Samsung’s freshly unveiled Galaxy S4 won’t be on sale until later next month, but the first benchmarking of the handset has already appeared on the web.
The Galaxy S4 running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core 1.9GHz CPU hit a Geekbench 2 score of 3163, according to the test conducted by Primate Labs (as reported by BGR).
That’s pretty impressive when you consider it’s nearly 500 points more than fresh rival the HTC One, which scored 2687 and also uses a Snapdragon 600 (clocked at 1.6GHz).
And the S4 is twice as fast as the iPhone 5, which benched 1596.
Bear in mind that the Galaxy S4 with the quad-core Snapdragon is the LTE version, and the 3G version over in the UK might carry the 8-core Exynos 5 processor we’ve been hearing about – which will bench faster still, when pushed (and sip battery juice more frugally when lighter tasks are being carried out on the phone).
So the Galaxy S4’s hardware seems more impressive than we at first thought – this isn’t a handset that’s purely about a new full HD screen, and a load of software features. Although it is clear that Samsung is very much driving down the software avenue.
In the big picture, this seemingly leaves Apple a fair bit to do, in order to keep up with the Shin’s this autumn when the next iPhone is released.
Given that this model will likely be the iPhone 5S, the concern is that an incremental upgrade is going to leave Apple’s smartphone distinctly in the cosmic dust of the Galaxy S4.
Cupertino can ill afford to look complacent in 2013.