Galaxy S6 tops 'real life' speed tests against other flagships and the Zenfone 2

Galaxy S6 tops 'real life' speed tests against other flagships and the Zenfone 2
From video editing, through Wi-Fi speeds, to camera app start and synthetic benchmarks - the current season flagships have been put to the test, and there can only be one topping the charts. Can you guess which one? Why, the beast with the 14nm Exynos 7420 chipset, of course, Samsung's Galaxy S6. Out of nine tests in total, it ranked first in six of them, and second in two, while taking a third place only in one.

The Galaxy S6 might have obliterated both the synthetic and the "real life" tests below, with runner-ups the LG G4 and iPhone 6, but the biggest surprise is perhaps the humble $300 Asus Zenfone 2 with its Intel Atom processing power. It might be ranking towards the bottom of the spectrum in synthetic benchmarks, but in things that actually affect your everyday interaction, like app and camera load times, it is sitting comfortable in the middle, leaving phones like the One M9 and Nexus 6 behind it. Granted, we are talking the Zenfone 2 model with 4 GB of RAM here, but still. Take a look at the results below, and tell us which one would you pick.

source: Tom's Guide

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134 Comments

1. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Not really a surprise actually

5. Pinocchio

Posts: 141; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

Samsung is pretty cool. Truly innovative tech company...

177. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Truly innovative tech company?... How about Apple a phone with 2012 specs coming in SECOND?

18. hotelman2

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 24, 2015

not a surprise comparing an almost 1 year old released phone to just released ones. nice job samsuckarena

22. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

6 months older than S6.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The S6 is six months newer than the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6s will be six months newer than the S6 when it debuts. Somehow I think that six months won't be as important as the other six months to the diehards.

34. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If the S5 was in this text it would still beat the iPhone 6 in at least 50% of the tests. The iPhone 6 yes is physically 6 months old, but it can't win using 2 year old hardware. The iPhone 6 was out date by 2 years on release day. The S6 out dates it by 2 years and 6 months. That, and iOS8 is just the iPhone OS with a new

50. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

And yet it outperformed three of the competing devices...

56. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes because all other Android phone mostly suck. They aren't doing to their phones what Samsung does. That is why Samsung sells 1/3 of Android phones.

97. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Don't get me wrong, I love Android but the reason the S6 won here is because its using sheer brute force (fastest mobile chipset available) and top of the line memory (ufs 2.0). Equip any other phone with these and they'll outperform the S6. And your claim about the S5 beating the iPhone 6 is wrong, I can link multiple YouTube videos to prove this. The S5 didn't perform well against its other Android counterparts (HTC, LG, Nexus) but the S6 is in a league of its own

100. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Didn't you hear? The Note "3" and Galaxy S5 will also beat the HTC M9 and Nexus 6.

105. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I think this is not about months but available technology. If you release a phone just one day before a new generation technology is available such as faster RAM or Memory, the newly released phone is an old generation phone. Following this logic, the iPhone 6 is an old generation phone (even though the latest iPhone model) that has to compete with a new generation handset. The most interesting comparison will be between phones with the same generation of technology. Galaxy S6 vs iPhone 6s.

133. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

That's rationalizing. There's constantly new tech coming out. Every phone is last generation within a couple of months. You compare a device to whatever else is available at the time.

158. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 673; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I agree but you have to admit that this year the technology made a larger jump in two fundamental areas. RAM: DDR3 to DDR4 (DDR3 was the standard for 8 years) Memory: UFS1.1 to UFS2.0 --> 80% faster read, 25% faster write These upgrades will stay with us for many years now so that one can conclude that 2015 was an exceptional update year. Changes for CPU were nothing special this year and are within the normal update range.

168. Alex11092

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 25, 2015

You are right but will apple use that new technology its not our fault apple sticks with old tech.camera, RAM,Screen technology. Expandable memory etc. Just last week I went up for an upgrade and was so close to trying out and iPhone 6 but hey only had the 16GB avialable so I went with the SG6 and by far the best phone I have used and why is that because it does use all the new technology thats innovation create new tech for its products and that's something apple has stopped doing since it knows it has people drooling. Face it people apple is good but it will always be behind unless it comes up with some new tech. Of its own for the next iPhone

54. gaming64 unregistered

Go away. Nobody needs racist stupid mindless brutes like you infecting this site with your stupidity.

86. waddup121 unregistered

NO SURPISEEE

2. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

the s6 is pretty much the best speced phone to date. lets see that performance the iphone 6s/+ can offer with the note 5 on the way, the other phones are pretty subpar due to snapdragon with its inferior chipset and problems.

3. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Yea if there werent overheating and throttling issue with 810 M9 could come pretty close to S6

4. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Bobby is still in his cave,rubbing some butthurt cream..

6. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Ummm.....the iPhone is pushing a year old. Now about those sales....

10. sam3k

Posts: 130; Member since: May 02, 2013

Lol you sheep's are all the same, when your getting your ass kick the only other thing you can wine about is sales number, like any of apple's money is yours!!!

20. hotelman2

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 24, 2015

ahh stfu idiot! why don't u f**king wait for iph6s to make a fair competition then samsung fanboys?

24. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Take some chill pills m8

25. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

@hotelman2 iphone 6 is 6 months older than S6 and iphone 6S will be 6 months newer, so no fair competition is ever possible.

28. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Why would that be more hair than this? The iPhone 6 is half a year older than the GS6. The GS6 will be half a year older than the iPhone 6s when it comes out. It's exactly the same comparison,. Oh, I get it. It's more fair because Apple.

43. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I will make a bet with you. The iPhone 6S will still get its ass handed to it by the present S6. Look fool, the iPhone 6 was beat by the S5 which is a 1 year old phone with similar specs. The Note 3 is nearly 2 years old and be at s the 6 Plus still, especially in battery rundown tests. The iPhone hasn't been top dog since the GS3, and it's never going to be again. I don't care how many they sell.

46. bucky

Posts: 3776; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

lol please dont mention the s5. Mine needs to be restarted a few times a week to avoid me throwing it against the wall. Luckily, im pushing and testing the note 4's now that their price has dropped.

66. gaming64 unregistered

iPhone hasn't been the top dog since the 5s was released. I think it was the best phone of 2013. 2014 was the year Apple became rotten. iOS 8 and the stupid new iPhones contributed to that.

74. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No ones getting their a$$ kicked on a tech site dude, that happens in the real world. Speaking of the real world, ask any for profit company on earth, would they want to have Apples sales, fanbase, and global market cap position. Money is the bottom line for all of em dude, make no mistake about that. Continued strong sales of a product, speaks volumes about it quality dependability, trustworthiness. We know the iPhone isn't spec'd or as fancy software wise as some others, but the overall product, and eco system can't be topped. It can be matched, but not topped.

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