Samsung Galaxy S4 Benchmarked: Serious Power, Dim Display

After months of waiting, Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S4 to the world, and its latest superphone is packing some serious power. There will be two versions of the Galaxy S4, an international model powered by Samsung’s octa-core Exynos processor and a U.S. version sporting a 1.9-GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor. Following the Samsung event, we managed to get some hands-on time with a U.S. version of the S4 and test it using the AnTuTu Benchmark to see just how powerful Samsung’s new halo phone really is.

AnTuTu Benchmark is a comprehensive test that measures a smartphone’s memory performance, CPU integer and floating point performance, 2D and 3D graphics and more. Each category is scored and added together to get an overall system score. After running the test with no other software running in the background, the Galaxy S4 pulled down an impressive overall score of 21,089. That’s significantly higher than AnTuTu’s Galaxy S III benchmark average of 16,301. However, that’s to be expected, as the Galaxy S III runs a less powerful 1.5-GHz dual-core Qualcomm chip.

The S4 also outpaced the 1.6-GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos-powered Galaxy Note II, which scored an average 17,531 on the AnTuTu Benchmark. What’s most impressive, though, is how well the Galaxy S4 performed compared to Google’s Nexus 4. According to the AnTuTu Benchmark, Nexus 4 and its 1.5-GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor scored an average 18,096, well below the Galaxy S4’s 21,089.

In addition to the Galaxy S4’s system performance, we also managed to benchmark the brightness level of the smartphone’s 5-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel Super AMOLED display. One of the biggest complaints we had regarding the S III was how dim its display was at just 213 lux. The Galaxy S4 improves upon that number, topping out at 258 lux. That’s brighter than the Galaxy S III, as well as the Galaxy Note II’s 240 lux rating. Unfortunately, the Galaxy S4 still falls behind the smartphone category average of 299 lux. The Google Nexus 4, meanwhile, came in with an average 399 lux.

So what does all this mean for the Galaxy S4? At first blush, it seems as though Samsung has put together an incredibly capable smartphone that has more than enough horsepower to handle most anything you throw at it. Its display brightness, however, is a bit disappointing. That said, we still have a lot more testing to perform on the Galaxy S4, so stay tuned for our full review in the coming weeks.

Daniel P. Howley
Daniel P. Howley
A newspaper man at heart, Dan Howley wrote for Greater Media Newspapers before joining He also served as a news editor with ALM Media’s Law Technology News, and he holds a B.A. in English from The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
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  1. GeorgeV Says:

    Why is it “most impressive” that Galaxy S4’s 1.9 Ghz S600 CPU beat Nexus 4’s 1.5 Ghz S4 Pro CPU?

    If anything, the difference is less impressive than it should be. 1.9/1.6 gives a ratio of 1.26:1. The 21,000/18,000 gives a ratio of 1.16:1.

  2. Dassel Says:

    What’s the point of performing tests on a pre-release device?

  3. Louis Says:

    S4 Samsung Galaxy looks fantastic anyone got one to talk about. Thanks for you good work, just saying hello from Germany

  4. Cliff Says:

    Another article on this site points out that the iPhone 4 is more than twice as bright as the Samsung S4. That seems like a significant advantage for the iPhone. Why would I want to look at a dimmer image when reading or watching a video?

  5. Cliff Says:

    I should have written “. . . . the iPhone 5 is more . . . .”

    This is the quote:

    The S4’s 5-inch Super AMOLED screen registered at 258 lux, which is brighter than the S III’s 213 lux display but way below the 299 lux category average. By comparison, the HTC One registered 463 lux on our light meter, and the iPhone 5 got 525 lux.

  6. liam Says:

    Not every benchmark scales linearly with MHz.
    Memory performance is one example. The PI benchmark, though, should be all in cache and a better measure of pure cpu performance. There you see a 85% increase. That is way more than we’d expect given: the 26% clock increase (1.9/1.5) and 15% IPC improvement Qualcomm has claimed with the new snapdragons. Obviously that IPC improvement should be seen as an average given this result.
    So, for general cpu bound operations you should see a 41% improvement over the s4 pro.
    Also, the graphics appear to have been much improved over the already top of the line s4 pro graphics considering that they out perform the adreno 320 even though they are using a much larger canvas.

  7. Charles Says:

    i test on my Internasional galaxy s3
    the totaal socre is only 13363 and i compare with the galaxy S IV
    the galaxy s4 total score is 24894 !!!!!

  8. Vov Says:

    Again same shit, like with S3 (Dual Core US) S4 US vesion is only quad core while international has the new Octa core processor, thats why i bought Galaxy Note 2, cuz it has Quad Core even US version, i hope Note 3 will be Octa Core even for US, any ways it should be faster than Galaxy s4, also i was hoping for Metal material like HTC one, again Samsung using that plastic, its not bad, but i like aluminum material!

  9. Abraham Says:

    i love this phone but how to get it down to Ghana is the problem

  10. Puffy Says:

    bad boy.. c’mon!

  11. Dyna Says:

    The brightness on the phone can be easily adjusted…

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