My curiosity has been piqued by the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. Here is a device with broadly comparable specifications to the Note 4 but with a unique feature to boast of: a curved extra bit at the right hand side of the screen, which could be used for notifications and additional software control. Of course, it'll depend on the software that Samsung incorporate into the Edge and it seems that the device will be a limited production handset, too. Under the skin, the Note 4 and Note Edge share similar characteristics: they're based around either a quad core 2.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor or a dual / quad core Samsung Exynos 5433 arrangement, which sees a quad core high performance 1.9 GHz processor paired up with a quad core, high efficiency 1.3 GHz quad core processor. Each model has 3 GB of system RAM for smooth multitasking.
Traditionally, the different processor variants of a given Samsung device have had comparable performance and this appears to be the case of the Exynos 5433-powered Note Edge, which has been benchmarked by Korean blogger MutantCell. The AnTuTu test shows that it produced an overall score close to the Snapdragon 805 device that has been previously tested. The Exynos-powered model scored 47,918 in the AnTuTu benchmark, a few hundred less than the Snapdragon 805. What's a few hundred with a score of 48,000? Almost certainly nothing we can see with the naked eye! Given the horsepower behind these devices, I would expect – no, I would demand! – that they are smooth and fluid in use even when working them hard, so I am not entirely convinced of the reported benchmark scores. However, the AnTuTu benchmark is one of the standard performance tools that we can use to measure Android devices with. It measures memory performance, processor integer and floating point performance, 2D and 3D video performance, database operations and finally, memory speeds. The overall score gives an indicative measurement of performance or we can take a look at individual scores to see where a particular device excels or struggles.
The Note Edge's score is very high but it's not the highest we've seen. We recently reported that the Meizu MX4 has recorded a score of over 51,000, although this handset has a different specification. The MX4 pairs up a similar dual / quad core processor arrangement with a lower resolution screen and less memory; on paper there shouldn't be much difference in how smooth the handsets behave, instead I'm going to notice a difference in software features and utility.