Galaxy Nexus & Ice Cream Sandwich Outperforms iPhone 4S & iOS 5 In Web Benchmarks; But Lags In Graphics Department

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Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus went on sale in the UK earlier in the week. It’s the first smartphone to get Google’s next generation mobile operating system – Android 4.0 dubbed Ice Cream Sandwich.
has published some initial performance analysis of the flagship smartphone obtained from the GLBenchmark database, which reveals that it performs better than
on the SunSpider Javascript benchmark and the Rightware BrowserMark, but lags in the graphics departments.
Galaxy Nexus is powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 dual-core processor running at 1.2 GHz and the Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 540 GPU for graphics. It also comes with a 4.65″ HD(1280 x 720) Super AMOLED screen, 1GB RAM, 5-megapixel camera and 1.3MP front facing camera. According to AnandTech, CPU side of things is comparable to Apple ‘s A5, although the cores are clocked noticeably higher than the 800MHz we saw in the iPhone 4S.
Meanwhile on the graphical side, iPhone 4S has the edge over Galaxy Nexus in the graphics department when it comes to hardware as the Galaxy Nexus comes with PowerVR SGX 540 from Imagination Technologies, whereas iPhone 4S makes use of dual-core SGX 543MP2 GPU from Imagination Technologies.
As you can see in the graph above, the new Galaxy Nexus outperforms on the SunSpider Javascript benchmark and the Rightware BrowserMark.
However, the roles are reversed in the graphics department with the iPhone 4S outperforming the Galaxy Nexus as you can see in the GLBenchmark 2.1 Egypt and Pro tests.
Google really pushed the performance of its software further with Ice Cream Sandwich, while GPU performance is limited by the SGX 540. The good news is that there’s more than enough hardware at ICS’ disposal to deliver a smooth experience.
We’ll have to wait and see how Apple responds, as it now has an incentive to make the iPhone and iOS even better, which is always a good thing for us as customers.

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