ZTE Grand S II allegedly outperforms Samsung's Galaxy Note 3 in benchmark test

Announced by ZTE back in January at CES 2014, the Grand S II is the company’s latest extra-large flagship smartphone. The new handset should be launched on April 1, obviously in China first. Until that happens, Chinese website CNMO benchmarked the Grand S II in AnTuTu to reveal that the smartphone scored a bit higher than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 (34,938 vs. 34,652).

Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean the Grand S II is better than the Galaxy Note 3. But it is somewhat of a proof that the device can stand next to any other high-end, large smartphone (or phablet) out there. The Grand S II also scored higher than the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, LG G2, and HTC One, among others.

The Grand S II runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, unfortunately, but an update to KitKat will most likely be available at some point. The new handset offers a pretty nice set of features, including a 5.5 inch IPS display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, HSPA+ and LTE connectivity, a 13MP rear camera, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and a 3,000 mAh battery.

China aside, ZTE will probably release the Grand S II in various other countries around the world. We’ll let you know when we have more details on this. Meanwhile, you could check out our ZTE Grand S II hands-on from CES 2014.

source: CNMO (translated)

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Grand S II
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 3000 mAh



1. alaw.14

Posts: 427; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

my note 3 scored 35,667

7. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Mine 36,756. I tried it again quite soon and result dropped a little. I guess it just shows ~performance.

10. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

And exactly the reason why certain benchmarks are useless. A benchmark has to be consistent and 'repeatable'. It means whenever you run the benchmark, it has to provide you a consistent result. We all know that if you run Antutu 10 times on same device, it will give you 10 different results. No point wasting time on such benchmarks.

12. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Back to back tests will score lower and lower because it's thermally heating up inside. I guess this is mysterious to some of you. Put it in a fridge for a bit and retest. It'll score higher again.

2. JMartin22

Posts: 2378; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

FYI, many people can score around 37,000-38,000 on their Note devices. Why are you basing a whole article in one test that was put up as the official listing of a benchmark and never updated?

9. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Even if the note 3 won the benchmark results, it wouldn't make a difference. People buy the note series for the experience you should have with a phone of that size. None of the competition offers anything remotely close.

3. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Benchmark now is just for reference. It does not really matter as long as the phone runs smooth and stably

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Absolutely correct.

4. twens

Posts: 1182; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Stupid article. Phonearena knows very well some note 3 units score higher than that yet posted this article. Very dump.

5. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Given the margin of error of these test, they're on par with each other.

8. redmd

Posts: 1947; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

The next benchmark should be sales.

11. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

never care about benchmark result, i buy coz i need

13. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

and people still using benchmarks to measure their penis size

14. vgking

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

My note 3 constantly gets 36,000 to 37,000 but doesnt matter if something can get a tad higher when it has 1GB less ram so u cant multitask as much as a 3GB note 3 and the grand 2 has 16GB built in and note 3 has twice that at 32GB and note 3 has all the additional S-PEN stuff that make it a fuctional phablet not just an oversized phone

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