Posts tagged with: Benchmarks
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    Two iterations of the Galaxy A series has brought some big specification bumps and some major edits as to what we should think of as an "mid-range" phone at a "mid-range" price. At the same time, though, there are several Chinese competitors we should also thank. We also observe that Samsung's entry-level projects have moved down from the C- and J-series to its Tizen phones. All that said, we're now looking at some new Galaxy A phones for next model year. SamMobile reports that the Galaxy A3 (2017), the Galaxy A5 (2017) and the Galaxy A7 (2017) will get their releases soon. They will all ...

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    You know the low-end Galaxy Grand Prime that T-Mobile tried to incentivize Galaxy S7 buyers with a few months back? Believe it or not, it’s about to turn two whole years old, and in spite of its obvious US prepaid success, as well as enduring Eastern European popularity, the 5-incher never got a direct follow-up. Too late for a second-gen Grand Prime now? It appears not, with Zauba import records sparking the first rumors a little while ago, and the dynamic GFXBench/Geekbench duo pretty much making it official today. The model number is SM-G532F, the name Galaxy Grand Prime 2016, and ...

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    Manufactured by LG, Huawei or HTC? Similar to the HTC 10 in appearance or designed to follow in the footsteps of the LG Nexus 5X? Due out in September or October? Dubbed Nexus 5P or… something else? Those are just a few of the Google Sailfish-related questions we can’t definitively answer at the moment, although educated guesses do come to mind across the board, with specifications meanwhile looking like an entirely different story. A pretty easy to crack enigma, on the heels of revealing online reports based on fairly credible sources, a rock-solid ROM dump, GFX Bench visit, and now, ...

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    After presumably testing a bunch of different Galaxy Note 7 configurations, with both flat and dual-edged screens, RAM counts of 4 and 6GB (possibly, even 3), Snapdragon 820 and 821 processors, as well as Exynos 8890 and 8893, the time came for Samsung to make some very tough decisions. Ultimately, reason prevailed over vanity, and (relative) affordability came before another prospective charge in the ongoing spec wars. But still, not everyone is happy, and many of the company’s fans wonder why they can’t be offered a choice. It turns out at least the privileged inhabitants of China ...

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    This supposed phablet started out in the rumor mills as the Samsung Galaxy Note 6. Since then, we've been trying to parse together the ins and outs, the hairpins and straightaways, and all of the jokes claiming that six was too afraid of seven because the marketing team got involved. We are T minus five days to the next Samsung Unpacked event in New York, which is where we expect the Galaxy Note 7 to be launched. What better time to look back at how we, the tech media, have built this speculative motherboard up? Power The Note's legacy has been to be the leading edge of how much horsepower ...

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    Samsung might be turning On another set of phones for its budget lineup. There have been hints on Indian import-export database Zauba of new Samsung model numbers within this range that may end up being the names of 2016's Galaxy On5 and On7. About a month ago, what was deemed the "SM-G6100" came to light on GFXBench. And now, we have another incremental step towards revelation with fresh tests of the SM-G5700 on Geekbench. What we know so far is that the rumored Galaxy On5 (2016) may have an Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 and 3GB of RAM. The On7 (2016) will also have 3GB of RAM, but will likely ...

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    It was the Exynos 8893 that allegedly blew our minds in one Galaxy Note 7 benchmark. What blows our minds in this Galaxy Note 7 benchmark is that the Galaxy Note 7 Lite might not actually be happening. Instead, what we see here is supposedly the SM-N930R6 (the SM-N920R6 was the Galaxy Note 5 variant likely meant for Wisconsin-based Cellcom), sporting a Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM. Decent results here, of course, but it's not what we saw with the Exynos 7420 that was on last time we covered the logs. Could a Note 7 Lite be on the way, even with this development? Maybe, but it looks a ...

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    It's a common gripe from smartphone owners. At some point, after the "new phone smell" has worn off, people will start to complain about performance and battery life. We use mobile devices pretty aggressively these days. Think back to where we were five years ago, and we have to acknowledge that we have seen steady and consistent growth in battery technology and capacity. It's pretty normal these days to have a shockingly thin handset which also backs a respectably large battery. The problem is, battery tech hasn't improved at the same rate that display, CPU, and GPU performance have ...

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    Let's talk about audio. How our phones handle music and media is often overlooked for more impressive visuals. Playing games or streaming films looks better on camera. Video game performance can be used to rank phone performance, as most apps really don't tax our gadgets that severely. "Benchmarking" often means looking at artificial test designed to grade CPU and GPU power with scores relative only to how other devices complete the same artificial test scenario. Audio is a bit different though. From listening to music, playing games, or watching films, audio is a vital usage for many ...

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    While BlackBerry’s first ever Android smartphone has hardly been selling like hotcakes, with or without discounts, the Canadian company that’s increasing its focus in the software landscape doesn’t want to throw in the hardware-producing towel either. Not with (modest) shipment goals realized, profits on the horizon, and the high-end, much too pricey Priv set to be followed up by a robust, relatively affordable pair of mid-rangers. Rendered not long ago based on sightings of prototype units, the BlackBerry Hamburg and Rome are further detailed today, courtesy of GFX Bench. Well, ...

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    When MediaTek held an event to announce the real arrival of its Helio X20 SoC, it also invited Chinese manufacturer Meizu to spill the news that it had taken first dibs on the Helio X25 for its PRO 6 smartphone. But with a benchmark showing off a PRO 6 running with an Exynos 8890, we're left stumped on how Meizu will handle the launch of this darn phone. Well, we're hearing just a bit more about what's going on with the Exynos-powered PRO 6 from a Weibo user who decided to stiff us on the visual front and told us to look at his scrawlings which talk about a Samsung-esque edge display for ...

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    With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 200-series catering to the entry-level market and the Snapdragon 600-series moving up to bring the heat in the mid-range, you might think the Snapdragon 430 a chipset without a purpose. Well, LG may put it to good use in a device or two fit for an entry in its K-series. The evidence comes from two Geekbench runs logged in the system showing off two phones with model names LG-K530 and LG-K535 (the LG K10 ran with a partial model name of K420 or K430, depending on region). Both test devices are logged with Qualcomm's MSM8937, code for the Snapdragon 430 — eight ...

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    Artemis Fowl was a book I never read while in school, but you'll be reading a lot about a certain "Artemis" in a bit. It's the codename to ARM's new 10nm-based mobile processor that's to replace the Cortex-A72. The A72 is the two-core powerhouse that tops the ten-core packages that are MediaTek's Helio X20 and X25 chipsets. But as we're already talking about the Helio X30, we're looking at some benchmark scores that supposedly come in part from the "Artemis" in action. Pan Juitang, prolific Weibo microblogger and analyst at Huaquang Research out of China, has spilled some AnTuTu marks he ...

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    The HTC 10 is a work in progress. At the time this video was produced, it was still only available for pre-order, and units had not yet shipped to consumers. Given that reviewers had access to pre-release software, we wanted to see how HTC would respond to early criticisms focused on camera performance. This camera represents a significant departure from last year's One m9. Like Samsung, HTC is also walking away from the megapixel wars, reducing resolution to 12MP, while increasing sensor size. This brings us back to the Ultrapixel moniker, and those larger individual dots are designed to ...

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    If OnePlus wants to put out another one of its "Flagship Killers" in 2016, it should "Never Settle" for 4GB of RAM. That's only going to kill last year's flagships, right? Well, it's been a while since we last talked about what the OnePlus 3 will bring, so we might as well update you with a couple of benchmarks. As a baseline, we're dealing with a typical powerhouse: Snapdragon 820, a five-inch, full HD display, Android Marshmallow, a 16-megapixel main camera and, well, only 4GB of RAM. Yikes. Since the AnTuTu benchmark of the "OnePlus A3000" we covered on March 25, we saw a GFXBench ...

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    Maybe the Snapdragon 820 is actually the beast we all make it out to be. Maybe the Exynos 8890 kicks constant butt? Maybe we should give dues to the Apple A8 ... what? Okay, so forget the amazing Geekbench and GFXBench scores and blah blah blah we've seen because that stuff can be gamed. Like, we've seen it gamed. Many times. Gizmodo decided to give this spring's big Android smartphone releases and iPhones of new and old a big test. In fact, the outlet rolled its own by running tests on Gamebench, a benchmarking app that measures FPS, CPU, GPU and energy consumption performance through ...

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    The Huawei P9 has had a full day to stand out on its own. You might still be intrigued about those two Leica cameras and how they perform. But it's about time that the phone got compared with its kindred on a different scale of performance. In this case, we're talking about a bucket of benchmarks. As GSMArena has put down, we're picking up on some unimpressively good performance. Unimpressive in that we didn't see much change between the Kirin 955 featured on the Huawei P9 and the Kirin 950 that was on the Huawei Mate 8. The major clock speed change between the two octa-core chipsets ...

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    AnTuTu is a benchmarking tool that’s likely equal parts popular and controversial. Known to have been faked and duped more than once in the past, the mobile device performance-measuring app is still widely used by consumers, reviewers and sometimes manufacturers eager to prove their babies are the best of the best. Unfortunately, its latest update, to version 6.0, seems to have again made way for score manipulation or at least erratic and inconsistent results across very similar phones. The Xiaomi Mi 5, for instance, was reported to yield anywhere between 130,000 and 180K points, the ...

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    When we're dealing with an unannounced smartphone, we're often pretty limited in terms of the kind of data we get. Photos of leaked development handsets may not be great, failing to show the device from every angle (or just being a blurry mess in general). And while data sheets may give us an early sense of what sort of components to expect to see making up the phone's hardware, it can be tricky to form a strong sense of just how all that silicon will come together to deliver a speedy, fluid user experience. And while benchmarks may not be the end-all-be-all of measuring smartphone ...

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    It's the post-release era for the first round of phones from the Galaxy S7 generation and we're now looking at more benchmarks for differently-equipped variants of the devices. Yep, we're talking about differences in performance. Some of the Galaxy S7 and S7 edges received the Snapdragon 820 (some of them manufactured by Samsung itself) while others get the Exynos 8890. Qualcomm decided to go quad-core with a new 14nm process and Kyro architecture for the new Snapdragon while Samsung kept the Exynos on eight cores like it did last year. A couple of outlets have been able to acquire Galaxy ...

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    The arrival of smartphones packing a monstrous 6GB of RAM hasn't been question of “if” but one of “when” for a long time now, and while that's led to no shortage of speculation as to which phone would be the first to cross that milestone, it's been difficult to deny that the day was coming. This week we got what sure looked the first real confirmation of such a model, as Vivo teased the March 1 launch of its Xplay 5, a handset slated to pair a Snapdragon 820 SoC with a full 6GB of RAM. As we wait for that announcement to arrive, a newly published benchmark report appears to add ...

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    HTC doesn't often make tablets — in fact, it's only made two. One of them (the HTC Flyer, pictured above) was fine, the other not so much. There's been a contingent in the mobile tech community that keeps looking forward to a great big lovely slab from Taiwan. The company may be putting out another one soon, though it may not excite the power users. And it may not end up existing. We're looking at a budget tablet that had rumors stretching back to May of last year. But we now have GFXBench diagnostics and an import listing from Indian database Zauba. The low-end Spreadtrum processor, ...

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    Synthetic benchmarks: are they the end-all, be-all of device rankings? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Really, though, even if the dream of a single figure that reliably reflects a model's performance is an elusive one, a well-executed benchmark can still give us a useful point of comparison, and when we run enough of them, we just might start to close in on some respectable rankings that really do show how one phone's sheer processing power measures up against another's. With 2016 now in full swing, AnTuTu's looking back on all the phones that passed through its database last year, ans has crunched the ...

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    The fact that not all iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s processors were created equal has made a ton of headlines lately. Today we know that there are some differences between Apple A9 chips manufactured by TSMC, and chips made by Samsung mainly in battery life. Most of these have shown significant differences in performance by either unit, up to the point where other sources have now chimed in. Ars Technica has just conducted a controlled battery life test on two iPhone 6s models, one using a TSMC-made Appe A9, and the same chip made by Samsung. The results show that Apple's claim of meager ...

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    Benchmarking programs have long been a controversial subject. Big manufacturers have been accused of cheating them, and the process of putting a score to a phone has been debated too. So when AnTuTu Labs announced that its famous benchmarking app would be receiving a pretty huge update, we decided to give it a run -- this is our AnTuTu 5.0 overview. Many tests are run as part of any benchmarking program, and AnTuTu is no exception. While these tests themselves are generally considered great metrics showing a device's performance, how the end result is calculated as a seemingly-arbitrary ...

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