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.

AnTuTuHigher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo48412
LG G330634
Sony Xperia Z340437
HTC One(M8)31075
Apple iPhone 650888
Samsung Galaxy S536603
Samsung Galaxy Note441185.33
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge46284
SunspiderLower is better
Motorola DROID Turbo828.2
LG G3947.2
Sony Xperia Z3863.7
HTC One(M8)693.1
Apple iPhone 6353.4
Samsung Galaxy S5777.3
Samsung Galaxy Note41087.87
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge370.5
Geekbench 3 single-coreHigher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo1060
LG G3950
Sony Xperia Z3974
HTC One(M8)888
Apple iPhone 61630
Samsung Galaxy S5944
Samsung Galaxy Note41112.67
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge1089
Geekbench 3 multi-coreHigher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo2891
LG G32545
Sony Xperia Z32660
HTC One(M8)2613
Apple iPhone 62927
Samsung Galaxy S52900
Samsung Galaxy Note43259.67
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge3302

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-screenHigher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo11.2
LG G37.5
Sony Xperia Z312.5
HTC One(M8)11
Apple iPhone 625.8
Samsung Galaxy S511.7
Samsung Galaxy Note411.2
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge10
GFXBench Manhattan off-screenHigher is better
LG G311.4
HTC One(M8)11.8
Apple iPhone 617.8
Samsung Galaxy S511.8
Samsung Galaxy Note418.5
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge18.5
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screenHigher is better
Motorola DROID Turbo27.7
LG G320.7
Sony Xperia Z329.3
HTC One(M8)28.3
Apple iPhone 648.9
Samsung Galaxy S527.8
Samsung Galaxy Note425.9
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge26.3
GFXBench T-Rex HD off-screenHigher is better
Apple iPhone 642.3
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge42.3

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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