Samsung Galaxy S6 edge vs Galaxy S5: speed comparison

The new Samsung Galaxy S6 edge arrives with a brand new version of TouchWiz that has gotten a fresh coat of 'Lollipop' paint with color-coded apps and the card-based multitasking menu, but most importantly, Samsung claims that it has trimmed off the fat and the interface is now faster and more responsive. Is that really so? We took the opportunity to compare the Galaxy S6 edge display unit at MWC 2015 against our Galaxy S5, freshly updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Which one is faster?

In order to measure the performance of the two we had a set of applications that we used to test the speed: once from a cold start of the app, and one more time, a hot start. We take a look at how fast it is to unlock the device, and then we open essential apps like the dialer, the messenger, and the camera.

At first sight, it does seem that the Galaxy S6 edge is a bit faster in practically all instances and for all apps, but the difference is bigger when we speak about cold start, while hot-starting applications takes a nearly identical amount of time on both (with a slight advantage in favor of the newer Galaxy S6 edge). Take a look at how we performed our test at the video above.

Related phones

Galaxy S6 edge
  • Display 5.1" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2100 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2600 mAh(26h talk time)
Galaxy S5
  • Display 5.1" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 2.1 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, Quad-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2800 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. zurichisbest

Posts: 6; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Iphone 6 with 1 gb ram opens app much faster than galaxy s6 with 3 gb of ram Samsung please try 8 gb ram and 5 ghz processor

2. hateftotti

Posts: 233; Member since: May 03, 2011

Kidding me??? My Note 4 is much faster than iPhone 6 when it comes to open apps. No need to mention boot-up time and wake-up display.

4. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Or the abundance of lag.

11. BlueGoldAce

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Yep...look at all that lag in these videos..... Again, things are true just because you state it.

7. BlueGoldAce

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Yep.....there are youtube videos to verify that. Things are not true just because you want them to be, zurichisbest.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

The iPhone 6 is 0.0000000000001s faster, incredible...

8. BlueGoldAce

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Go the video, prove it. While you are at it, google note 4 vs iphone 6+ multitasking. See which one scores faster. Go ahead, I will wait.

22. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Wow butthurt much? Didn't you read the sarcasm in that line? Like you would even notice 0.0000000000001s, that's one billionth of a second

27. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

You do know that the iPhone 6+ got thrashed by the Note 4 in a speed test right?

5. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014


6. seven7dust unregistered

ram has nothing to do with app startups only if its loaded in memory. but the new UFS flash will make apps loads faster than other phones. not a big fan of samsung myself , but you gotta admit there sure do have some useful tech packed in the new galaxy even the new ddr4 ram should reduce power consumption.

10. hipnotika

Posts: 353; Member since: Mar 06, 2013

ohhh dont say these things :D ram and cpu and the other specs are much important than real life experience :D all the androidioters ate their brain with bezels and specs..

12. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i think you should move to it has a flock of you people.

14. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

so this is what u get with ULTRA fast UFS memory + cutting edge 14nm processor + optimize touchwiz . lol

20. drunkenjay

Posts: 1700; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

galaxy s5 was never really slow especially with the new lollipop. what did you expect? 0.01 seconds to load?

24. avatar_akira

Posts: 13; Member since: Aug 25, 2014

FYI iphone 6 display res. is just 1334 x 750 with 1 GB but SG S6 have a Quad HD display with 3 GB that's four times the display res. of iphone but only 3 times the RAM, please make sure that your comment have justification before posting it.

25. AppleCultist

Posts: 335; Member since: Feb 18, 2015

No, it doesn't. The iPhone loads up blank white space and takes a few seconds to load. The S6 loads everything in one go. Apple sucks at engineering. Crym0ar.

9. Ducfranz

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

This whole talk about Samsung making a device that looks like the iPhone 6. The reason it's mentioned is because of the aluminum frame with those two stripes at the bottom. Now let's be real here. The iPhone has it on the. In the same exact places in which the HTC M8 and yes the M7 has it. So who copied who. Now without those stripes how much does the s6 really look like the iPhone. Because that glass back is def not on the iPhone 6. So we should applaud Samsung for finally making a quality device. It's absolutely stunning. I bet just like the big display, the extra big display, front facing camera, and much more The iPhone 7 or 8. Will finally receive a curved display. And wireless charging. And maybe even a vr Let's admit apple is always last to the party. But because america is so mainstream focused. They believe apple devices do it all first and they are the best but only if they knew about phones more. They would not purchase I phones as much. I'm american BTW.

13. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

No, the reason it's mentioned is because Samsung copies apple. Apple doesn't invent things (I'll be the first to admit that) but as soon as Apple releases something on their product Samsung magically does the same a few months later. -the new gs6 headphones -gold Galaxy last year -fingerprint sensor -Samsung pay (lol) -the shape of their phones completely changed after iphone release -they also made fun of apple for headphone placement now the bottom of their phone looks like an iPhone It's not about apple inventing stuff, it's about The timing in which Samsung decides to release stuff-they make themselves look bad.

15. maherk

Posts: 7007; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

-Apple stole the headphones design from Philips -Samsung has been doing Gold phones before the iPhone ever existed -Apple pay? Have you ever heard of Google wallet? -Go check the S4, and while you're at it, check the Ativ S, the phone that inspired Jony Ive while designing the iPhone 6 -Just like Apple copied the power button placement found on the Galaxy phones?

19. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

You are still missing my point. It's ALL about the timing. I already said apple doesnt really invent anything. It's about when Samsung chooses to include features in their flagship. Some random phone that Barely anybody bought may have done it first at some point but it was never focused on by Samsung unless the iPhone all of a sudden included it. That makes Samsung look bad

23. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

16. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

I don't think they were making fun of apple for putting the headphone jack on the bottom. They were making fun of the fact that people thought it was so amazing and revolutionary. The galaxy nexus had the headphone jack on the bottom years ago.

17. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

I am a fan of samsung and I admit these stuffs.. just like how I hate LG following samsung and other chinese oems doing the same thing on theIr phones. but I just cant help to admire how samsung make it even better (not always though) and besides you get more extra amazing original stuffs/features on galaxy flagships so I cant also help but put aside some copying methods of sammy :)

18. seven7dust unregistered

glass sandwiched between a metal frame , what a wonderful idea the whole industry seems to be using it now including samsung. where did it come from I wonder ? Hmmm where did that idea come from ? take a guess ...... 2010 still don't know ? . . . . . Hmmm lets see the last phone steve jobs unveiled , the first phone with high PPI retina display that crossed 300 ppi. Still don't know ? starts with i ends with 4

26. AppleJuice

Posts: 145; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

What a stupid comment.

32. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Yea but if you're going to act smart don't use "Retina" display please.. its a freakin IPS panel.

21. Awalker

Posts: 1986; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Phandroid did something that I thought was really unique. They turned the animation up on both devices to 5x before doing their app opening test. You can pinpoint exactly when each phone starts an application.

28. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

My Note 3 is already lightning fast, so imagine how fast the S6 would be relative.

29. Loubielou

Posts: 603; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

4g on the Galaxy S5 is really Fast,the Galaxy S6 might be Fast but it as not Fully Tested about its Batterylife yet,As the Galaxy S5 Batterylife is just Superb,plus i can change the battery anytime i want,but you can"t do that with the Galaxy S6,so until Samsung realise there big Mistakes they made with the Galaxy S6,Galaxy S5 might be my last Samsung phone,after removing the Micro Sd Card on the Galaxy S6

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