Samsung vs Chrome vs Firefox vs Edge mobile browsers benchmark speed test

Not that we've ever had a shortage of mobile browsers to choose from, but this season is especially rich in new entrants from juggernauts like Mozilla or Microsoft

At the same time, there are fresh new updates for the incumbent Google Chrome, as well as for the Samsung Browser which used to occupy the top in previous speed tests, so we decided to give it a quick whirl, and run a few synthetic benchmarks like BrowserBench and Basemark on a Note 8 with the aforementioned browsers freshly installed to see what they'll return as scores:

Speedometer: Synthetic test for calculating the responsiveness of web applications like checklists

JetStream: This Broweserbench kit explores performance of advanced web app features in JavaScript like 3D, throughput or encryption

MotionMark: Graphics benchmark for cascading style sheets, HTML5 canvas, SVG, and so on

Basemark Web 3.0: Third-party cross-platform test of the all-important JavaScript framework, calculations, WebGL 2.0, and others

We pitted the Samsung Browser, in its newest 6.2 version incarnation, Chrome 63 (the 64 version with autoplay video and ad blocking is still in beta), Firefox 57, and the startup Edge, against each other on a Note 8. We've mapped the results in the table below, screenshot them, and closed the browsers between runs, leaving only the benchmark tab open in airplane mode to avoid distractions.

*higher is better

Mozilla says that its latest Firefox Mobile is "an experience designed in parallel with the new Firefox Quantum," and, while we can attest that Quantum on our laptops can get rid of the fan whirling that happens when you use the gas-guzzling Chrome, on mobile that resource frugality is placing it below the other browsers we tested. 

While Samsung's browser is very fast in most cases, it had some web tech compatibility issues, too. Right now, as you can see, you are better off sticking with Google's mobile Chrome browser, or, if you are feeling adventurous, Microsoft's nascent Edge is a rather pleasant surprise when it comes to synthetic speed and performance as well.

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36 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Google and Firefox Lag the most. Edge is surprisingly fast. Samsung works overall best and it's liquid smooth. Everyone knows this, benchmarks prove nothing especially when it comes to browsers.

9. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Chrome for mobile Firefox Quantum for PC

11. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

have been using Firefox for years on my PC, and Chrome on basically every single smarrphone.

18. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Opera for PC, best browser out there. Tried the new fox, didn't measure up.

22. max1c

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

I agree. I like Opera mobile too. The new Firefox pretty much just copied most of the new design from Opera.

33. KingSam

Posts: 1425; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

On mobile its Samsung Internet, Opera and Edge.

27. may_czos

Posts: 955; Member since: Nov 22, 2014

Firefox on both thanks to addons/extensions and cross platform synchronization.

17. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Yeah, these benchmarks don't test the browsers with crazy intrusive ads you'll come across across all over the web...

32. illiad

Posts: 132; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

2. Boast_Rider

Posts: 534; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Can you try running them on Exynos variant. I remember Samsung browser absolutely crapping on Chrome when I had the S6.

7. HansP

Posts: 542; Member since: Oct 16, 2011

It's because you're remembering the real-life speed, on real websites with a bazillion force-playing ads and whatnot. Not the synthetic "speed" on a few tests browser developers just optimize towards. Your Samsung browser most likely had the god sent adblocker installed which makes it the only mobile browser giving you a browsing experience that doesn't give you a stroke. :)

31. Boast_Rider

Posts: 534; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

I'm talking about both. Samsung browser did have better benchmark scores, and significantly so.

3. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Sammy internet is the best mobile browser.

10. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Notch true......lol Chrome is best in Mobile Firefox quantum is best in PC

4. Panzer

Posts: 282; Member since: May 13, 2016

Chrome is still garbage. Mediaserver wakelock that destroys your battery, no adblock. No thank you, Samsung Internet for me.

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Samsung browser is really nice, but has odd compatibility issues with some of the sites I visit. Firefox has a terrible interface on mobile. Chrome is Google's mobile weak link. I really like Edge, but it desperately needs an Ad Blocker.

6. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

Firefox is damn slow.

8. twens

Posts: 1172; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Samsung internet browser is amazing. That's all I use. I never use chrome cos it's not as smooth.

12. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Samsung browser here too.

13. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

Neither Samsung, Chrome, nor Firefox, Edge mobile browsers. The best mobile browser with I can advise all of you is UC browser!! Download UC browser and enjoy it!!

14. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Tried that, couldn't even get more than 20 tabs open. I often have 30+ tabs open. Also, its built in clipboard manager (copying whatever I select) always interferes with the much more versatile Easy Copy system-wide clipboard manager...

15. ph00ny

Posts: 2025; Member since: May 26, 2011

Um am i the only one noticing the fact that these were all run on different devices?

21. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Nope, they were all run on the Note 8, notice the on-screen navigation bar layout is consistent across all of the screenshots...

16. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Wouldn't ever be installing chrome on my Smartphone again until it supports AdBlockers and offers the extremely handy features of Samsung Internet (ask and you shall know what I mean). Samsung Internet has been very smooth and fast from day 1 use (in its beta stage) on my OnePlus One and now (in its stable stage) on my Note 8. Couldn't careless about merely milliseconds of loading difference, I want more functionality in my web browser, and Samsung Internet offers that.

34. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

You need AdBlocker? Here you are: UC browser. Download it. You will enjoy!!

35. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

See post 14. Also, not some built-in and easily outdated adblocker. Samsung Internet supports dedicated and independently updated AdBlocker extensions like AdGuard (which I use), AdBlock Fast, AdBlock Plus, Crystal, etc.

19. Valinor

Posts: 174; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Personally on my LG v30 1) Samsung, works great 2) Edge browser, lacking functions and a few annoying bugs. 3) firefox, slow. Never used chrome because i try to avoid google apps as much as possible

20. checkmymike

Posts: 219; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

Puffin!

23. uzbek-mobile-man

Posts: 118; Member since: Sep 27, 2014

Neither Samsung, Chrome, nor Firefox, Edge mobile browsers. The best of all browsers is UC browser which I can advise all of you!! If you don't have it, download UC browser right now for your smartphone!!

25. samgsam

Posts: 147; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

UC broswer is the worst of all. Poor performance and UCWeb is known for collecting your personal data.

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