System Performance

As previously mentioned this year a major goal of ours was to focus on benchmarks with metrics that better indicate user experience rather than being subject to additional layers of indirection in addition to updating our previously used benchmarks. Probably one of the hardest problems to tackle from a testing perspective is capturing what it means to have a smooth and fast phone, and with the right benchmarks you can actually start to test for these things in a meaningful way instead of just relying on a reviewer’s word. In addition to new benchmarks, we’ve attempted to update existing types of benchmarks with tests that are more realistic and more useful rather than simple microbenchmarks that can be easily optimized against without any meaningful user experience improvements. With that said, let's get into the results.

Kraken 1.1 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

Google Octane v2  (Chrome/Safari/IE)

WebXPRT 2015 (Chrome/Safari/IE)

JetStream 1.1 (Chrome/Safari)

JetStream 1.1 (Stock)

Google Octane v2 (Stock Browser)

Kraken 1.1 (Stock Browser)

WebXPRT 2015 (Stock Browser)

Browser performance here is pretty much in line with expectations as pretty much every OEM using Snapdragon 820 is going to be using the same basic BSP and most of the optimizations here are going to be done by Qualcomm rather than the OEMs.

PCMark - Work Performance Overall

PCMark - Web Browsing

PCMark - Video Playback

PCMark - Writing

PCMark - Photo Editing

Again, performance is in line with expectation in PCMark, although there are some improvements here and there that are primarily centered about web browsing performance which is almost constantly being improved as developers figure out new optimizations for browsers. With that said we can move on to Discomark, which is a true high level benchmark designed to show exactly how quickly a suite of common Google and OEM applications load from NAND or from RAM.

DiscoMark - Android startActivity() Cold Runtimes

DiscoMark - Android startActivity() Hot Runtimes

Here the Galaxy Note7 shows some improvement on hot runtimes relative to the Galaxy S7, but the cold runtimes have dropped for some reason. It looks like much of the delta here is due to Dropbox which is now running significantly slower on the Galaxy Note7. I suspect that this is related to possible changes in Dropbox or its interaction with TouchWiz rather than any significant underlying difference in system performance relative to the Galaxy S7. Overall, the Galaxy Note7 performs about where you'd expect from a Snapdragon 820 device from Samsung given the performance of the Galaxy S7.

Battery Life and Charge Time System Performance Cont'd and NAND Performance
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  • zbingonz - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - link

    So did you guys drop the HTC 10 review? Reply
  • Ian Cutress - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - link

    We had the opportunity to put significant time into meeting the official review launch date for the Note7, so decided to put resources into that as a priority. After Josh has finished up the final sections and had his nap, we'll crack the whip :D Reply
  • zbingonz - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - link

    Ah good to hear :)
    Thanks for the prompt reply!
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  • JoshHo - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - link

    Given the choice between being timely on the Note7 and finishing the HTC 10 review we have elected to focus on timeliness for the Note7 review. Reply
  • philehidiot - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - link

    Suppose it makes sense to get one review out promptly and delay the already crazily late one but please, please get on with it! It's getting silly now ;) Reply
  • philehidiot - Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - link

    Buuutt... if you want to send me the HTC 10, I'll review it for you (badly).

    I'm not having a go, I do appreciate quality takes time and there is no other site I know of which can match this place for quality.
    Reply
  • lagittaja - Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - link

    Since you pushed the 10 review even further, I'm going to have to assume your review will be based on the latest firmware, which for the US version would be 1.91 Reply
  • JoshHo - Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - link

    The HTC 10 review unit is on EMEA software, it will be the EMEA 1.90.401 build. Reply
  • wessam_yamani - Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - link

    i hope you consider the software update version 1.90.401.5 or the latest update you have . and please mention the software version in your article .thanks to all the reviewer Reply
  • Xinn3r - Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - link

    Please tell me you're reviewing the Xiaomi 5 as you seem to include them in all the benchmarks for newer phones. Reply

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