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Brand new Galaxy S5 outclassed by HTC One (M8) and six-month-old iPhone 5s in performance tests

Galaxy S5 Vs iPhone 5s Vs HTC One M8

Raw power doesn’t necessarily translate into the best user experience and for Samsung, that’s a good thing. According to a thorough technical review of Samsung’s brand new flagship Galaxy S5, the soon-to-be-released handset doesn’t measure up to HTC’s new One (M8) or even the six-month-old iPhone 5s in terms of performance.

When it comes to reviewing a phone from a technical standpoint and covering every imaginable aspect of a device’s performance, Anand Lal Shimpi of AnandTech is the best in the business. This past week, Lal Shimpi and colleague Joshua Ho put Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 to the test and published a massive review that every Android enthusiast should read.

One area of particular interest came on page 7 of the review, where Lal Shimpi and Ho issued the results of a number of performance tests and plotted them alongside other popular smartphones to see how the S5 fares against the competition.

Interestingly, Samsung’s brand new smartphone was almost always bested by Apple’s six-month-old iPhone 5s. The new flagship HTC One (M8) also topped Samsung’s new flagship phone in a number of key tests.

In fact, as The Guardian noted, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 managed the top benchmark score in only two of the 39 tests performed by AnandTech.

Thanks to the iPhone 5s’s remarkably efficient dual-core A7 chipset and its comparatively low-resolution Retina display, performance has always been strong. Actually, the 5s didn’t just beat rival phones in performance tests last year, it positively slaughtered them.

Meanwhile, the new HTC One (M8) was no slouch when we tested it for our review last month. AnandTech’s findings show that it is indeed among the best-performing widely available smartphones on the market.

Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 launches on Friday across all major nationwide wireless carriers in the U.S.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.