Galaxy S4 (Exynos 5 Octa) vs Galaxy S4 (Snapdragon 600): benchmark comparison
Anyway, the Galaxy S4 with Exynos 5 Octa is finally here, at least in some markets, and we've decided to do the logical thing and compare it against the more widely available Snapdragon 600 version. To do so, we've run a number of popular benchmarks on both phones, including Quadrant, GFX Bench, 3DMark, Vellamo and AnTuTu, and to tell you the truth, there doesn't seem to be that much of a difference between the two versions of the Galaxy S4. Sure, the Exynos 5 Octa-powered one performs faster in some tests, but the Snapdragon 600 manages to gain the upper hand in others, so things seem to be pretty balanced overall.
At the end of the day, what's important is that neither device tends to be significantly faster than the other in any category. Check out the following graphs, as well as the video below, to see the exact results and the two smartphones in action!
Galaxy S4 Exynos 5 Octa vs Galaxy S4 Snapdragon 600
1. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1619; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
Lol where are the people saying this chip isn't innovation....its one of the fastest on the world! But mind you not as bigger difference as I thought there would be...
8. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Those people are commenting below, haha!
31. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
So what do you prefer, lag on Exynos or lag on Snapdragon 600?
32. hung2900 (Posts: 779; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
"Lag" in the video means you open an app and cannot get access immediately due to the transition effect.
62. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5474; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)
hung2900, don't pay attention, he is illiterate in modern technologies.
116. metalpoet (unregistered)
haha cute my comments have been moderated because i said that if people are going to have a flame war on here they shouldnt talk about womens crotches or lesbians lol
68. atsamman (Posts: 73; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Benchmarks are really meaningless
I dont know about the galaxy s4 snapdragon virgin
I have the exynos version and it feels really slow and laggy the note 2 is considerably snappier
Maybe its a software thing idk but for now am really disappointed
96. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)
I'm really expecting a lot more from Oxynos 5, since the whole Octa hype. The moment they used 600 on S4, I know that the performance of the Oxynos 5 will not be much better than the 600. In my opinion, that's not really innovation. Perhaps the Oxynos 5 will perform better in Note 3, but it's not for sure that Note 3 will have it. The question is will Oxynos 5 work just a good as 800 in Note 3, or will Note 3 won't have Oxynos 5 chip at all? The answer will decide whether or not Oxynos 5 really innovated.
6. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)
Are you sure that you're an angry Apple customer?
73. sum182 (Posts: 229; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Would never want to, I prefer multitasking over fake performance.
113. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)
If you ever cared to double press the home button to bring up the multitasking tray, you'd know that the iPhone multitasks pretty well.
This isn't 2008 anymore. Multitasking excuses are old.
115. CellularNinja (Posts: 301; Member since: 27 Sep 2011)
If you knew anything about your phone, you'd know that that is not 'true' multitasking. It is more of a faster way to switch apps that's all. Like the guy said above, "fake performance".
119. FerneyZan (Posts: 34; Member since: 21 Jul 2010)
do you even have a clue of what Multitasking means? Apparently not specially if you are saying that you can do it on smartWannaBephone like an iPhone.. LOL
3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
They seem very, very close. Too close to make a difference. The Snapdragon 800 will kill the Exynos 5 Octa though.
9. MCrapp (Posts: 312; Member since: 07 Apr 2013)
Note3 with Exynos5 1.8-1.9GHz (Galaxy S4 exynos5 is 1.6GHz) will kill the Snapdragon 800 2.1GHz
29. polrt (banned) (Posts: 73; Member since: 04 Dec 2012)
It does not matter, it would still LAG. lol
46. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Yet with all that lag, everyone goes Android! Strange, huh?
51. cripton805 (Posts: 913; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)
Do your homework before you comment on something you dont know anything about. Thats a transition animation. You can make it slower or faster on developer settings. Naturally its on default. Which is 1x. Can you do that on the iPhone or Windows phone? I figure you cant since you didnt know you can control that with an android.
56. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
That's not lag, it's just an effect Samsung decided to make way too long
103. vincelongman (Posts: 1056; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)
Did you even watch the video you posted?
Because in the video the guy turns off the transition animation and then there is no lag whatsoever, every app opens instantly and same with lockscreen.
Also you can make the animation faster as well, like cripton805 said on default its 1x, you can also set it to 0.5x, so it would be twice as fast.
10. SleepingOz (unregistered)
"Samsung wanted to guarantee that devs can expect the exact same level of performance form the Galaxy S4, regardless of which version the user has. And they've done an excellent job. But this isn't the best that Cortex-A15 in the Exynos chipset is capable of - we might have to wait until the Galaxy Note III to get a true feel for its performance."
And don't forget that the S600 is clocked at 1.9GHz while the Octa is clocked at 1.6GHz, yet it managed to score slightly higher benchmarks. Anyway, only future will tell.
11. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 307; Member since: 07 May 2012)
the GS4 s600 gives a better battery life thoughhttp://www.gsmarena.com/samsun
22. MrPhilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
The i9500 driver is incomplete, its on xda, Andreilux has explained it. Samsung messed up the BIG.little configuration, thus battery life isn't as great.
21. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
That is true but the Snapdragon 800 is an incremental update that can go up to 2.5 to 2.7GHz so it will beat out the Exynos 5 Octa even overclocked to 1.9GHz. Plus the Adreno 330 is going to be EPIC.
Dude the age of the so called "crapdragon" ended after the S4 came out.
The BEST processor this year will be the Snapdragon 800 just like the best processor of last year was the Snapdragon S4 Pro.
25. MrPhilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
2.3Ghz is highest for Snapdragon 800. Where the hell you get 2.5 and 2.7Ghz, plus why would you want that speed anyways. Waste of battery and heat consumption for a mobile device.
Snapdragon 800 wouldn't be the best, Tegra 4 would be similar in performance even if it's a lower clock (1.9Ghz vs 2.3Ghz) Cortex A15 > Krait 400 etc.
Best SoC will be Intel. Intel Baytrail, Quad-Core Atom. The Clovertrail Dual-Core is already faster than the S600 in CPU performance (Antutu). Plus it's built on 22nm.
55. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
We don't know this yet but Qualcomm says the Snapdragon 800 will come in at 2.3GHz meaning the Android root community can overclock the beast to 2.5 to 2.7GHz. I should have alluded to that. My bad man.
That Intel chip is awesome, my thing is how many phones will that chip be on?
Qualcomm really has every OEM on lockdown. They supply to EVERY MAJOR OEM, that makes Android & WP8 phones/tablets.
59. user996 (Posts: 181; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
do not forget "hyper threading" tech on Atom
7. Jason2k13 (Posts: 639; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)
imagine what the benchmark would be if the exynos was overclocked the same as the snap600...
5. N-fanboy (Posts: 536; Member since: 12 Jan 2013)
Small difference i must say, but since this is android one will be less laggier than the other lol
48. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)
And what was the last nokia of any relevance. .. the 920/928/925 same thing right? Still, almost 3 years since WP's rebirth and no one wants one.
57. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Windows phone lags, specially on low end models , PhoneArena reviews have said it for the 610 and others but I guess people like to see the problem on others
66. rahulz (Posts: 116; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
Yes every os lags. I have experienced lags on my brothers Lumia 920 (not too frequent though)
i also own WP8(L520),sometimes it lags too
i think there's no lag free os.
but these blind fanboys can't see their device lagging.
and WP fanboys became very annoying recently.
81. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
They claim their OS is fast ad flawless but the truth is as soon as they install a lot of apps the performance declines quite a lot....
37. SleepingOz (unregistered)
Nokia fanboy, please, stop embarassing yourself on the internet and do some proper research before posting stupid comments.
58. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3880; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I love how people are still talking about lag. Wow that brings me back to 2009. lol
12. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Can we put the "more cores is better" argument to rest now? And stop pining for a marginally faster processor that's marginally slower in some tests?
17. MrPhilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
4 Core is for performance while other 4 is for battery. I thought people would know this by now.
20. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
it is, indeed, but gsmarena tested both and it turned out that snap is more power efficient. So big.LITTLE architecture doesn't work as good as it was said.
28. MrPhilo (Posts: 47; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
As I said before, Samsung messed up the drivers on big.LITTLE, this is explained on XDA by a developer named Andreilux.
65. medicci37 (Posts: 615; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Well if they ever get around 2 fixing the drivers than that statement might be relevant. Until then, looks like the Exynos isn't much better than Snapdragon
64. user996 (Posts: 181; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
A15 uses too much power to operate and A7 is too week to run smoothly. this is the answer. for optimal performance and power consumption there is made S600 with non symmetrical core architecture. that means it can even use only 1 core if needed (in power saving mode for example)
26. SleepingOz (unregistered)
big.LITTLE structure doesn't work that way.
If you want to see what the Exynos Octa has to offer through big.LITTLE MP(all 8cores running at the same time), wait for the future custom kernels from XDA recognized devs.
36. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
I stand marginally corrected then. It's not an octo-core, but rather a double-quad. And yet, if it's only using one of those processors for regular operation, isn't it all a bit misleading?
38. SleepingOz (unregistered)
It's a real octo-core! It's just not being used a such in its initial software implementations.
40. roldefol (Posts: 2859; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)
Then what's the point? So a handful of root users can enjoy it in all its octo glory while the general consumer sees no difference from a quad?
86. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
what for? if samsung releases their newest product they could make some effort to make it properly. Why should I rely on 3rd party develop[ers? Maybe samsung should hire them? We could be given a final product instead of something than may work in the future but not necessarily.
15. rahulz (Posts: 116; Member since: 25 Feb 2013)
As expected. If one outperform other customers will feel disappointed. It makes sense. that's why Samsung overclocked snapdragon 600 to 1.9ghz
16. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
hmm....looks like snap gave the exynos a run for its money.
Samsung is not as far ahead as they hoped they would be.
And what's more, according to gsmarena test, which btw. is far more professional than this one, battery life is on snap's side.
Given the pity differences between these two, I think I would pick up snap. Exynos is more feature proof, though.
53. Whateverman (Posts: 3189; Member since: 17 May 2009)
Why because he expressed himself with intelligence? I agree with him, there is very little difference between the two and three video proves it.