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First Galaxy Note 7 benchmarks are in: How does it compare to the iPhone?

Published Aug 3rd, 2016 12:39PM EDT
Galaxy Note 7 vs. iPhone 6s vs. Galaxy S7
Image: Zach Epstein, BGR

After months of rumors and speculation, the Galaxy Note 7 is finally official. But is the new Note the best smartphone in town when it comes to performance? Can it beat the iPhone? The first Galaxy Note 7 benchmarks are in, suggesting that the Galaxy Note 7 is indeed a powerful smartphone. We all knew that would be the case, but is it the absolute best?

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Benchmarks don’t always tell the entire story, and we’ll have to wait for real-life comparisons to see how the Galaxy Note 7 fares. But, on paper, the phone is a monster. It might not have 6GB of memory as many rumors indicated, and it doesn’t pack a new Exynos chipset or the Snapdragon 821 processor, but the phone is faster than the Galaxy S7 series, at least according to AnTuTu.

The following image shows Phone Arena‘s preliminary benchmark results for the Galaxy Note 7, which scores more than 145000 points in AnTuTu. That’s almost 10000 points higher than the Galaxy S7, which has similar hardware, and more than 2.5 times the score of the iPhone 6s Plus.

galaxy-note-7-vs-iphone-6-vs-galaxy-s7-vs-oneplus-3Image source: Phone Arena

However, in GFX benchmarks, the Galaxy Note 7 only manages to match the scores achieved by the Galaxy S7. The new Motorola Moto Z Droid beats both handsets, and the iPhone 6s Plus is clear the winner. The OnePlus 3 also has impressive scores.

It’s likely that more benchmark results and performance comparisons will pop up online in the coming days and weeks as the Galaxy Note 7 makes its way into the hands of more people. But it’s clear that the new Samsung handset is one of the best Android devices currently available for purchase, even if it’s not able to beat the iPhone across the board in benchmarks.

Check out our hands-on review of the handset at this link, and this post will show you how to preorder the new Note 7 right now..

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he brings his entertainment expertise to Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises.

Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.