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iPhone 5S benchmarks imminent as 3DMark arrives on iOS

iPhone 5S benchmarks imminent as 3DMark arrives on iOS

There's little doubt that Futuremark - folks responsible for creating the benchmarking app 3DMark - decided on syncing up the release of their gamer-aimed test with the release of Apple's new iPhone (or iPhones). What you've got here is a set of two tests with lots and lots of variables, all of it already released for Android some months ago. As you'll see in our review of the NVIDIA SHIELD gaming handheld, the charts are currently dominated by processor architecture made by NVIDIA and Qualcomm. Now it's Apple's turn.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 artificially tuned for benchmarks research spots

Samsung Galaxy S 4 artificially tuned for benchmarks research spots

Samsung tailored its Galaxy S 4 to deliver the best possible scores on popular Android benchmarking tools, investigations have revealed, despite apps potentially not getting the same power for real-world use. The AnandTech research was sparked by claims Samsung was reserving its fastest graphics chip speeds for select benchmarking apps alone, with games and other software only ever seeing slower performance from the Exynos 5 Octa processor found in select models of the Galaxy S 4. The motivation behind the tinkering appears to be to ensure the flagship smartphone posts consistently high benchmarking numbers for comparison with other devices, even if that doesn't necessarily translate to its everyday abilities.

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Intel Atom Z2580 AnTuTu benchmark falls 20% following revision

Intel Atom Z2580 AnTuTu benchmark falls 20% following revision

Earlier this month, the AnTuTu benchmarking tool raised a bit of a firestorm when it showed Intel's Atom Z2580 out performing offerings from Qualcomm, NVIDIA, and Samsung. This led to BDTI, a consulting firm, showing that not all instructions were being executed by the Intel processor, causing a false boost in results. As such, AnTuTu has issued a revised version of the benchmarking tool, and Intel has fallen 20-percent as a result.

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core benchmarks

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 series quad-core benchmarks

Qualcomm may have introduced the Snapdragon 800 processor a little while back, and while we suspect some may be wondering why we have yet to see any real announcements since that point in time, it seems there was an actual plan in action. Just to give a bit of background, the plan was to announce the goods and then have the parts out ahead of time to give developers time to build. That bit aside, we do have a bit of good news today as we have recently spent some time playing.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 benchmarked: Tiny tablet packs a punch

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 benchmarked: Tiny tablet packs a punch

Samsung wasn't too keen on us benchmarking the Galaxy Note 8.0 back when it was announced on Sunday, but we couldn't resist stopping by here at Mobile World Congress to run some preliminary tests on the 8-inch Android tablet. The pen-enabled digital notepad runs a 1.6GHz quadcore A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, and so we had high hopes for Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Sure enough, the iPad mini rival put in a decent showing.

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HTC One benchmarks: off the charts

HTC One benchmarks: off the charts

This week we've had the opportunity to have a look at the new HTC One with not only a collection of hands-on experiences, but with processor benchmarking as well. Using the standard Quadrant Benchmark test here we're finding that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor is blowing up the charts, destroying the previous high-mark in the basic readout by more than double - those tiny towers on the left are what's left of the original HTC One X, the ASUS Transformer Prim TF201 (with a Tegra 3 processor), and some lesser beings. Even compared with the Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core SoC running on the Google Nexus 4 only reaches nearly 5000 as a final score in Quadrant - the HTC One reaches 12,417!

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Possible Verizon Galaxy S IV benchmark surfaces, shows 1.9GHz processor

Possible Verizon Galaxy S IV benchmark surfaces, shows 1.9GHz processor

Over on the Japanese blog RBMen, a benchmark has surfaced that may be the Verizon Galaxy S IV smartphone from Samsung. In the benchmark, we see a handful of specs, including a 1.9GHz processor and the brand "Samsung." Although not official, all the signs point at it being the next handset is the Korean company's wildly popular line of smartphones, following on the heels of the mega-selling Galaxy S III.

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