While the new Samsung Galaxy S4 might be considered an iterative refresh over the Galaxy S III, it still packs impressive hardware specifications that simply cannot be overlooked. Thankfully, Primate Labs has already pitted the two smartphones against each other in a winner-takes-all Geekbench benchmark test. And the runaway winner is the Galaxy S4, with nearly double the score over the iPhone 5. Take a look for yourself:
John Poole for Primate Labs writes:
It’s clear that the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will be the fastest smartphone available when it is released in April. What’s not clear is how the Galaxy S 4 will handle the increased power and cooling requirements that generally come with faster processors.
In fact, the sixth-generation iPhone was ranked fourth among a group of flagship smartphones, including the HTC One at second place and LG Nexus 4 in third. Interestingly, the Samsung Galaxy S III is also positioned above the iPhone 5, while the BlackBerry Z10 benchmarked narrowly behind the Apple handset.
Should Apple be worried? Probably not. One of the primary reasons why the iPhone is so successful is because of the cohesion between the hardware and software. The iPhone packs a custom Apple A6 processor that is optimized to support the iOS platform, which also comes from Apple itself. Samsung and Android, on the other hand, are separate entities.
Apple should take notice of these benchmark tests, however, as it proves that competitors are not sitting back and letting the iPhone run the show anymore. A series of flagship Android-powered smartphones, including the HTC One, Galaxy S4 and LG Optimus G, truly give consumers some powerful handsets to choose from that aren’t branded with an Apple logo.