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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 benchmarks: Snapdragon 805 vs Exynos 7 Octa

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 benchmarks: Snapdragon 805 vs Exynos 7 Octa

It's a fact that for the past several years, Samsung has been producing its flagship phones in multiple variants – one powered by its own Exynos SoC and another featuring a chip from a different supplier, usually Qualcomm. This is also the case with the company's top phablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which comes with either a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 or an octa-core Exynos 7 system-on-chip, depending on the market. Carriers in the U.S., for example, are offering the Snapdragon variant, while the Exynos model is marketed in parts of Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 benchmarks: Snapdragon 805 vs Exynos 7 Octa
On paper, the differences between the two chips are numerous. The Snapdragon 805 relies on four processing cores, while the Exynos 7 Octa features eight cores in total – two quad-core clusters, to be more specific, which can have all of their cores running at the same time if that is required. On the other hand, Qualcomm's solution can operate at much higher frequencies. Its cores tick at up to 2.7GHz, while the Exynos's high- and low-powered cores have top clock speeds of 1.9 and 1.3GHz respectively. 

But that's just the tip of the silicon iceberg. The chips rely on different GPUs – an Adreno 420 and a Mali-T760 for the Snapdragon 805 and Exynos 7 Octa respectively. Thankfully, both of them can handle QHD displays just fine, as well as OpenGL ES 3.1 and Direct3D 11.1, but variations in clock rates and architecture suggest that the GPUs may perform differently. 

The list of differences between the hardware inside the two Galaxy Note 4 variants goes on, but we're sure that theory is not what you're here for. So let's move on to the benchmark results and see if they can give us any indication as to which SoC is the better performer. 

We chose a total of 8 benchmark tools and suites to compare the Snapdragon 805 against the Exynos 7 Octa – benchmarks that test their single- and multi-core computational power, their 2D and 3D graphics capabilities, their RAM and storage speeds, and their web browsing performance. And to make the race as fair as possible for both phones, we conducted all our testing after resetting the handsets to their factory configuration. Note that the scores presented in the charts below are averages of three runs.

Processor benchmarks


One thing we can say with confidence – both the Snapdragon 805 and the Exynos 7 Octa are equipped with high-powered processors. It is a bit harder to say which one's really better, however, but it looks like the Exynos chip has the upper hand. While AnTuTu favors Qualcomm's silicon, giving it a higher score in most of its single- and multi-core tests, as well as in the UX performance category, Vellamo, Geekbench, Basemark, and PC Mark all give the Exynos 7 Octa a higher score in both their single- and multi-core tests. 

Graphics benchmarks


Here's where the Snapdragon 805 shines. During our testing, it tied or outscored the Exynos chip in all of the graphics benchmarks that we ran. These include AnTuTu's 2D and 3D graphics tests, the Basemark graphics benchmark, 3D Mark Ice Storm Unlimited, and GFX Bench's most advanced tests.  

RAM and storage benchmarks 


RAM performs faster on the Exynos 7 Octa variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, according to our benchmark results. The on-board storage, however, is equally fast on the two devices, pretty much.  

Web benchmarks


And when it comes to web browsing, the results are a mixed bag. Vellamo gives the Exynos SoC a higher score, and so does AnTuTu's HTML5 benchmark. But on the other hand, the Snapdragon 805 is faster according to Basemark and SunSpider when ran on the phone's stock browser.


But don't Samsung's phones cheat on benchmarks? – that's what some of you might point out. And while evidence suggests this might have been true in the past, the two Galaxy Note 4 models that we tested did not exhibit any suspicious behavior. One of the tricks that Samsung (and other smartphone makers, for that matter) used to boost their benchmark scores was to lock the CPU clock speed at its maximum level when a benchmark app was detected to be running. This is not the case with either of the Galaxy Note 4 variants – their clock rates are controlled dynamically, as they would be during regular use. Take the screenshots to the right as proof. The widget at the top displays the real-time CPU load and clock speed of the phones while benchmarks are running. (The Snapdragon version is on the left and the one on the right is the Exynos model.) 

Conclusion


So, which Samsung Galaxy Note 4 model has the faster SoC – the one with the Snapdragon 805, or the one with the Exynos 7 Octa? Well, it looks like they're both mighty powerful chips, but it is different areas they excel at. The Exynos 7 Octa model of the Galaxy Note 4 scored higher on raw computational scores and had faster RAM performance, which is why we'd expect faster app execution and load times from it. On the other hand, the Snapdragon 805 model dominated the graphics benchmarks, and that leads us to believe that it will be a better gaming device. Yet at the end of the day, we'd say that Samsung has done a good job ensuring that both Galaxy Note 4 models are excellent Android devices with comparable performance as neither of them stood miles ahead of the other in our tests. Regardless of which SoC powers your handset, rest assured that you're not missing out on much.



Software versions of the Galaxy Note 4 units used in this comparison:

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Snapdragon 805): Android 4.4.4 build KTU84P.N910FXXU1ANJ4
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Exynos 7 Octa): Android 4.4.4 build KTU84P.N910CXXU1ANJ4

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posted on 26 Nov 2014, 08:52 9

1. sip1995 (Posts: 1571; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


Benchmarks don't really matter in the real world....

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:00 4

4. LRSousa (Posts: 21; Member since: 20 Jun 2014)


You can't say this if you play games on your phone.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:01 6

5. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Yeah candy crush requires such many doge powers. :)

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:48 3

17. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)


what is candy crush? too lazy to remember

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:10 4

27. maherk (Posts: 3539; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


If that's the only game you play, then good for you. Still that doesn't mean that the millions out there who play Fifa, 2k games, NFS, Asphalt, Modern Combat, GTA and thousands of similar games, wouldn't mind the extra power the Note 4 brings to the table.
I recommend you to go take a deep sleep for the coming next 3-4 months untill Sony releases the Z4, better than wasting your time hating on every Samsung article.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:54

31. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


Actually I don't even play it :p I only play temple run 2 and word base. Probably those will also get boring soon.

And I didn't even hate on anything in this article so what's your problem, my friend?

posted on 27 Nov 2014, 02:51

48. livyatan (Posts: 867; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


You seen Vainglory? Or xcom enemy within?
Both games are better played via touch than with mouse and keyboard.
Vainglory looks better than by far the most popular and highest grossing(ouch) pc game (league of Legends), and Xcom enemy within is considered one of the best pc releases this year.

And I'm pretty sure the best game ever imo- GTA V - will eventually land on mobile, and play perfectly on touch (o finished San Andreas and enjoyed every bit of it). So we need every bit of GPU horsepower they give us, thank you.

Now can you go play with your pc and stop trolling mobile gaming already .
Here's a bet though - you will come back, and troll more. I guess gaming on PC isn't engaging enough for you.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:38

52. alex3run (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Are you sure that benchmarks reflect real gaming performance? ;)

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 09:37

57. hung2900 (Posts: 956; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


I'm sure it's not. On xda there are so many people reported that facing lag in games with Snapdragon version, but the Exynos version was still fine.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 08:58 12

2. Malcolm.Merlyn (Posts: 129; Member since: 28 Sep 2014)


Touchwiz will still hold this phone back. I know that touchwiz has improved a lot since the Galaxy S4 (in terms of performance) but its still a very heavy OEM skin.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 10:24 10

21. wilsong17 (unregistered)


No other phone have so many thing if you don't like it don't buy it

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 10:59 3

24. maherk (Posts: 3539; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Rooted Note 4, xposed installed, wanam, Amplify, AdFree, bunch of customization throughout the UI, and i am yet to face any lag what so ever on my phone.
Oh and it is the exynos version, based on the Samsung haters, my phone should be overheating and lagging like there is no day tomorrow!!

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:46 6

30. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1374; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


Speak for your self. An average Note 4 user will not root it and will have no idea what root even means. He she will be stuck with laggy and bloatware filled touchwiz. How do I know this? Most of people aren't tech geeks. And I know even some tech geeks who don't care rooting their phones.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 12:08 6

32. maherk (Posts: 3539; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


You're such a moron. What i meant by my comment is that even with those modifications my phone still runs as smooth as when i took it out of the box.
You're hate to a company that doesn't give a single fork about you shows how pathetic you are.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 12:09

33. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


Thankyfully 5.0 will fix some of it.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 20:37

45. DroidMystic (Posts: 83; Member since: 31 Oct 2014)


I don't think so, I'll bring more because 5.0 on Samsung is not pure the Touchwiz UI need to be adjusted to the new material design and Lollipop still not stable on is own. For sure Samsung will ruin it with the add and that Touchwiz UI.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 03:22

50. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


I was aiming at the fact that you can remove bloatware.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:40

53. alex3run (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 May 2014)


Exynos Note 4 isn't any slower than Nexus 5 or iPhone 5s. I've used them all.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:07

26. XaErO (Posts: 317; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)


+1 .. Agreed.

Note 4 is the best device in the market ..
There is just Touchwiz that blocks its true potential ..

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 08:59 1

3. SaintHelena (banned) (Posts: 397; Member since: 05 Nov 2014)


Hi Nick T,

I wonder if the exynos version have the QUALCOM QUICK CHARGING 2.0, or only the snapdragon version?

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:09

7. mitoita (Posts: 77; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


i have the exynos variant and is charging verry fast ( 1,2 hour to charge the phone from 0 to 100%) is really fast. but im disapoint in term of battery....dont last soo long.....i hopw they will relase an update

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:33

13. SaintHelena (banned) (Posts: 397; Member since: 05 Nov 2014)


Is it compatible with the qualcom quick charging 2.0 charger?

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:14

8. Nick_T (Posts: 169; Member since: 27 May 2011)


I can confirm that when connected to a 2 amp charger, both phones charge equally fast. That's when they're connected to the 5-port USB charger that I use. But I'm not sure if using their respective stock chargers instead would make any difference.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:33

12. SaintHelena (banned) (Posts: 397; Member since: 05 Nov 2014)


Nick_T

I mean the 60 WATT quick charge 2.0. Not the 10 Watt (2Amp/5Volt) quick charge 1.0

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:08 1

6. mitoita (Posts: 77; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


i have the exynos variant and is charging verry fast ( 1,2 hour to charge the phone from 0 to 100%) is really fast.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:25 1

9. Freecableguy (Posts: 42; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)


The Exynos scores from this test are way too low compared to my N910C Exynos model (and others):
forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2407781

Brand new A57/A53 ARMV8 cores, a powerful Mali T760 GPU that often matches Adreno 420 in benchmarks and according to some reviewers actually offers better in-game performance (and more consistency after long gaming sessions), 20nm HKMG, Wolfson DAC and the list goes on. It's almost a 2015 flagship launched in 2014.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:28

11. mitoita (Posts: 77; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


mine scores in antutu 50140, i have the same username

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:27 1

10. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 900; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Again and again, the Mali GPU loses again to Adreno even at 20nm. This proves that the Mali is not a very reliable GPU.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 10:53 2

23. Xenovia (Posts: 3; Member since: 26 Nov 2014)


This is only Mali-T760MP6 @700MHz
If Samsung equip this phone with Mali-T760MP16 = Instant death for Andreo

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:33 2

14. antmiu2 (Posts: 309; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)


please to a battery life test Phonearena

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:35

15. mitoita (Posts: 77; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


they do the test only for snapdragon variant.
and is strange, no droptest.....

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:04 4

25. maherk (Posts: 3539; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


My exynos Note 4's battery life was superb, then i rooted it and installed Amplify, and it is even better now. It gets me through almost 2 days now, with atleast 7hrs on screen time.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 17:02

43. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 315; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Hey maherk, could you tell me please what is your setup for Amplify? I also have a rooted Note 4 exynos version with a custom rom installed and I couldn't achieve more than 5 and 30 hours screen on time. Thanks in advance.

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 03:34

51. Gemmol (Posts: 790; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


thats pretty bad, my 1520 longest use is 4 days, avg use is 2 days before it needs to charge and i be doing all sorts of things with it, but then again i be on wifi a lot in the areas i be in, so maybe thats why the battery last longer, im sure without the wifi it probably last a day and a half

posted on 27 Nov 2014, 01:02

47. Nick_T (Posts: 169; Member since: 27 May 2011)


The difference in battery life between the two models is negligible, according to our testing.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:43

16. CreeDiddy (Posts: 667; Member since: 04 Nov 2011)


Although these scores respectable, as I don't want to hate, but both Snapdragon and Exynos are inferior to the Apple A Series CPU. My overall is 1322 within Basemark OSII on my 6 Plus.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:54 2

18. mitoita (Posts: 77; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


my note 4 with exynos scores: 1207 overall score.
you need to take in consideration the os and the screen.....the 6plus dont have qhd screen and the os is more lighter + 64 bit procesor ( os enable).

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 09:58 1

19. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


On android you get different scores all the time. Some scores can be very small and some very large. On my note 4(snapdragon) the first test on basemark os I scored and ok 1244. On the second test I scored 1474.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 14:04 1

39. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


A-Series is a year more advanced than anything Qualcomm and Samsung have right now.

Last years A7 in the 5S is still more powerful per core than Snapdragon or Exynos. And its 64bit ARMv8.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 14:40 2

40. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


You are correct cyclone and cyclone enhanced is more advanced than krait 450 and stock a57, but the a7/a8 only has two of them while s805/exynos 5433 has 4(exynos 5433 has 4 more cortex a53). Both s805 and exynos are going to perform better when the whole cpu is enabled or multicore.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 10:03 2

20. yowanvista (Posts: 340; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


The Exynos SoC also has a superior Wolfson DaC.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 10:30 1

22. alaw.14 (Posts: 227; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


PA the Note 4 only has the Mali-t760 mp6 which only 6 shader clusters not the full 16 clusters.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:13

28. Bertelgeus (banned) (Posts: 126; Member since: 15 Oct 2014)


And where are the 64bit results? oops?

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 11:35

29. Astoni (Posts: 649; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)


tbh after snapdragon 800 i don't give a sh*t about how powerful the device is since the 800 still preforms like a beast.. the only thing i would like to know is what can the new chipset DO, and BRING to the table.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 12:10

34. Taters (banned) (Posts: 6474; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


The Exynos variants always performed better from my experience. GS2 international > GS2 non bell North america. GS3 international GS3 Qualcomm s4(although the international didn't have LTE. International Alpha is way smoother than the NA SD801 variant.

Not familiar with the GS4, GS5, Note series differences because I never owned any of them but I assume it's Exynos winning across the board since its 3/3 for me so far.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 12:15

35. wumberpeb (Posts: 453; Member since: 14 Mar 2011)


So how does the Exynos outperform the Qualcomm in memory tests when the Exynos has half the memory bandwidth with its 32bit controller?

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 06:42

54. alex3run (Posts: 711; Member since: 18 May 2014)


And how does Adreno 420 outperform Mali T760 when the latter is actually faster?

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 12:17 1

36. roldefol (Posts: 4178; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Looks like a wash to me. I don't get why people keep slamming the Snapdragon. That Adreno 420 positively flies, and isn't GPU more critical when it comes to smoothness?

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 13:58

38. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


No. The GPU is basically not required for basic tasks like UI movement and opening menus and apps.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 13:57 1

37. strudelz100 (Posts: 644; Member since: 20 Aug 2014)


Retest once Exynos Note 4 gets 64 bit Lollipop that can use ARMv8 instructions.

It's why Snapdragon is obsolete. It's fine for now, but for anyone using 32bit cores; you are not getting the fastest and best working version of Android from now on.

What's the deal anyways? Snapdragon's 810 are Stock ARM cores just like Exynos and Mediatek are releasing. There will be almost no difference between their performance.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 16:01 1

42. roldefol (Posts: 4178; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


You've just described pretty much every innovation in Android SoC. Something faster is always on the horizon. But the way you phrase it, every 32 bit phone will be obsolete in just a few months. The existence of quad core phones didn't render 6 month old dual core phones obsolete. They were better, but it wasn't a quantum leap.

Google has always chosen what it deemed the state of the art to power the Nexus. If they really wanted to push 64 bit to developers, they wouldn't have put an S805 in the 6. You're not wrong about the long term advantages of 64 bit, but obsolete? Hardly.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 14:44 3

41. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 985; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Very happy with my Snapdragon 805 Note 4 beast! :D

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 20:00

44. chloeblack (Posts: 16; Member since: 18 Nov 2014)


It seems that Samsung wanes this year compared with Apple.

posted on 26 Nov 2014, 20:38

46. fzacek (Posts: 2486; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


Graphics performance is more important for the Note 4's QHD display IMO...

posted on 27 Nov 2014, 16:08

49. p00tis (Posts: 12; Member since: 07 Nov 2014)


iPhone 6 > Galaxy Note 4

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 07:18

55. Iamnofanboy (Posts: 14; Member since: 08 Jul 2014)


Imagine if it ever had an Nvidia Tegra K1 (64 bit).
But still "Note 4 FTW"....????

posted on 29 Nov 2014, 09:15

58. roldefol (Posts: 4178; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


By putting a Tegra in the Nexus 7&9 but a Snapdragon in the 5&6, what is Google saying about the SoC market?

posted on 28 Nov 2014, 07:53

56. shinywindow (unregistered)


Lg ftw. Krapple ftl.

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 20:47

59. jcass5467 (unregistered)


People who experience lag on today's flagship phones should just get an iphone, people said the lg g3 lags as well and mine doesn't slow down one bit or lag ever and that because I know how to maintain an android phone people that don't will experience the little lag but then complain when it lags 1/100 of a second should just get an iphone even though they lag too

posted on 02 Dec 2014, 21:13

60. jcass5467 (unregistered)


And the difference between both SoCs is so little that the human eye and brain can't tell the difference so what does it matter ?

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