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Although Samsung's new Galaxy S III has received mixed reports in terms of features and design compared to the expectations of Samsung's new flagship handset, one area where it doesn't disappoint is in terms of performance. Early benchmarks are out and the Galaxy S III is pretty much the fastest handset you will be able to get your hands on soon.

Although Samsung's new Galaxy S III has received mixed reports in terms of features and design compared to the expectations of Samsung's new flagship handset, one area where it doesn't disappoint is in terms of performance. Early benchmarks are out and the Galaxy S III is pretty much the fastest handset you will be able to get your hands on soon.

Both Anandtech and Nordic Hardware have put the new handset through a range of benchmarks and the two publications have come up with fairly similar numbers. In the Sunspider JavaScript benchmark we're looking at the fastest ARM powered handset to date, although interestingly Intel's Atom powered Xolo X900 is actually top dog in this specific test.

browsermark Samsungs Galaxy S III gets benchmarked, impresses

In Rightware's BrowserMark Samsung is way ahead of its closest competitor which is oddly enough Asus' Transformer Prime tablet, but considering that the Galaxy S III is some 53,000 points and change ahead of it, we wouldn't exactly call it close. In fact, there are plenty of dual core phones that were launched last year that can't even manage 53,000 points in this specific benchmark and that should speak volumes for how fast the Galaxy S III is.

In Basemark the Galaxy S III gets beaten by the HTC one S and HTC's other flagship phone the one X beats the Galaxy S III in Vellamo, but in the latter case we're looking at the dual core Qualcomm powered version for the US market rather than the Tegra 3 powered international version.

glbenchmark Samsungs Galaxy S III gets benchmarked, impresses

With a faster version of ARM's Mali-400/MP4 GPU inside the Exynos 4 Quad SoC, Samsung has also managed to impress in terms of 3D performance. In fact, at the moment there doesn't appear to be a single handset that performs better in GLBenchmark 2.1, although the iPhone 4S comes close in the Pro tests. Admittedly this is only during off-screen testing as there's no v-sync to limit the frame rate. With v-sync enabled there are plenty of handsets that offer the same performance, but then again this would be expected. The handset doesn't fare quite as well in RightWare's Basemark ES 2.0, but it's still one of the faster handsets here too.

Opinions might we split over the design, features and so on, but if you're looking for what at least for the time being is the fastest handset in the market, the Galaxy S III is most likely what you're going to want. That said, it's questionable as to what extent this extra performance will translate into actual usable performance that have an impact on your day to day usage of your handset. The Galaxy S III looks like it could be a gamer's dream, that is if there were any games good enough to take advantage of all the GPU power on offer. Either which way, Samsung has proven that it can make better quad core ARM SoC's than Nvidia, which is no mean feat in itself.

Source: Anandtech, Nordic Hardware (in Swedish)