Benchmarks Show the iPhone X is ‘Still Faster’ Than the Brand New Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was officially announced on Thursday, and the company made sure to hype up the brand new device’s power during the unveiling.

Under the hood of the Galaxy Note 9 is the newest and best processor for smartphones out there in mass consumption, the Snapdragon 845. But it looks like Samsung may have been getting a bit ahead of itself, as early benchmarks of the newest phablet smartphone from Samsung reveals it’s being outperformed by the Apple iPhone X — and even the OnePlus 6, in some instances.

After the announcement of the Galaxy Note 9, Tom’s Guide wrote up a report on the benchmark testing of Samsung’s newest flagship. Those tests reveal that the Galaxy Note 9 is definitely a powerful handset in its own right, but the tests reveal there are other devices outperforming the handset with a 6.4-inch screen.

The iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 9 get Geekbench tests

With the Geekbench 4 test, the iPhone X came out on top in a big way, racking up a score of 10,357. In second place in these tests? The OnePlus 6 with a score of 9,088. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Note 9 managed a score of 8,876. It’s not all doom-and-gloom for the Galaxy Note 9, though, as it easily outperformed the Galaxy Note 8 (which means an upgrade from that handset might be worthwhile for some owners), and it outperformed the Google Pixel 2 XL. Both of those handsets are running the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, though, which was Qualcomm’s flagship processor in 2017, so that’s not too surprising.

There is a test called the Slingshot Extreme, which is billed as “one of the most demanding graphics test in 3DMark’s mobile arsenal”, and in that case the OnePlus 6 actually came out on top, earning a score of 5,124. The iPhone X managed a score of 1,994, and the Galaxy Note 9 managed 4,639.

“Slingshot Extreme is the most demanding graphics test in 3DMark’s mobile arsenal, and the Note 9 fared pretty well, but it’s outperformed by both the iPhone X and OnePlus 6.

The Galaxy Note 9 scored 4,639, which is slightly better than the Galaxy S9+ (4,634) and ahead of the LG G7 (4,201). However, the OnePlus 6 with 8GB of RAM smoked the Note 9 with a score of 5,124; the iPhone X (4,994) also fared better.”

This may not come as a shock to anyone, but it looks like the area where the Galaxy Note 9 does best is the display. According to the report, the new handset covers 224% o the sRGB color gamut. Compare that to the iPhone X’s OLED panel, which covers 128.6 percent of the same color gamut.

You can check out the full report, with even more results, through the source link below.

Our Take

Let’s not pretend that Geekbench scores, or benchmarks in general, are going to have a major impact on the general public. But for folks who like to dig into the specs and performance readouts, these types of reports are certainly interesting. Plus, it’s good to see that the A11 Bionic processor that Apple has tucked away inside the iPhone X is still leading the pack all these months later, and especially with an upgrade seemingly right around the corner.

[via Tom’s Guide]