Samsung GT-I9300 Galaxy S III graphics benchmark appears, poised to rule them all
The Samsung GT-I9300 Galaxy S III benchmarks were hosted for a while on GLBenchmark, left there by a careless tester. Thankfully, a tipster took a screenshot before they were taken down, and sent it to us.
With the power of deduction we concluded last week that the only possible scenario for a chipset in the Galaxy S III is the officially unannounced quad-core Exynos 4412 clocked at 1.4GHz, which apparently comes with an ARM Mali-400 GPU, but clocked at 400MHz, making it 50% faster than the current edition in the Galaxy S II.
Since we know that some of you were worried about the graphics performance with "just" a 50% boost, instead of the sexier sounding "5x the performance" of Mali T-604 that is in the Exynos 5 series for tablets, we compared the screenshot that was tipped to us with the other heavy hitters. Not all test components are filled with the non-final unit, but what's there paints quite the rosy picture.
Clocked at 400MHz+ in the next Galaxy line leader, Mali-400 delivers 50% superior performance in comparison with the GPU in the Galaxy S II, which would very well make the Galaxy S III the fastest smartphone on the market when its final version hits shelves.
The current best in Android benchmarks is destined to step aside and make way for the Galaxy S III with Exynos 4412. Both are made with the 28/32nm die shrink.
The smartphone graphics champion gets beat by a small margin in most test elements by a prototype GT-I9300 Galaxy S III, thanks to the overclocked version of Mali-400.
Both Tegra 3 in the One X and Mali-400 in the Galaxy S III have to power HD displays, but the 40nm die of the mobile GeForce graphics processor is showing its age compared to the 32nm Exynos.
A mighty quad-core PoweVR was used by Apple to supply the rendering chops for the high-resolution screen on the new iPad, which naturally beats everyone else in benchmarks, but Mali-400 in the Samsung GT-I9300 prototype holds its own very well against it too, only giving ground in some of the benchmark components.
As you can see, the results from what is likely still a prototype Galaxy S III unit, beat the current Android king Snapdragon S4, beat Tegra 3 by a large margin, take over the iPhone 4S by a tad in most GPU test components, and even hold their own against the mighty quad-core PowerVR graphics in the new iPad. Since we already heard rumors about "superlative" benchmarks from the new Exynos, we are inclined to believe the same will be true for the CPU as well.
Long story short, until we see some benchmarks from the Adreno 320 GPU in the next Snapdragon, or if the next iPhone uses the same PowerVR as the new iPad (which wouldn't make much sense), the Samsung Galaxy S III could very well rule them all in its finalized version. Therefore worries that the phone doesn't have the Cortex-A15 based Exynos 5 series inside, which has actually been developed by Samsung to power high-resolution tablets, are apparently premature.