After months of anticipation the Samsung Galaxy S II for the U.S. was finally made official last night with three variants confirmed, one each for AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. We’ve already brought you news on price, release dates and carrier names and also another article on official accessories but we now have some news for you on performance tests.
The Galaxy S II is one of the three handsets that are receiving the most attention in the tech world at the moment, along with the Motorola Droid Bionic and Apple iPhone 5. However, before we start on the benchmark news we want to remind you of the Galaxy S II LTE model, which was announced at the weekend but was not included in last night’s event. We recently talked about how this has now changed the game for the Motorola Droid Bionic as that is also a 4G LTE phone and previously had that advantage over the S II, that is until a Galaxy S II 4G LTE edition was unveiled. However for now, there’s no further news on who will carry the Galaxy S II LTE stateside.
We do know though that the Sprint variant of the Galaxy S II, the Epic 4G Touch, will be the first to release in the U.S., on September 16. Sascha Segan of PCMag was lucky enough to get a hands-on at the Samsung event yesterday with the AT&T and Sprint Galaxy S II and in that time managed to run some benchmarks. Benchmark tests used were the AnTuTu system, NenaMark 2 graphics and the BrowserMark and for all three the higher mark is the best.
The results are shown for both the AT&T and Sprint Galaxy S II with the Samsung Exynos 1.2GHz dual-core processor and other phones listed to show a comparison were the HTC EVO 3D, the Motorola Photon, Motorola Atrix and LG Thrill. Unsurprisingly both Galaxy S II variants performed virtually the same although PC Mag didn’t have enough time to perform the BrowserMark benchmark on the AT&T variant. As you can see from the table above, courtesy of PCMag, the Galaxy S II’s performed significantly better on all the benchmark tests against all the other handsets and do indeed appear to be the “fastest Android phones yet.”
The biggest difference was in the NenaMark test. The available results for the other handsets used were all in the 20’s whereas the benchmark for the AT&T Galaxy S II was 47.4 and Sprint’s variant scored 47.9. That’s hugely significant and suggests that enthusiastic gamers will enjoy a really superior experience on the Galaxy S II. It looks then as though the expectations that many people have for the Galaxy S II will be fulfilled and no doubt we will be seeing many more benchmarks being performed over the coming weeks, maybe even with the T-Mobile variant, which was being kept more under wraps.
If you want even more on the Galaxy S II for the US then there’s an excellent article over on AnandTech with an in-depth hands-on experience and overview. We’d like to hear your thoughts on the benchmarks for the AT&T and Sprint variants of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Will you be purchasing the Galaxy S II or maybe you are opting for a different smartphone? Let us have your comments.
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