Samsung Galaxy Note Edge performance benchmarks


The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will certainly have its peculiar edge where the screen wraps around the phone as the biggest highlight, but after you get used to this interesting new feature, you're bound to bump into the usual questions about a device: namely, how good of a performer it really is?

Luckily, the Galaxy Note Edge is as high-end as it gets with cutting edge hardware: it is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 (APQ8084) with a quad-core Krait 450 (r3p1) CPU and Adreno 420 graphics, the same configuration one can find in the Note 4.

You also have the same load with a similarly sized 5.6" display (the 0.1" difference with the 5.7" Note 4 is compensated with the curved edge) with a Quad HD (1440 x 2560-pixel) resolution, and the same Android 4.4 KitKat with TouchWiz skin on top of it. So, with no further ado, let's jump straight to the performance benchmarks.

AnTuTu Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 48412
LG G3 30634
Sony Xperia Z3 40437
HTC One (M8) 31075
Apple iPhone 6 50888
Samsung Galaxy S5 36603
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 41185.33
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 46284
Sunspider Lower is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 828.2
LG G3 947.2
Sony Xperia Z3 863.7
HTC One (M8) 693.1
Apple iPhone 6 353.4
Samsung Galaxy S5 777.3
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1087.87
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 370.5
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 1060
LG G3 950
Sony Xperia Z3 974
HTC One (M8) 888
Apple iPhone 6 1630
Samsung Galaxy S5 944
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1112.67
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 1089
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 2891
LG G3 2545
Sony Xperia Z3 2660
HTC One (M8) 2613
Apple iPhone 6 2927
Samsung Galaxy S5 2900
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3259.67
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 3302

The results would be of no surprise of those who follow the development of Qualcomm's Krait core. The Krait 450 is the last one in the series, after three years of iterations, and before Qualcomm jumps into 64-bit waters next year. The current solution ranks fairly average in terms of single-core performance (when we compare it with the Cyclone CPU core in the Apple A8 for instance), but multi-core performance is very good, all results evident from running the Geekbench suite of tests. Looking only at the Android side of things, the Note Edge ranks at the top of the charts with AnTuTu score of 46284, on par with the best phones out there at the moment.

GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 11.2
LG G3 7.5
Sony Xperia Z3 12.5
HTC One (M8) 11
Apple iPhone 6 25.8
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.7
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 11.2
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 10
GFXBench Manhattan off-screen Higher is better
LG G3 11.4
HTC One (M8) 11.8
Apple iPhone 6 17.8
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.8
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 18.5
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 18.5
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo 27.7
LG G3 20.7
Sony Xperia Z3 29.3
HTC One (M8) 28.3
Apple iPhone 6 48.9
Samsung Galaxy S5 27.8
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 25.9
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 26.3
GFXBench T-Rex HD off-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 42.3
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge 42.3

Turning over to GPU performance, the Adreno 420 graphics in the Note Edge is a nice improvement over earlier GPUs, but it also has a heavier load to lift with that Quad HD screen resolution. Benchmarks make it evident that the Adreno 420 is powerful enough to sustain performance on about the same level as that of 1080p high-end phones with Adreno 330, and that's a good achievement. It is also practically on par with the PowerVR GPU in the iPhone 6 in offline tests, but looking at on-screen results, the iPhone pulls ahead.

All in all, the Galaxy Note Edge is similar in terms of its performance power to the Note 4 and that's not a surprise, but it's a reassuring fact that makes you feel safe that you're buying not just a fancy curved phone, but also a good performer.

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Galaxy Note Edge
  • Display 5.6" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 3.7 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, Quad-core, 2700 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)

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26 Comments

1. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I know its off topic but has anyone received android 5.0 yet? I am still waiting. Its been 2days already.

9. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

Does anybody has an idea about Note Edge's design ergonomics. I think its gonna be really annoying to use the phone with your right hand with that curved screen. Or maybe i am the only one who bothers about this curve.

19. renz4

Posts: 319; Member since: Aug 10, 2013

i also think about that

23. desijatt

Posts: 58; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

It has the same problem that Lenovo Yoga tablets have. Forced to use with one hand only. I wish they have used on screen buttons and OS could rotate upside down so that even lefties could enjoy this. But I think its just a prototype which Samsung is selling.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

lol what happened in sunspider test ? If both Note 4 and Edge have same CPU then why such a big difference ?

4. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

It's called using different browser. I will tell you exactly what 'mistake' PA did. In one phone they used Chrome, and on Edge they used the Samsung's default browser. Samsung's default browser is much more optimized than Chrome. Run SunSpider or any other javascript web benchmarks on a Samsung phone, it will *always* be faster on default browser than on Chrome. This is around normal number you get when you run the test on regular browser. Chrome will be like 2x slower. It has been the issue since last 2/3 years.

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Can someone explains how iPhone is so much faster than the rest with a gig ram,cores and clock speed? Is it because of small resolution optimization or its just better than Qualcomm and exynos? And is there any benchmark test done with xperia z3 compact???

6. whocar3s

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 28, 2014

It is because Apple build both hardware and software. And that makes iPhone's benchmark higher than the rest because of optimization

13. DBounce

Posts: 172; Member since: Apr 26, 2014

It's because iphone is not pushing a qhd screen. Look at the off-screen test where the same number of pixels can be pushed.

15. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Yah, we all do soOOoo much off screen computing. derp #no more excuses, iPhone is king

26. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

Ohh,when it was the iPhone 5S vs Note 3 it was the same bulls**t about the resolution, the iPhone 5S was faster by low resolution, now that the iPhone 6 plus has 1080p not enough because it is against quad HD! Admit it! IPhone is better in hardware and optimization that way can easily beat all android phones!

20. corymcnutt

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

Apple does NOT build its own hardware - Samsung, Qualcomm or TSMC (in China) builds their chips.

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Custom chips, they use 6 wide cores which are have much bigger than Stock A15/Krait/A57 cores so they are much more powerful.

11. wilsong17 unregistered

Does the iPhone have 500+ PpI... does the iPhone have many app running in the background like the note have

12. slh163

Posts: 140; Member since: May 19, 2014

FIRST of all Ram have noting to do with performance (only used for multi-task) SECONDLY the number of cores or the clock speed have never been an indicator for performance because A8, Qualcomm, exynos. . .have almost the same size and the same power consumption. its just the architecture who's different. for example the K1 is a duo core clocked at 2.3ghz and scored 1900 in single core almost twice as the 805 who has just scored 1000 in single core despite been clocked at 2.7ghz. but the multi-core score is almost equal despite the one is duo core and the other is quad-core. is that clear now?

17. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

It is a combination of things including: 1- lower resolution 2- light weight Os (less functionality, thus better performance) 3- more optimized chipset for the Os The chipset in the iPhone is arguably better than others (it uses much better architecture but significantly lower clock speed and only two cores), but due to the previous factors, the iPhone seems to be faster than others, although in some speed tests (real life usage), different phones were faster than the iPhone.

18. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

+1 to you sir for the most objective explanation.

22. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Thank you. People seem not to realize that. Imagine the A8 running: 1- a 1440p display at 4.7" 2- Android 5.0 Lollipop The benchmark scores would be in the toilet. But everyone is screaming how the iPhone 6 is the "king". +1 for a GREAT & extremely objective (as Droid_X_Doug said) explanation.

24. synot

Posts: 277; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

The answer is simple,Apple phones are feature phones with touch screens while Androids phones are real smartphones.Consider it this way Apple phones are like running bare footed while Android is like running in iron shoes .

3. jerrry

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Does this N915G version supports an european LTE bands and HSPA+ networks, please? Thank you for reply. I would like to buy it in Singapore, but I am not sure about the bands.

8. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I wonder how the Exynos version will fare with these benchmarks

10. dorfoz

Posts: 156; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Specs aside, this was going to be a powerful device, but, this phone is just too damn beautiful.

14. mrblah

Posts: 577; Member since: Jan 22, 2013

Forget the Edge, the iPhone whoop'd all those sissy boy phones. hahaha

21. corymcnutt

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 01, 2009

I'm glad you laughed when you said that...for a moment I thought you were serious!

25. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

Where did it exactly whoop anything? On onscreen tests? You do know most of the games out there are scalled from 720p to 1080p or whatever the target resolution and the iPhone's advantage is lost? I don't even have to mention the sissy boy phones a year from now will be running fine but the iPhone with its 1gb of ram (planned obsolescence) will start running worse with iOS 9 do i?

16. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

iPhone the best as usual!!!!!!! Very impressive!!!!!

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