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Galaxy Note 7 benchmarks yield some surprising results

by Jacob Kleinman | August 3, 2016August 3, 2016 9:40 am PST

Samsung packed some awesome new technology into the Galaxy Note 7, but when it comes to pure power the new phone might not be much of an upgrade over the Galaxy S7. The latest Note offers the same 4GB of RAM and Snapdragon 820 processor (Exynos 8890 abroad) as its smaller flagship sibling, but it may still boast some extra oomph according to early benchmarks.

PhoneArena managed to run a few tests on a Galaxy Note 7 demo unit after the official unveiling on Tuesday and the results are pretty interesting. A pair of GFXBench tests found the Galaxy Note 7 and Galaxy S7 to be totally identical. However, the Note 7 scored a whopping 145,143 on AnTuTu, putting it a solid 9,000 points ahead of the S7.

It’s unclear exactly how Samsung managed to squeeze some extra power out of the Galaxy Note 7. It’s possible the company simply tweaked its Android software in a few new ways to make it even more efficient. The phablet’s bigger body may also make it easier to keep cool while the processor runs at full capacity.

Regardless, the Galaxy Note 7 is still a pretty incredible new smartphone, offering a cutting-edge iris scanner along with a beautiful Quad HD display, USB-C, an upgraded S Pen and more. It’s available for pre-order now in the U.S. and set to hit stores later this month on August 19.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...