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Galaxy S 4 Dominates In Early Benchmark Testing 276

redkemper writes with an excerpt from BGR.com of interest to anyone in the market for a new phone: "Samsung's Galaxy S 4 might not offer much in the way of an exciting new exterior design, but inside, it's a completely different story. The retooled internals on the U.S. version of the Galaxy S 4 were put to the test by benchmark specialists Primate Labs and the results are impressive, to say the least. The Galaxy S 4 scored a 3,163 on the standard Geekbench 2 speed test, just shy of twice the iPhone 5's score of 1,596. That score was also good enough to top the upcoming HTC One, the Nexus 4 and the previous-generation Galaxy S III."
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Galaxy S 4 Dominates In Early Benchmark Testing

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  • Re:But not the Z10? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Junta ( 36770 ) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:34AM (#43213049)

    You mean like they did, right in the article? It comes up just shy of iPhone 5.

  • Re:funny thing is (Score:5, Informative)

    by niftydude ( 1745144 ) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:39AM (#43213091)

    sgs 3 is better than iphone5 in that chart

    The international sgs 3 is better, the US sgs 3 isn't.

    I was never sure why samsung put a slower soc in the phones that went to the US.

  • by alen ( 225700 ) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:47AM (#43213165)

    the CPU and GPU in the iphone 5 were cutting edge for 2012.
    i'm playing Real Racing 3 and the graphics are about as good as the xbox

    MHz or GHz speed has never been a good predictor of actual processing power. Intel sold 4GHz CPU's 10 years ago. the 2GHz ones they sell now are A LOT faster

    cpu/gpu architecture and the having the software actually take advantage of the hardware features will give you better performance than paper specs

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:51AM (#43213215)

    This couldn't be more untrue. The newest iPhones always are in the top of the pack when it comes to CPU performance and they always have had cutting edge GPUs.

  • Re:funny thing is (Score:5, Informative)

    by olsmeister ( 1488789 ) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:55AM (#43213239)
    The faster Samsung processor used in the international versions didn't work with the 4G LTE that we have in the States.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @10:56AM (#43213245)

    The iPhone is definitely not cutting edge technology, despite what some people believe. The iPhone is more the tried and true stuff, although I think most people use it for the software, not the hardware. However, for those who like power and fun in their pockets, the S4 is the bomb.

    No. People use it because its an iphone and has a apple logo on it. They use it because they are a slave to trend and nothing else.

    That's why anytime someone has an apple product they refuse to call it a cell phone, a tablet, a computer, a laptop, a mp3 player or whatnot. They have to call it a iphone, ipod, imac, ipad and so on. While everyone else in the world regardless of who makes the product call a cell phone a cell phone.

    Its why people will defend their apple products and justify it to others even in the face of total defeat. People still to this day say imacs cant get viruses, they will say the iphone has the most features and most powerful phone even if you pull up a fact sheet proving otherwise.

    Its why I see people with apple logo stickers on their cars, and apple tshirts. While I don't see the android guy on anything.

    All of that is due to the fact people buy apple products because of the name brand recognition, they don't actually buy it for the product, they want others to know they have apple stuff and that's it.

  • Re:funny thing is (Score:5, Informative)

    by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @11:04AM (#43213313) Journal

    Qualcomm's "Snapdragon [wikipedia.org] has good in-package support for cellular flavors in common use in the US. As can be seen in the wikipedia list, that puts them in quite a few US-release phones, even from people like Samsung who have their own SoCs.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @11:40AM (#43213687)

    And with this response you prove you have never used a BES.

    YOU host the damned server, and YOU control the encryption keys. ALL traffic to the device is encrypted on YOUR side. RIM cannot see into these and does NOT have access to these keys.

    This is why it is the ONLY choice for HIPAA compliance, because it is end to end encryption. Not just device encryption.

    Stupid iLoverz and sexDroid humpers.;

  • by Riddler Sensei ( 979333 ) on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @01:35PM (#43215035)

    CyanogenMod is posting across social networks that this is just the opinion of some of the devs, but is not the stance of project.

    Found on G+ just now:

    Let’s start with the simplest form of this: CyanogenMod does not pre-announce support or lack of support for devices. Ever. Even for the Nexus 4, we did not announce support until a nightly build was available. Further, any announcement regarding the ‘dropping’ of device support will be communicated via this Google+ page, Twitter, Facebook, our blog, or a combination of those; it will not be something buried in a forum post.

    This morning, a comment from a CM collaborator on XDA was taken to be as an ‘absolute’ in regards to support of the S4. He offered the opinion of four TeamHacksung maintainers, their frustrations and lack of interest in supporting the S4. What’s seemingly lost on those reading this is that his comments as an individual do not speak for CyanogenMod as an organization.

    As for the team’s stance on the S4, there isn’t one at this time, and most definitely won’t be one before the device is sold at retail.

    -The CyanogenMod Team

  • by Andy Dodd ( 701 ) <{atd7} {at} {cornell.edu}> on Tuesday March 19, 2013 @02:34PM (#43215815) Homepage

    Not entirely true.

    There are two major variants of the Galaxy S4 - Qualcomm and Exynos based. Similarly there are two major subvariants of the GS3 - again, Qualcomm vs. Exynos.

    The Qualcomm-based GS3s were very well supported thanks to Qualcomm having excellent reference source at CodeAurora.

    The Qualcomm-based GS4s will probably be OK because many of the Qualcomm GS3 maintainers aren't as pissed off at Samsung as the Exynos guys (including myself) are.

    The four primary Exynos4 maintainers (myself, Daniel Hillenbrand, Guillaume Lesniak, and Espen Fjallvar Olson - I may have missppelled thos slightly as we usually just go by IRC nicks) have all decided that we won't be touching any further Samsungs. We're all working with Nexus or Sony devices now. (Sony has done a MAJOR turnaround in terms of opensource support over the past year, or at least the Mobile division has.)

    This probably has little impact on the Qualcomm-based GS4s, but right now, the Exynos-based GS4s are without any prospective maintainers.

    Will a new maintainer step up? Possibly. Will they succeed without just saying "fuck this shit" and selling the phone for a different one? I personlly don't think so.

    It's a volunteer project so nothing is ever a surefire given, and collective decisions are rarely made - so far, they have only been made in regards to outdated hardware and newer versions of Android. (Such as Snapdragon S1-based phones ending at CM7).

    That said, if you look at the attitudes of developers, you can "get a feel" for how likely a phone is going to be well supported by CM.
    Will the Qualcomm-based GS4s receive maintainer attention and continued support including M and stable builds? I'd be surprised if they didn't.
    Will the Exynos-based GS4s receive maintainer attention and M/stable CM builds? I'd be very surprised if they do.

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