Samsung Galaxy Note 7 benchmarks: we ran a few on the test unit, it's still a beast

So, the Galaxy Note 7 was announced yesterday and, in a cool twist, at the end of the event Samsung quickly transformed the stage where DJ Koh was standing just 40 minutes earlier into a media test area, where we got to play with the cool new toys. Of course, after taking some quick snaps of the shiny Note 7 variants, we also snuck in a few benchmark tests to see if the handset does any different than its Galaxy S7 and S7 edge counterparts.

For the most part, we can see the Note 7 is performing similarly to the S series from earlier this year. Makes sense, as it rocks the same hardware – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC (Exynos 8890 on international models) and 4 GB of RAM. On GFX Bench's T-Rex and Manhattan, the Note 7 scored pretty much the same as the S7 before it. However, on AnTuTu it earned 9,000 more points than the regular-sized flagship recorded when we tested it, for a total of 145,000 points — pretty much among the best Android has to offer. Still, it does get beaten on a couple of fronts by recently released competitor Moto Z Droid, and Apple's gargantuan iPhone 6s Plus.

Of course, we will run the same benchmarks multiple times when we get an actual retail Note 7 in our hands, so that we can get a better, more consistent result. For now, we can attribute the fact that the Note 7 did so well in AnTuTu, compared to the S7, to better software optimizations and possibly more room for cooling inside the phablet's slightly larger body.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 116036.33
Samsung Galaxy S7 136695
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 58664
Motorola Moto Z Droid Edition 130195
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 53
Samsung Galaxy S7 53
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 59
Motorola Moto Z Droid Edition 58
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 15
Samsung Galaxy S7 29
Apple iPhone 6s Plus 38.4
Motorola Moto Z Droid Edition 30

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. twens

Posts: 1182; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Apple has made me care less about benchmarks. Just release the phone already. My money is ready.

26. techguy89

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 04, 2016

Except they do score very well on benchmarks, in fact even on top most of the time.

2. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1841; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Now that I pre-ordered the note 7, I'm ready for S8 news and leaks!

3. chaosnightmare

Posts: 182; Member since: May 20, 2010

Now that it's possible you should reduce the resolution to 1080p before running Manhattan and T-Rex so we can see the real results against the iphone 6s plus.

6. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

They just need to add off-screen tests and thats it

9. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude, a new iPhone will be out in a month. Speaking of iPhone, Samsung has released 3 flagships since the 6s/plus release and it's still holding its own. With that said, you will never see any benefit in the real world either way. It's a d*** sizing contest at this point.

10. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No it's not, only on single score, no good for android phones If it was running android it do very bad in any tests

19. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"If it was running android it do very bad in any tests" But it's NOT Android now is it?

27. techguy89

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 04, 2016

GFXBench has off screen tests rendered at 1080p on their website. Taken from GFX bench website Manhattan 1080p (median scores): T-rex 1080p (median scores) Galaxy S7 (SD 820) 46.5 FPS 82.3 Galaxy S7 (Exynos) 37.5 80.8 iPhone 6s Plus 38.1 77.1

4. BradyCrack

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 29, 2015

It look great on paper. Can't wait to see some real life tests.

5. iFanatic

Posts: 37; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I think there is something wrong with the iPhone 6s Plus tested here.. My iPhone 6 Plus (no s) scored 80k+ on AnTuTu.

7. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

They were using Antutu 5 on iPhone so thats why. Either way Antutu is a crap benchmark

12. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

you've got a FAKE iphone 6 plus..LOL..just kidding

16. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Ifanatic think you are late here. Phonearena has been showing 58000 score of iPhone 6s Plus on antutu for ever, and this is the third time I am clarifying this to someone. I have requested them to correct it twice before but they never listened, so yeah, it's a huge mistake from their team!

22. SteveS

Posts: 51; Member since: Oct 15, 2013

Agreed. There iPhone scores are ridiculously inaccurate. I just ran a quick test on my iPhone 6s with lots of other apps running in the background just to get a ballpark estimate. It scored 134029. What's funnier is that Phonearena ran a story back in January which declared how the iPhone 6s smashes the competition in the Antutu benchmark and they show it scoring 132620. Whoever ran this story failed the common sense test.

24. techguy89

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 04, 2016

Yeah what is up with their score? Obviously they used the older version of Antutu and they're too DUMB to realize that the iPhone 6s Plus scores lower than the iPhone 6 Plus from two years ago haha. Really misleading to people that don't know their stuff though.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Meh, its like a circle tbh.. The iphone 7+ comes out and beats the galaxy and vice vasa. So much for benchmarks

11. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Does it, low res screen and 2 core CPU for a limited OS,

13. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The processor on the iPhone 7 will have a better GPU than the Processor on the Note 7.

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

J2001m sorry to say but you have much to learn about cores!

20. Veteater

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 04, 2015


14. tedkord

Posts: 17452; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And they're all more than fast enough to do pretty much anything you need a phone to do.

15. DrakenFX

Posts: 19; Member since: Feb 05, 2016

Really 145k Antutu score for note 7 ... I get 142k up to 146k with Axon 7...haven't done with others benchmarks but I'll do

18. aman5mathur

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Just add oneplus 3 on the list and enjoy!

21. Veteater

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 04, 2015

Yes, and count the Moto Z in too.

23. yafff

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 04, 2016

On my iPhone 6s plus Antutu shows 142120. The text of the article to be underestimated indications for iPhone 6s plus.

25. techguy89

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 04, 2016

Phone Arena, you need to listen to everyone that is trying to tell you that your Antutu scores graph for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are in fact wrong and misleading. You are testing the Note7 on Antutu 6 and iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were CLEARLY being tested on Antutu 5 which had considerably lower scores on ALL devices. iPhone 6s/ 6s Plus scores approximately 130k in Antutu 6.0 so please fix this enormous error in your benchmarks to not make yourselves look foolish.

28. Shadocx4

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Wtf how did the Moto Z get that much FPS at the same resolution as the Galaxy S7 Edge and Note 7, all the things about 1440x2560 resolution were lies ?

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