 in the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A which has a lower pixel count than the Note 4. The same trend continues into the WiFi tests where the Galaxy Note 4 manages an impressive 8 hours 30 minutes which edged out the S5 and also Nexus 5.
When it comes to video playback, the Note 4 again lasts an remarkable 13 hours 12 minutes similar to the Galaxy S5’s 14 hours 45 minutes. It is here that we undoubtedly begin to see the benefits of the Super AMOLED display as a majority of Samsung’s flagships score within the same range while Google’s Nexus 5 score only a measly 6 hours 45 minutes while the Nexus 7 lasts only 8 hours 35 minutes. However, when it came to the 3D display tests, the Note 4 only managed 3 hours 30 minutes while the G3 only lasted 3 hours 9 minutes and Samsung’s S5 LTE-A lasted 3 hours 40 minutes. In this comparison we have to keep in mind the difference in pixel count of the devices where only the G3 has the same pixel count as the Galaxy Note 4. The Graphics unit of the Note 4 has a lot more pixels to work with which undoubtedly takes a toll on the processor and battery life although, performance wise, it still rivals the G3, Nexus 7 and Nexus 5.
It is worth noting, that Samsung’s frenemy Apple’s devices: the iPhone 5s, the iPad Air and the iPad mini are also out performed by the Note 4 in all but one category, the 3D performance where the iPad Air and the iPad Mini score an impressive 4 hours while the iPhone 5s only lasts 2 hours.
The astounding performance of the Galaxy Note 4’s Exynos processor continues in the Processor benchmarks as the device manages to top nearly all the benchmarks of the current flagships. Most notably it close to triples the performance of the G3 in the BrowserMark benchmark which benchmarks the browsing performance of the handset. The same performance is seen in the Geekbench 3 benchmark which tries to represent a real-world estimation. In this benchmark, the Galaxy Note 4 outperforms all other Android devices and is only outperformed by the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini albeit by a small margin. The same is seen in the Screen On/Off tests run by the GFXBenchmark.
To avoid going into way too much detail, we suggest you pay Playwares a visit for more detail if you are into getting the latest benchmarks. However, it’s interesting to see the Exynos processor perform so well after failing to impress last year. If this is any indication of the upcoming processors which are bound for the market with ARM’s big.LITTLE configuration with it’s latest Cortex architecture, it looks like we’re in for a really enjoyable experience. Also worth noting, is the performance difference between devices running the Snapdragon 805 and the Note 4 which are marginal if anything meaning that we will probably be seeing some very impressive performance for both regional variants of the Galaxy Note 4.