Samsung I9105 Galaxy S II Plus preview: First look

GSMArena team, 11 January 2013.

Synthetic benchmarks

One of the major differences between the Samsung Galaxy S II Plus and the classic Galaxy S II lies in the chipsets that power the two smartphones. While both feature dual-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A9 CPUs, the Plus version has a Broadcom GPU, whereas the regular Galaxy S II employs a Mali-400MP.

Different may not always mean better, but given that the Galaxy S II Plus comes with Android 4.1.2 out of box, it should have an edge in that department over the Galaxy S II, which hase yet to be upgraded to Jelly Bean.

The BenchmarkPi single-threaded CPU calculations test lands the Galaxy S II Plus towards the bottom of the pack, but that's expected against mostly higher clocked processors. Besides it does notably better than its predecessor, so it's a pretty solid performance indeed.

Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • HTC One X (Snapdragon S4)
    279
  • HTC One S
    306
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    338
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    344
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    408
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    409
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
    452
  • Sony Xperia S
    536

Strangely, multi-core performance sees some altogether unimpressive results from the Galaxy S II chipset. It does markedly worse than the Exynos on the original Samsung Galaxy S II and leads us to suspect that the Linpack benchmark has its issues with 4.1.2 devices.

Linpack

Higher is better

  • HTC One S
    210.0
  • HTC One X (Snapdragon S4)
    196.0
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    177.1
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    126.1
  • Sony Xperia S
    86.4
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
    77.6
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    77.1
  • HTC Sensation XE
    50.4
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    41.8

Quadrant is an altogether different story, as the Galaxy S II Plus handily beats out the Galaxy S II, and falls in just behind the quad-core devices we have tested.

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    5365
  • HTC One X (Snapdragon S4)
    5146
  • HTC One S
    5047
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    4842
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    3542
  • Samsung Galaxy Note
    3531
  • Sony Xperia S
    3173
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
    3053
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    2316

GLBenchmark runs offscreen at 1080p resolution - putting all our tested devices on equal footing. The Broadcom VideoCore IV HW GPU failed to beat the Mali-400MP inside the Galaxy S II, but stayed pretty close to it, nonetheless.

GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • LG Optimus G
    29
  • Apple iPhone 5
    27
  • Nexus 4
    26
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    17
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    15
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
    13
  • HTC One X+
    12
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    11
  • HTC One X
    9

Finally, the SunSpider and Browsermark benchmarks gave us some great results. Given all the recent Jelly Bean optimizations to the web browser this was almost expected, and we suspect the Galaxy S II will jump up closer to the Galaxy S II Plus once the imminent Jelly Bean update gets released.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1447
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    1460
  • HTC One S
    1708
  • New Apple iPad
    1722
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    1757
  • HTC One X (Snapdragon S4)
    1834
  • Samsung Galaxy S II
    1849
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    1863
  • Apple iPhone 4S
    2217
  • Sony Xperia S
    2587

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • LG Optimus G
    2555
  • Acer CloudMobile S500
    1877
  • Nokia Lumia 820
    1760
  • Samsung Omnia W
    1632
  • Samsung Galaxy S III (JB)
    1247
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    1079
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    714
  • Sony Xperia J
    587
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