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Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 – Part 1: CPU

by Mihai Matei on March 25, 2014


At this point in time, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the most powerful Samsung smartphone available for purchase, but once the Samsung Galaxy S5 hits the shelves, that’s no longer going to be the case.

Galaxy S5′s specifications have been confirmed at the time of the handset’s official unveiling during the Mobile World Congress, and we all know that the gadget in question packs the most powerful processor around. But is it really that much more powerful when compared with the Galaxy Note 3? After all, the phablet is a pretty beefy smartphone as well, and it’s not what you’d normally call an outdated device. Well, let’s take a closer look at these smartphone’s processors and see how they compare.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 - Part 1: CPU

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 – Part 1: CPU

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 – CPU

Those of you who are familiar with Samsung’s line-up should know that previous Galaxy S and Note smartphones have been released in two main variants, one packing an Exynos CPU, and the other a Snapdragon chip.

This was also the case with the Note 3, as the phablet features a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz on the US/LTE model, and an Exynos 5 Octa 5420 8-core processor clocked at 1.9 GHz (for the first 4 cores) and 1.3 GHz ( for the secondary quad-core unit) – on the international/3G variant.


Interestingly enough, in 2014 Samsung switched gears, as the Galaxy S5 has been announced in only one variant, globally. The gadget no longer takes advantage of an Exynos SoC, so regardless of the region in which you’ll purchase your SGS5, what you’ll get will be a Snapdragon 801 MSM8974-AC quad-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz.

Evidently, the SGS5 outperforms the Note 3, but overall, and taking into account the rest of the hardware components, the difference is not really that huge, as you can see in the AnTuTu chart below.

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 - Part 1: CPU

Samsung Galaxy S5 vs Galaxy Note 3 – Part 1: CPU

Keep in mind, however, that AnTuTu takes into account the GPU as well as the amount of RAM. That being said, the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 should outscore the Galaxy S5 in terms of RAM due to its extra GB, but the S5 is still able to compensate the overall score thanks to its more powerful CPU, and in the end, the S5 still manages to sit at the top of the list.

Stick around for Part 2.

  • farawayplace

    Keep in mind that it has been outed on many blogs that Samsung phones like the Note 3 (and surely the S5) can detect popular benchmark tests. After doing so, CPU speeds are ramped-up to levels not encountered during general use. Basically, Samsung has been found cheating. Always take this into account when benching Samsung phones.

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