Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 review: Flying first class

GSMArena team, 23 October 2013.
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Synthetic benchmarks and performance

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is available in two different versions - a Snapdragon 800-powered LTE model and a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa-running Wi-Fi and 3G editions.

We have the Wi-Fi-only model of the Galaxy Note 10.1 at our disposal, so we'll be running our benchmark routine over the latest Samsung Exynos 5420 chipset. It uses ARM's big.LITTLE architectures and has a four 1.5GHz Cortex-A15 cores and a four 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 cores on its processor. The slate can't use both sets of cores simultaneously, instead it utilizes the power-saving Cortex-A7 for lighter tasks and runs on the Cortex-A15 when reporting for heavier duties.

Samsung has announced it is possible to unlock the capability to use all eight cores simultaneously via a firmware update, but there is a risk of huge power drainage or overheating, so there is very little chance the Note 10.1 will be getting this update.

Our first benchmark tests single-core performance. The Cortex-A15 core proved to be a worthy competitor for the 2.3GHz clocked Krait 400 CPUs, but still came second best.

Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    99
  • LG G2
    99
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
    115
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    115
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    115
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    130
  • HTC One Max
    131
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    132
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    132
  • HTC Butterfly S
    135
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    147
  • HTC One
    151
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    166
  • Sony Xperia Z
    264
  • HTC Butterfly
    266
  • Oppo Find 5
    267
  • HTC One X+
    280
  • LG Optimus G
    285
  • HTC One mini
    293
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    305
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    330
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    350
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    359
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
    366
  • Nexus 4
    431

The multi-core Linpack trial saw the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition post another score very close to those of the Snapdragon 800 rivals.

Linpack

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    1081
  • LG G2
    1054
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    1034
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    1004
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
    969
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    818
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    791
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    788
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    743
  • HTC One Max
    723
  • HTC Butterfly S
    669
  • HTC One
    646
  • Sony Xperia Z
    630
  • HTC Butterfly
    624
  • LG Optimus G
    608
  • Oppo Find 5
    593
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    413
  • HTC One mini
    320
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    214.3
  • Nexus 4
    213.5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
    185
  • HTC One X+
    177.7
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    175.5
  • HTC One X
    160.9
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    141.5

GeekBench 3 is a very popular CPU and memory benchmark, where the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 beats every other device we've tested bar for its Galaxy Note 3 stablemate.

Geekbench 3

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    2937
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
    2743
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    2670
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2638
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    2561
  • LG G2
    2243
  • HTC One
    1972
  • HTC One Max
    1899
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    1869
  • LG Optimus G
    1623
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    1315
  • LG Nexus 4
    1288
  • HTC Butterfly
    1257
  • Oppo R819
    1047
  • HTC One mini
    887

Quadrant gauges the overall device performance and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition came some way behind the best devices we have tested. Of course the higher resolution has certainly took its toll here.

Quadrant

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z1
    20388
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    20052
  • LG G2
    19815
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    18177
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
    17945
  • HTC Butterfly S
    13130
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    12446
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    12376
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    12105
  • HTC One Max
    11914
  • HTC One
    11746
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    11346
  • Sony Xperia Z
    8075
  • HTC One X+
    7632
  • LG Optimus G
    7439
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    7153
  • Oppo Find 5
    7111
  • HTC One mini
    6048
  • HTC One X
    5952
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    5916
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    5450
  • Nexus 4
    4567

Even the pixel rich display didn't prevent the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition from topping the AnTuTu 4 scoreboard, though.

AnTuTu 4

Higher is better

  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
    33198
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    31109
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    30850
  • LG G2
    30243
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    29185
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
    27613
  • HTC One
    26389
  • HTC One Max
    26348
  • LG Nexus 4
    17006

Next we put the Mali-T628MP6 GPU through the GFX Benchmark. It did as we expected - excellent and very close to the top of both tests. However, the Adreno 330 inside the Galaxy Note 3 managed to beat it on both occasions.

GLBenchmark 2.5 Egypt (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    68
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
    60
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    60
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    60
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    56
  • LG G2
    54
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    43
  • HTC Butterfly S
    42
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    41
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    41
  • HTC One Max
    41
  • HTC One
    37
  • Oppo Find 5
    32
  • Google Nexus 4
    32
  • Sony Xperia Z
    31
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    31
  • Sony Xperia SP
    31
  • Apple iPhone 5
    30
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    30
  • LG Optimus G
    21
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
    17
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    17
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    17
  • HTC One mini
    15
  • HTC One X
    11

GLBenchmark 2.7 T-Rex (1080p off-screen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    26
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    23
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    23
  • Apple iPhone 5s
    23
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
    22
  • LG G2
    22
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    17.1
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    17.1
  • Apple iPad 4
    16.8
  • HTC Butterfly S
    16
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    16
  • HTC One Max
    14
  • Google Nexus 10
    13.9
  • LG Optimus G
    13.9
  • Sony Xperia Z
    13.5
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    13
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    12.8
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    6.4
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
    6.3
  • HTC One mini
    5.6
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    4.9

Moving on to the Epic Citadel benchmark, which runs on the screen and factors in the higher resolution. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 scored significantly lower than the top smartphones here, although it still produced playable framerates.

Epic Citadel

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z1
    54.9
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    54.9
  • LG G2
    51
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    47.7
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    37.2
  • HTC One
    35.6
  • HTC One Max
    34.9
  • HTC Butterfly
    29.6
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
    24.1

Just as we expected the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 slate posted an impressive score in the JavaScropt SunSpider benchmark. It even managed to top the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 despite the two sharing their JavaScript enging.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s
    403
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
    569
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    587
  • Apple iPhone 5
    694
  • Apple iPhone 5c
    704
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    750
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    845
  • LG G2
    908
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    1046
  • HTC One
    1174
  • HTC One Max
    1295
  • LG Optimus G
    1293
  • HTC One mini
    1375
  • LG Nexus 4
    1379
  • HTC Butterfly
    1397
  • Oppo R819
    1423
  • Huawei Ascend P6
    3858

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition beat every device we've put through the BrowserMark 2 test bar the iPhone 5s.

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 5s
    3549
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
    3138
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    3041
  • Apple iPhone 5
    2825
  • Apple iPhone 5c
    2799
  • LG G2
    2718
  • LG Optimus G
    2555
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    2438
  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    2419
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2398
  • HTC Butterfly S
    2378
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    2338
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2314
  • HTC One
    2262
  • HTC One Max
    2243
  • Sony Xperia Tablet Z
    2170
  • HTC One mini
    2164
  • Sony Xperia ZL
    2107
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2093
  • LG Optimus G Pro
    1801
  • Oppo Find 5
    1797
  • Nexus 4
    1794
  • Nokia Lumia 920
    1774
  • Google Nexus 10
    1773
  • HTC Butterfly
    1475
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1247

Finally comes Vellamo and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition rounded up an overall impressive performance, even if it again come a bit short of the top Snapdragon 800 devices.

Vellamo

Higher is better

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra
    2944
  • LG G2
    2908
  • Sony Xperia Z1
    2904
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
    2853
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
    2743
  • HTC Butterfly S
    2592
  • HTC One Max
    2523
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    2418
  • HTC One
    2382
  • HTC One mini
    2252
  • Sony Xperia Z
    2189
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    2078
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (S600)
    2060
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Octa)
    2056
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2019
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
    1936
  • HTC Butterfly
    1866
  • Oppo Find 5
    1658
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1641
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1568
  • LG Optimus G
    1522
  • Nexus 4
    1310

So, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is certainly a powerhouse, posting solid scores all over the field. The good news is that more often than not this translates to flawless real-life performance and instant app loading.

However, on a few occasions we did notice some lag, which suggests that the firmware still has a few bugs that need to be addressed. There were no traces of it on the Galaxy Note 3, so we assume it has something to do with the tablet optimization of the TouchWiz UI.

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