With the official unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 edge+ right around the corner, information on the two upcoming Samsung phablets keeps finding its way online.
Although we've recently heard a lot of rumors and seen a lot of leaks that claim to shed insight on the hardware specifications of the two upcoming big-screened smartphones, we've found it very hard to quantify how these two devices will actually perform.
While a complete performance analysis will only be possible after the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ reach our testing lab, it looks like AnTuTu, the company behind the popular mobile benchmark app with the same name, has just published some very interesting details.
First off, let's talk about the specs one more time. According to a recent blog post from AnTuTu, the Galaxy Note 5 and the Galaxy S6 edge+ will come with roughly the same internal hardware. Allegedly, the two devices will share most of the important specs, such as an Exynos 7420 chipset (the same kind as the one inside the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge), 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage space, a 16MP primary camera, a 5MP secondary shooter. As expected, AnTuTu claims that both smartphones will run Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, the most recent Android version currently available.
According to AnTuTu, the only major difference between the two handsets will be the size of the display: the Galaxy Note 5 is said to come with a 5.7-inch (other reports hint at a 5.66-inch panel, but that's close enough) display, while the Galaxy S6 edge+ is said to come with a 5.5-inch panel, both running a resolution of 1440 by 2560 pixels.
Now to the good stuff! AnTuTu claims that the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was spotted in its benchmark database with a score of 69,702 points, while the Galaxy S6 edge+ appears to have obtained a score 68,345 points. Back in mid-July, AnTuTu compiled a list of the best-performing Android smartphones of H1 2015, and the Galaxy S6 topped the rankings with an average score of 67,520 points, followed by the Galaxy S6 edge with an average score of 63,910 points.
If the specs provided by AnTuTu turn out to be accurate, then the only difference between Samsung's upcoming big-screened smartphones and the Galaxy S6 series will be an extra GB of RAM. Aside from extra hardware optimization, the difference in benchmarked performance between the Galaxy S6 series and the Galaxy Note 5 should largely be determined by that extra GB of RAM.
In closing, we'd like to leave you with a word of precaution. Multiple sources suggested that the Galaxy Note 5 will come with an improved Exynos 7422 chipset, allegedly an all-in-one solution that brings the CPU, the GPU, the RAM, the internal storage, and the modem inside a single piece of silicon. Although AnTuTu says that the Note 5 and the S6 edge+ will come with an Exynos 7420 chip, we should rule out the possibility that the benchmark was unable to properly identify the Exynos 7422. We'll find out which way is up on August 13 when Samsung will officially unveil its two new handsets.