Samsung’s freshly announced Galaxy S4 will be the most powerful smartphone on the market when it hits shop shelves next month, benchmark results reveal.
The Galaxy S4 scored a remarkable 3163 on Primate Lab’s Geekbench2 cross-platform processor benchmark, with only the HTC One coming anywhere near with a score of 2687.
What makes the numbers impressive is that the S4 tested is the quad-core US variant, not the eight-core powerhouse that’s set to launch globally. It also handily outperformed its quad-core predecessor, the Galaxy S3, which peaked at 1717.
Not surprisingly, the Galaxy wiped the floor with Apple’s iPhone 5, which runs on a dual core A6 processor and managed a not-so-remarkable 1596. The recently launched BlackBerry Z10 fared even worse with a score of 1480.
Of course, power alone doesn’t make for an enjoyable user experience. It’s how well the processor is optimised to run a deluge of applications and the array of on board features it offers that really matter to the majority of users.
Fortunately, by the looks of things, the Galaxy S4 has plenty to offer in that department, with an improved Nature UX user interface that brings smart new features to make the handset even easier to use than before.
Among these is Smart Scroll that lets you scroll content on the screen by simply tilting the handset, and Smart Pause that utilises the front-facing camera to automatically pause videos when you’re not looking at the screen.
There’s also the new Air Wave feature that uses floating touch technology, meaning you can just wave your hand over the screen to scroll through photos, webpages and more.
Aside from killer processing capabilities, the Galaxy S4 also boasts a 13-megapixel camera and 4G LTE support for blazing quick downloads on networks that offer the super-fast service.
The Galaxy S4 is launching in the UK in the last week April on all the major networks in the country. Pre-orders are set to begin at the end of March.
Pricing is still unknown but expect these to be revealed closer to release. Keep ‘em peeled.