Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (with Exynos 5433) benchmarks surface: see how it compares with iPhone 6

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is expected to enter a fierce competition with the newly launched iPhone 6 Plus, but while it will be a couple more weeks until the Note 4 arrives on store shelves in the middle of October, the first benchmarks of the device have already leaked out.

In particular, we’re looking at the first benchmarks for the Exynos 5433 version of the Note 4. Note that this is the version that will be distributed mostly in Asia, while Western markets and the United States will get the Snapdragon 805 Note 4 model.

With this in mind, we should say that the Exynos 5433 model has one important advantage - unlike the 32-bit Snapdragon 805, Samsung’s own SoC is ARMv8 compatible and can run in 64-bit-mode as well, so it will in fact benefit from the full range of improvements coming with Android L and the ART runtime in particular.

Samsung is using an ARM processor license and has equipped the Exynos 5433 with four low-power Cortex A53 cores and four performance-driven Cortex A57 cores in a big.LITTLE setup. Speeds reach up to 1.3GHz on the A53s, and 1.9GHz on the A57s, and the whole SoC is layed out in the 20nm manufacturing process. Looking a bit deeper at the performance A57 core, you’d see that it is in fact a glorified A15 with a 3-issue width and a deep, 15-stage pipeline. In reality, you should expect a 20% to 30% increase in 32-bit performance over Cortex A15s, and even larger gains on 64-bit.

It’s time to put all those claims to the test, and these leaked benchmarks to exactly that. Take a look at the leaked benchmark results below. We’ve compared the results to our own preliminary benchmarks of the Note 4, and the results seem realistic to expectations.

From the CPU-centric benchmarks like Sunspider, Browsermark, and Geekbench, you can see a very clear improvement in the double percentage digits. Comparisons with the iPhone 6 are inevitable, so we’ll leave the iPhone 6 benchmark scores for contrast below (the iPhone 6 scores are not in the images, but we've added them for comparison in the text to the slides):

The performance of the Mali T-760 GPU is definitely impressive, but the demanding Quad HD (1440 x 2560-pixel) resolution takes its toll when it comes to on-screen results, and you can see how the Note 4 actually trails behind even the Note 3 in those terms. 

Apple’s arch-rival benefits most from its comparatively low resolution and scores nearly double the on-screen benchmark results. It’s a trade-off: you get a higher-resolution screen (the benefits of which are explained here), but you lose performance.

We leave you with our own preliminary Note 4 benchmark results from IFA 2014 as a comparison point right below. With all these benchmarks out, completing the picture on the Note 4, what are your thoughts about the upcoming gadget: are you happy with its performance? 

Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 1177
HTC One (M8) 1171
LG G3 1322
Samsung Galaxy S5 1186
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 1214
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1230.33
Vellamo Browser Higher is better
HTC One (M8) 3657
Samsung Galaxy S5 3479
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 2310
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3041
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 29.1
HTC One (M8) 28.3
LG G3 20.7
Samsung Galaxy S5 27.8
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 26
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 25.9
Apple iPhone 6 48.9
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Sony Xperia Z2 12.4
HTC One (M8) 11
LG G3 7.5
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.7
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 9.77
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 11.2
Apple iPhone 6 25.8

via G4Games

Related phones

Galaxy Note 4
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 1900 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3220 mAh(20h 3G talk time)



1. hateftotti

Posts: 232; Member since: May 03, 2011

Truly beast...

9. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Want to see a comparison between Z3compact and iPhone 6.

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

1440p Vs. 750p... Imagine Samsung's Exynos 5433 processor on a 750p screen... (Insane domination) Imagine Apple's A8 running on a 1440p screen... (Super lackluster at best) See what I am saying, these benchmarks are GREAT for a 1440p screen.... These comparisons are really apples vs oranges.

17. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

perhaps a comparison with the next gen iPad will satisfy you.

20. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You realize that the Note 4 STILL has more pixels than the current iPad right? Will the new iPad have more pixels?

66. quickweevil

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 21, 2011

The Note 4 only has 14% more pixels than an iPad. We will see if it's really 14% faster...

121. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No he doesn't, because he blinded by Apple. He thinks Apple is just better.

46. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Different throttle limits and parameters. You can't compare tablets with phones. The best comparison we will have is note 4 vs iphone 6 plus unfortunately . But we all know who us going to win that. What simeone should do is get touchwiz running in the 6 plus and get the note 4 running iOS 8 and use an external 2k monitor to run all the tests.

22. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

You hit the nail on the head, androidevo. They won't put the iPhone 6plus against it which would be way more suitable (since they compared the 6+ to the note 3).. Cause OBVIOUSLY a phone with a higher resolution at 1080p I.e 6+ would fail in every bench mark competitively cause it has the same cpu/GPU as i6

31. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

It's typical Apple manipulation. Apple knows its iPhone 6 will bench better than the iPhone 6 Plus so that's why they only post the iPhone 6 scores. Samsung is making beast phones with beast processors. I would love to see the numbers of the Exynos 5433 that is in the Note 4 on a 1080p screen... lol +1

50. Twisted247

Posts: 282; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Phonearena put these up, they have 6+ specs they chose not to post.. Lmao Apparently you cannot speak freely or you'll get banned putting a certain vowel in front of phonearena, gets a ban ( and I'll give you a clue it's not a,e,o, or u)

61. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

lolololololololololololololololol +1

82. Malcolm.Merlyn

Posts: 160; Member since: Sep 28, 2014

Sure! beast phones with such horrible beastly software that completely outweighs the effect of the better hardware.

71. frickingphil unregistered

Uh, the off-screen benchmark scores are the only ones you should be comparing, because it levels the playing field by rendering to a 1080p frame offscreen, regardless of the device's actual screen resolution. That way, you can make a fair comparison between the GPUs. The A8's GPU scores 2384 on offscreen, compared to the Exynos pulling 2112. So your statement should be reversed, as the A8 is the more powerful GPU...

102. asun2

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 03, 2014

You do realize these are PROCESSOR BENCHMARKS!!! Based on the PROCESSOR alone.

107. kristoferallen

Posts: 99; Member since: Jun 23, 2010

Wtf are you guys even talking about? The iPhone 6 isn't even in the benchmarks. The only thing there is the iPhone 5s. What is with this article? The only benchmark with the iPhone 6 is the last 2 from their own benchmarks... All of this makes absolutely no sense.

30. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

U can never compare THE NOTE against the iPhone.

35. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

everyone noted :P

41. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Yeah, a dual core device vs a quad core. Cant believe iPhone is still in par with the cheap Note 4

45. neyabby

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

The note 4 so cheap. Why is apple using the same big design? Apples 6, has issues already. Overheating, bending, etc.. If the note 4 is anything like the note 3, then I'm a buyer. If history repeats in self, then iPhone will sink once more

85. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Same big design??? The designs are extremely different from one another.

81. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

not to mention it's 1gb ram and it's #bendgate

114. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

The 6+ costs $749, the 6 costs $649. The Galaxy Note 4 is $749. Galaxy Note 4: Flagship specs How is that considered "cheap"?

119. macguy3135

Posts: 6; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

Your profile pic made me die a slow and painful death

73. vincelongman

Posts: 5724; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also 1440p vs 750p (almost 4x difference in pixels) Lot of people are saying 1440p is a waste, but 1440p is need for VR, actually 1440p still isn't enough for VR, 4K is need for VR Samsung should just allow users to change the resolution rendered to 1080p/900p/720p Like what the devs do on the consoles when they have framerate issues I know Nvidia allow users to do that on the new Shield Tablet

115. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Yes! I agree with the second part, they of course should allow users to change the rendered resolution.

38. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Lets not forget how Samsung cheats on benchmarks.

83. The-Sailor-Man

Posts: 1095; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Let's not forget that this myth-lie was created by the Apple's employee iAnand(tech). Later he confess that Samsung is not doing anything different than the others OEMs at this time.

84. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

It was found in the code. Samsung was using a whitelist of apps that gets boosted. They finally removed it or made it harder to find :)

95. ph00ny

Posts: 2055; Member since: May 26, 2011

Except they werent boosting beyond the advertised spec and some nonbenchmark apps were hitting those parameters. Just saying. Its not like settings that impact scores arent turned off prior to running the benchmark since its identical to trying to see what the device can do at its full potential rather than seeing how it does with as is settting with power saving features all turned on

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