Last week Samsung unveiled their new Galaxy phone, the Galaxy S4 to compete with Apple’s iPhone 5. It includes some new software features and nice hardware including a 5-inch HD display with 441 ppi, 2 GB RAM, 13-megapixel camera and a very fast processor. Primate Labs did a speed test of the Galaxy S4 comparing it to a number of other smartphones including the HTC One, LG Nexus 4, BlackBerry Z10 and the iPhone 5. And according to the Geekbench ranking system the Galaxy S4 is twice as fast as the iPhone 5.
From John Poole’s analysis:
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is twice as fast as the Samsung Galaxy S 3. Given that the Samsung Galaxy S 3 is less than a year old, that’s a remarkable achievement. I am amazed at how quickly smartphone technology is improving.
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 is also twice as fast as the Apple iPhone 5. Apple has improved performance dramatically in the past (there was 2.5x increase in performance from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5). Will they be able to make a similar improvement for the next iPhone?
This does not mean that the user experience of the iPhone 5 will be much slower “if any slower at all”, because Apple’s close integration of software and hardware leads to significant performance.