Galaxy S4 (Exynos 5 Octa) vs Galaxy S4 (Snapdragon 600): benchmark comparison

Galaxy S4 (Exynos 5 Octa) vs Galaxy S4 (Snapdragon 600): benchmark comparison
Everyone was looking forward to a Galaxy S4 handset with Exynos 5 Octa CPU, ever since that chipset was announced. When the Galaxy S4 was later introduced, it became clear that a version of the phone with this processor will indeed exist. However, it turned out that the availability of the Exynos-powered GS4 will be much more limited than expected.

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!

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Galaxy S4
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, Quad-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2600 mAh(17h 3G talk time)



1. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 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: May 03, 2013

Those people are commenting below, haha!

31. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

So what do you prefer, lag on Exynos or lag on Snapdragon 600?

32. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

"Lag" in the video means you open an app and cannot get access immediately due to the transition effect.

62. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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: 74; Member since: Sep 26, 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: Mar 06, 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.

2. AngryAppleCustomer.

Posts: 30; Member since: May 01, 2013

Definitely can't match Apple!

6. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Are you sure that you're an angry Apple customer?

73. sum182

Posts: 229; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Would never want to, I prefer multitasking over fake performance.

113. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 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: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 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: 114; Member since: Jul 21, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: 318; Member since: Apr 07, 2013

Note3 with Exynos5 1.8-1.9GHz (Galaxy S4 exynos5 is 1.6GHz) will kill the Snapdragon 800 2.1GHz

19. rahulz

Posts: 117; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Who knows? Let wait...

29. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

It does not matter, it would still LAG. lol

46. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Yet with all that lag, everyone goes Android! Strange, huh?

51. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 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: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

That's not lag, it's just an effect Samsung decided to make way too long

103. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 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: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

22. MrPhilo

Posts: 64; Member since: Feb 25, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: 64; Member since: Feb 25, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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: 221; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

do not forget "hyper threading" tech on Atom

23. rahulz

Posts: 117; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

Who knows ? Lets wait...

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