By now all major Android smartphone manufacturers have launched their 2016 flagship smartphones, and they have also gone on sale in India. With a lot of competition out there, potential buyers get curious to know how the smartphones perform. We put the Samsung Galaxy S7, the HTC 10 and the LG G5 through a series of synthetic benchmark tests and here’s how they fare.
Before we head over the tests, lets quickly look at the price and specifications of these smartphones. The Galaxy S7 will set you back by Rs 48,900 and it flaunts a 5.1-inch QHD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Under the hood is Samsung’s Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core paired with 4GB of RAM and Mali-T880 MP12 GPU. With 32GB internal storage, a microSD card slot is also present for further expansion. Other features include a 12-megapixel rear camera with PDAF and OIS, a front-facing 5-megapixel camera, 3,000mAh battery with fast charging feature and connectivity options such as 4G LTE, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. The smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow wrapped under TouchWiz UI.
The HTC 10 is priced at Rs 52,990 and features a 5.2-inch QHD display covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with Adreno 530 GPU and 4GB of RAM. With 32GB internal storage, a microSD card slot for further expansion is also present. Other features include a 12-UltraPixel camera with laser auto-focus, PDAF, OIS and dual-tone LED flash and a front-facing 5-megpixel camera with OIS. Armed with a 3,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and 4G LTE, the smartphone runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow wrapped under HTC Sense 8 UI.
The LG G5, on the other hand, is a smartphone with modular functionality that allows you to swap out modules and add a camera grip with dedicated controls for zoom, camera shutter and video recording button, add external Hi-Res speakers and more. Priced at Rs 52,990, it flaunts a 5.3-inch QHD display covered with Corning Gorilla Glass display. At the heart of the LG G5 runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 SoC paired with 4GB of RAM and Adreno 530 GPU.
In the photography department, you get a dual-camera setup at the back – 16-megapixel 78-degree lens and an 8-megapixel 135-degree wide angle lens with laser auto-focus and LED flash, and a front-facing 8-megapixel camera. Armed with a 2,800mAh battery, connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth and GPS. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow wrapped under LG’s custom UI. Now let’s go ahead to see how the smartphones perform in synthetic benchmarks.
It is one of the most popular benchmarking tools to test the memory, CPU, 2D and 3D graphics performance and also the read/write speed of the internal storage. In this test, Samsung Galaxy S7 logged a score of 130,258 whereas the LG G5 and HTC 10 logged a score of 138,645 and 131,702, respectively. Here, the LG G5 takes a slight lead whereas the HTC 10 and Galaxy S7 has a marginal difference of 1,500.
This one runs a series of tests to check the CPU, 3D graphics and I/O (input / output) performance of the smartphone. While the Galaxy S7 logged a score of 55,530, the LG G5 logged a score of 38,107, whereas the HTC 10 logged a score of 46,748. Here, Galaxy S7 running on Exynos 8890 SoC takes a lead by big margin compared to LG G5 and HTC 10 that runs on Snapdragon 820 SoC.
It’s a cross platform benchmarking tool that includes a number of tests to measure memory and processor performance. This also specifically tests the processor performance – both single and multi-core. Here, the Galaxy S7 logged a score of 2,140 and 6,243 in single-core and multi-core tests, respectively. The LG G5 logged a score of 2,293 in single-core test and 5,289 in multi-core tests. The HTC 10, on the other hand, logged a score of 2,222 in single-core test and 5,030 in multi-core test. If we look at the overall score, the Galaxy S7 once again takes a lead, especially in the multi-core performance.
Next, we ran AndroBench to test the system read/write performance. The test includes writing and reading a set of data to and from the internal storage. The LG G5 logged a score of 464MB/s in sequential read and 140MB/s on sequential write test. The Galaxy S7 logged a score of 483MB/s and 141MB/s respectively. The HTC 10, on the other hand, logged a score of 286MB/second in sequential read and 68MB/s in sequential write tests. While the LG G5 and Galaxy S7 perform better, the HTC 10 doesn’t perform up to the mark here, and the margin is way more than the competition.
The 3D Mark test is specifically designed to test the graphics and gaming performance of the smartphone. We ran the Sling Shot test where the HTC 10 logged a score of 2,353, the LG G5 logged a score of 2,470, whereas the Galaxy S7 logged a score of 2,131. Here, LG G5 takes a marginal lead compared to the HTC 10 and the Galaxy S7.
As we can see in the benchmark scores, the Galaxy S7 performs almost better in most benchmark tests, whereas the LG G5 and HTC 10 stand close. So, those having doubts about Exynos 8890’s capabilities, here you have it. Samsung seems to have worked a lot to up its game with Exynos 8890 chipset compared to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820.
(Disclaimer – This is just the benchmark performance and doesn’t reflect the overall performance of these smartphones.)