Galaxy S II Takes On iPhone 4S But Loses In Benchmarks

Battle for smartphone supremacy still rages on and in the last few months, we’ve had a lot to be excited about. We’ve had the Samsung Galaxy S II which is now available across the globe, including the three variants in the US, a white version as well as the black, HD and LTE models on their way next year and only yesterday, news of a Galaxy S III in the pipeline, something not to be missed.

Next up we’ve had Motorola’s Droid Bionic which after fifteen months is now here to buy and so far, popularity is still rising. On the flip side to this, negativity has been noted from its poor battery life, but this is something that Motorola are aware of and will doubt be rectifying.

This Friday will set the wheels in motion on what will likely be a war of the smartphone, the official release of the new iPhone 4S with new iOS 5 OS. Just announced last week, the new Apple handset has astounded many with its increasing number of pre-orders. Although not much different to look at compared to the year old iPhone 4, but we have to add here, a new antenna which will improve call quality, new features internally have swayed a massive consumer audience into trading their existing handsets in for the newer model.

Internals include a A5 dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with face detection and the ability to carry out full 1080p HD video recording, Siri Voice Recognition, of course iOS 5 OS, which coincidentally will be available to download today and so on.

What interested us though, is that of its benchmarking results compared to rival Android handsets. Over at review site Anandtech which concentrates on benchmarking and its results, the new Apple device along with its processor and browser were tested to see how it faired against competitors. The results came but with no real surprises.

To have a closer look at this, tables have been drawn up which can be seen over at the site, click onto the link directly above. The closest rival to the iPhone 4S was seen to be the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. This as androidpolice.com pointed out, was put down to its Honeycomb with hardware accelerated browser which blasts the browsing in Android, which in the not so distant future will be changed more than likely to Ice Cream Sandwich. Unfortunately, Android loses out here with its pre-Honeycomb version not including hardware acceleration, hence making for a bad choice of browser. Others such as Opera and Mozilla as James Cushing over at thegadgets.net explained, are much better browser options.

On looking at the iPhone 4S, its main success comes down to not just the GPU but of course the new software of iOS 5. Browsing and greater graphics performance add to its attributes and offer a vast difference compared to the existing iPhone 4 handset.

Where the new Apple device far outweighs a smartphone such as the popular Samsung Galaxy S II is on its GPU performance. When you look at the table directly above, you can see the iPhone 4S above Sammy’s offering rendering at over 70 FPS in comparison to the Galaxy’s 42 FPS. The iPhone 4S coincidentally falls above the Motorola Droid Bionic with its 21.8 FPS and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with a scoring of 20.8 FPS.

Let us know if you have already pre-ordered the new iPhone 4S above other handsets? Would these results have prompted you into purchasing a new Apple or is this just a small detail?