Benchmark comparison: Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S III vs Note 2 vs Optimus G Pro vs Nexus 4 vs HTC One

Benchmark comparison: Galaxy S4 vs Galaxy S III vs Note 2 vs Optimus G Pro vs Nexus 4 vs HTC One
What could be more exciting than a benchmark comparison starring six of the best smartphones in the world?! Well, a lot of things, probably... but NOT when one of these smartphones is the one and only Galaxy S4 (Snapdragon 600 version)! It's not really a secret that the GS4 is an amazing performer when it comes to benchmarks, but hey, it never hurts to give some perspective to its scores by comparing it to more and more Android smartphones. That's exactly what we've done here, so behold – the Galaxy S4 torches those benchmarks alongside the GS III, Note 2, Optimus G Pro, Nexus 4, and its biggest rival, the HTC One.

But, there is one 'but'. We planned to use the following benchmark apps for this test: Quadrant Standard, AnTuTu, Vellamo, GLBenchmark 2.5, GLBenchmark 2.7 and the brand new 3DMark. Unfortunately, it turns out that 3DMark doesn't support the Galaxy S4 yet, and it's also having issues with the Galaxy S III, so, sadly, we cannot report any 3DMark scores for those devices. Still, we've run the test on all the other smartphones participating in this prestigious contest, just to see what happens.

GLBenchmark 2.5: Egypt HD

It's true that there's GLBenchmark 2.7 already, but we guess a lot of folks are yet to to update to the newest version, so we decided to play it safe and run the good old GLBenchmark 2.5. More specifically, we ran the popular Egypt HD onscreen test. The Galaxy S4 proved to be an excellent performer here, achieving an average frame rate of 40. Probably thanks to its lower, 720p resolution, though, the Nexus 4 managed to get a superior score of 44 fps. The HTC One, which is also one of the major contenders here, claimed the third place with 32 fps, but once again, we should keep in mind that, like the GS4, it's equipped with a 1080p screen, so the job of its Snapdragon 600 is a significantly harder than that of the Nexus 4's Snapdragon S4 Pro.

GLBenchmark 2.7: T-Rex HD

Running the newest GLBenchmark and its T-Rex HD onscreen test, we observe a similar situation with the Nexus 4 confidently taking the lead, thanks to its 720p screen. The Galaxy S4 is once again the fastest handset with a 1080p screen, followed by the HTC One. We should note that the Optimus G Pro, which also has a 1080p screen and the Snapdragon 600 CPU, is not far behind the leaders and manages to retain a stable FPS most of the time.

Quadrant Standard

The Quadrant Standard test may not be anything spectacular, especially when compared to tests like GLBenchmark and 3DMark, but it's still one of the most popular benchmarks out there. Here we see the Galaxy S4 show its superiority over all, but with only a marginal advantage over its rival, the HTC One. The Optimus G Pro performed almost as well in this test, as its result was just under 12000. The Nexus 4, which led the charts in the previous tests, has now fallen to a much more modest level.


Another system-oriented benchmark, AnTuTu confirms our observations from Quadrant. The Galaxy S4 and HTC One are the definite leaders here, with the One managing to squeeze a slightly better result: 23529 versus the GS4's 23391. Once again, the Snapdragon 600-powered LG Optimus G Pro takes the comfortable third place, though it makes us wonder why it doesn't achieve a more convincing victory over the handsets with inferior hardware. Also, why isn't it closer to the GS4 and One, which are powered by the same silicon? Most handsets perform well in this test, though we can't help but notice that the Galaxy S III has been last in all tests thus far. Isn't it amazing how last year's fastest phone is this year's slowest one?


Vellamo is a great suite of tests separately measuring HTML5 and 'Metal' performance, with the latter being hardware-related stuff like CPU and graphics. In terms of HTML5, the Optimus G Pro managed to take the cake for some reason, with the HTC One staying close behind. The Galaxy S4 qualified for the third place here, and the Nexus 4, which proved to be quite impressive in terms of computing power, has finished last with a shameful sub-1500 score.

Things got back to normal in the Metal part of the Vellamo benchmark, where the HTC One managed to edge the GS4 for the first place.

3DMark: Ice Storm Extreme

As it's a very popular PC benchmark software, we're quite excited to see 3DMark's arrival in the mobile space. The app comes with two tests: Ice Storm and Ice Storm Extreme. Always wanting to push things to the extreme, we naturally decided to go with Ice Storm Extreme, confident that the smartphones we've lined up here have all the necessary horsepower for the test. Unfortunately, it turned out that the app isn't really compatible with the Galaxy S4 and S III, so those devices had to sit this one out. 3DMark breaks the score down to three categories: Ice Storm Extreme, Graphics test and Physics test.

Thanks to its lower resolution and decent hardware, the Nexus 4 got the best result in the ISE test, but very closely followed by the HTC One. We guess that if the Galaxy S4 could run the test, it would have about the same score as the Nexus 4. Things are almost identical as far as the graphics test is concerned, and finally, it's the Nexus 4 which got the first place in the physics test, though the Note II suddenly decided to mash the Nitro button and finished with an almost identical score. Once again, the Optimus G Pro showed that it may not be the fastest phone around, but it certainly knows how to achieve consistently strong results.


Overall, this extensive benchmark test confirmed our expectations that the Samsung Galaxy S4 is probably the fastest phone around, at least when it comes to synthetic benchmarks. Most of the times, it's rivaled by the HTC One, and sometimes it's even beaten by HTC's finest, but those occasions aren't very often. The Optimus G Pro, the third handset here with a Snapdragon 600 CPU, achieved consistently good results, but it looks like LG hasn't done enough work in the software optimization department. As a result, the G Pro is always inferior to its opponents, except for the HTML5 test.

Thanks to its 720p resolution, the Google Nexus 4 by LG actually treats us to even better frame-rates than the GS4 and the One, so those rocking a Nexus 4 shouldn't be getting worried about the performance of their handset anytime soon. Sure, you won't be getting the super-fine looks present with the smartphones sporting 1080p screen, but at least everything will run smoothly. That is not really the case when it comes to the Note II and especially the Galaxy S III. Samsung's last-year top smartphone and top phablet tend to be noticeably slower than the competition, which is to be expected considering their older hardware. However, that's only if you are after the very best that is available on the mobile market. For the time being, you'll probably be just fine with the GS III or Note II, which are still capable of running all games and apps without a problem. In the near future, though, you might start to feel that your device is falling behind the curve.



1. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

S4 rules.. King of all kings..

3. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

benchmarks aren't everything....

14. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

True and I think gs4 will perform much more better than other competitors(HTC one) despite of these competitive benchmarks with HTC..

21. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I expect so... My doubt is that with gazillion of sensors and a 1080p display which consumes the battery juice 8 times faster than other LCD displays while showing white colors, will it last long enough for a day? ... lets hope it performs well...

25. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You can see the battery review of s4 on gsmarena.. Its best compared to all.. But HTC one wins in Web browsing category by small margin..

35. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

they set the display of the both phones to maximum brightness while running web browsing tests. If you see the display review of s4 on gsmarena, you will know that 70% of brightness level of HTC One equals the 100% brightness of S4. That's an unfair advantage given to galaxy s4 over HTC One. So, In real world usage the battery performance of HTC one will be so much better!!

45. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Okay.. I didn't think that way though.. I got your point but I won't judge until I check both by myself..your point is creditable :).. But still carrying an extra battery for s4 may not be much heavy for many users..

54. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

Not to mention its expandable memory storage, latest jelly bean, etc.. S4 is a great device... My point was it should not only be judged by some artificial benchmarks..

122. geodude074

Posts: 99; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

I broke it down for you guys, trying to be as unbiased as possible. Egypt T-Rex QS AnTuTu HTML5 Metal ISE Graphics Physics Total S4 5 5 6 5 4 5 5 5 3 43 S3 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 3 3 16 Note 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 3 5 28 G Pro 3 3 4 4 6 4 3 4 4 35 N4 6 6 2 2 1 2 6 6 6 37 One 4 4 5 6 5 6 5 5 3 43 The S4 and the HTC One are tied with 43 points. The Nexus 4 and the Optimus G Pro are similar, with the Nexus 4 edging out by 2 points. The Note finishes 5th with 28 points. The S3 comes last with 16 points.

18. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

Haha .so true & in most of the cases s4 got its ass plastic!

22. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Lol.. That was just the snapdragon version and still they win.. Haters will cry when the comparison is done with exynos version..

81. yudi.nemesis unregistered

haters will lough when the comparison is done with S800 or TEGRA 4

138. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

That would be the time for note 3 to come by then.. :)

143. yudi.nemesis unregistered

haha you can't read my comment i am talking about processor no matter what the device S800 or TEGRA 4 is better than Exynos 5 octa

153. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I am talking about the processor.. Sammy will definitely keep exynos octa clocked in such a way in note 3 that will again be on the top.. I don't think s800 or tegra 4 will beat the upgraded version of exynos 5octa that would be on note 3 but I think apple's a7 would be great.. By that time A7 and note 3's octa would always be on hot news..

158. yudi.nemesis unregistered

clocked in such a way hmm... Please open your eyes and accept the reality!!! On antutu Exynos 5 octa clocked at 1.8 GHz scored 27000+ Tegra 4 with max clock speed 1.9 GHz is scored 36000+ just imagine how fast if Tegra 4 have higher clock speed the only hot news is when S800 or Tegra 4 beat samsung 8 core

38. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

and again, cheap plastic.. can u educate urself that polycarbonate is better than aluminum and glass (coz sapphire isnt yet available in handsets)!!, hatred really starts to bloom so humongous after losing smartphone battles in reviews,,

31. wendygarett unregistered

benchmark aren't everything? Are you sourgraping? enjoy your inferior HTC one...

36. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You are already back to Samsung :p.. I thought you disliked the s4 :p..

43. sheik

Posts: 249; Member since: Sep 12, 2012

I dont have a HTC one to enjoy, and i dont support htc One you $tup!d troll. If you ask any tech nerd they will tell you that a under clocked single core Windows phone(with a poor benchmark score of course) will perform so much smoother than a higher clocker dual core android counterparts. Its all about optimization now...

50. iushnt

Posts: 3138; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

I prefer s4 because I believe that Samsung has optimized it very well.. And I doubt HTC one in this department.. But who knows things can be opposite than what I feel..

61. wendygarett unregistered

This is just a gross result, please ask pa to trim away all the ui in every phone and make it stock android and see, galaxy s4 for sure will crush HTC one and nexus 4!!!

116. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

The S4 in the benchmark is running the same processor as the HTC One. If we are to put stock Android on it... I'm sure the performance will be roughly the same, S4 probably wins by a bit due to higher clock. I probably won't say the same if the S4 was the 8 core version, but then again, there has been rumors/facts that not all 8 cores runs at once. What made S4 really stand out this year from S3 is the software.

186. ankitp

Posts: 138; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

u seems to b paid by samsung for negative comments

63. bojan

Posts: 188; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

benchmarks are which company pay more money.

66. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

Neither are looks.

55. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

you have to look to all aspects before claiming that S4 is the king.

75. chistoefurpuffer

Posts: 140; Member since: Mar 11, 2013

I for one did, and clearly it is.

82. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i doubt...i smell fanboyism ....

104. kclgphilsbsa

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 21, 2013

u smell more like a fanboy as what ive observed from ur past comments.. dealing with reviews and saying the different side of the results are more biased..

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