All the attention from the reveal of the Samsung Galaxy S6 seems to have centred around the decision to use an all-metal unibody and remove the expandable memory slot. A few nods have been given to the incredible pixel density of the screen (577ppi in case you need reminding) but what about the meat and drink of the phones?
Analog Index ran Samsung’s two flagship phones through the benchmarking program AndroBench and it has turned up some truly remarkable results.
In the random read test, both models scored 77.2 with the next best Android model being the Galaxy Note 4 at 20.56. Next up was the random write test in which they scored 19.8, compared to the Xperia Z3’s 9.26. In the sequential reading test, the S6’s score of 314.87 destroyed Xperia Z3’s 217.17 and it was even more dominant in the sequential writing test, scoring 139.08 to the Z3’s score of 44.43.
Those numbers might not mean a lot on the surface, but the sheer distance the S6 and S6 edge are ahead of the chasing pack is astonishing, considering the rest of the models tested, such as the LG G3 and HTC One (M8) were generally only a few percent away from the Z3.
To put the numbers in some kind of context, in random reading the S6 is nearly four times faster than its nearest rival, in random writing it’s over twice as fast, in sequential reading it’s 1.5 times faster and in sequential writing it beats its nearly four times faster again.
This is because it uses the UFS 2.0 memory method, which prioritises incoming commands, so anything you’re instructing it to do, such as load up an app or web page, will become the most important thing and get done in a flash.
With all the attention on the body and design of the S6 we can see why these amazing stats may have slipped under the radar but they shouldn’t stay there for long.
To discover which flagship smartphone model we recommend, pick up a copy of Android magazine here, which has a face off between the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the Sony Xperia Z3, the LG G3 and the Nexus 6.