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 Note4 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 Note4 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 Note4 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 Note4 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 Note4 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 Note4 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 Note4 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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