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Samsung Galaxy S II vs. DROIDX2 – Benchmarks

As many of you know by now, we picked up a Samsung Galaxy S II to try to understand the massive amounts of hype that this device has seen even though it has yet to land in the U.S.  We walked through a quick hands-on yesterday, but wanted to come back today and fulfill some reader requests which called for a string of benchmarks to be done.  And since we happen to have a DROIDX2 handy, we thought it would be a great dual-core competitor to match it up against.

Here are the results we came up with after running SmartBench, CF-Bench, Linpack, Quadrant Standard, Neocore, and Nenmark1 a number of times on both devices.  

(All images can be clicked to see larger versions.)

(Galaxy S II will be on the left in each set.)

SmartBench:  Samsung Galaxy S II vs. Motorola DROIDX2

CF-Bench:  Samsung Galaxy S II vs. Motorola DROIDX2

Quadrant:  Samsung Galaxy S II vs. Motorola DROIDX2

Linpack:  Samsung Galaxy S II vs. Motorola DROIDX2

(Single Thread:  SGS2 vs. DROIDX2)

(Multi-Thread:  SGS2 vs. DX2)

Neocore:  Samsung Galaxy S II vs. Motorola DROIDX2

Nenamark1:  Samsung Galaxy S II (top) vs. Motorola DROIDX2 (bottom)

We’re not about to claim to be benchmark gurus by any means, but there is something pretty evident here, and that’s the fact that the Galaxy S II is wiping the floor with the DROIDX2.  (The SGS2 that I’m in possession of has a 1.2GHz dual-core Exynos processor and the DX2 as you all know is running NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2.)  One thing I will note though, is that the DX2 is still running Froyo (Android 2.2) and a ridiculously buggy version of MotoBlur, so I wouldn’t be surprised if these numbers jumped up quite a bit after it receives Gingerbread (Android 2.3).  That’s all speculation of course.

And now we await the arrival of the DROID3 and it’s dual-core OMAP to see if it can stand up to this beast that Samsung has produced.

  • also keep in mind that you have only a 1ghz dual core in the droid x, a qHD screen with 35% more pixels that need to be processed & only 512mb of ram. i’d say that the scores the droid x got was more than the exynos if you were to have the droid with lower resolution & up the speed to 1.2ghz instead of just 1ghz & up’d the ram to 1gig instead of 512mb’s i’d say the droid would be mopping the floor with the galaxy 2. but all in all the droid does give a great score considering the lower clock speed & lower ram along with the higher res aka 35% more pixels. i’d say its more even than just a win. more games & apps will be made for the qHD screens & for tegra chips so in reality games will play better on the droid x & if they arent tegra games then being only 3 frames a second slower is not a bad trade off for the higher res & longer battery life due to the lower clock speed & lower ram, which brings up the fact that it seems to be more efficient also. i would wait on the galaxy s but its been too long & i just saw the benchmarks, im sure the photon with the same chipset as the droid x but with 1gig of ram would produce better scores on par with the sgs2. so i might get the photon if there is no sgs2 in sight.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t consider this an apples to apples test. One phone is clocked slightly higher than the other, they are running different versions of android, and they don’t run on the same carrier. No doubt the samsung is quicker…won’t argue that…but I don’t consider this a direct comparison by any means.

  • The SGSII does have a lower resolution screen 

  • Anonymous

    The Samsung Galaxy S II: The phone after the phone after my dream phone.

  • I’ve been heavily into the recent Samsung devices. Even my younger sister’s Continuum is pretty fantastic. 

    The Galaxy Tab is sure to wipe the floor with the iPad, especially with 4G LTE capabilities. 

  • Anonymous


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  • But CM7 is already being developed for it.

  • Anonymous

    And this just in:

    “Update: We have just been informed that the Galaxy S II
    is now available in Puerto Rico (US territory) on Verizon’s “Claro”
    network. We were also told that it has not been called “Function”.”

    When will we see this remarkable phone?  I bet within the next 3 weeks on Verizon here in the states. 

  • Anonymous

    No LED indicator light = deal breaker more than LTE .. IMO

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  • Prickee

    C’Mon 4G…….4 SGSII make us proud Verizon.

  • Tuggy24g

    I thought the Samsung Galaxy S II was a 3G phone or am I wrong???

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  • Anonymous

    The sad thing is this phone isn’t even available in the U.S. (unless you pay a overinflated price for a grey market version).  So here we have the best mobile phone in the world and NO U.S carrier even has it.  

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  • MicroNix

    Oh now you did it Kellex….after seeing this post Motorola is going to be going back to the drawing board for *another* update and subsequent delay.

    • MicroNix

      Meaning for the Bionic….since the SGSII pretty much whipped the DX2 silly.

  • Anonymous

    Day after day I see news on the galaxy s 2 and day in day out I want it more and more. Still not sold completely, but I know its either this or the bionic…but we all know which one is probably the best choice

  • Btw, there’s no point in waiting for Droid 3 for benchmarks because I can tell you right now  they’ll be lower too.  It won’t matter what CPU/GPU they use. 

    All you geeks want to root/unlock devices but don’t know shit about anything somehow.  Don’t you know from dealing with PC’s that the higher the resolution the lower fps will go.  Pretty simple.

    Compare qhd devices to qhd devices or wait till someone actually makes a decent benchmark.

  • What a stupid comparison, you’d think people who write blogs about these things would know a little more than one device wiping the floor with the other one.

    Iphone 3gs destroys iphone 4 in benchmarks too LOL 

    You think resolution matters a little bit?????

    35% more pixels – 20% clock speed – 50% less ram + android 2.2 = 

    Only 18% higher Quadrant, 41% higher smartbench prod, 20% LOWER smartbench gaming

    So you dig deeper and see this pathetic droid x2 is more than just keeping up with the supposed super powerhouse.

    GS2 most overrated phone in a long time.

    • TakeTHIS

      WOW ur very smart THANKS “SARCASM” 😀

  • Tyler Cunning

    whats the name of the transparent google search widget on the samsung galaxy s 2?

    Thanks in advance

  • Looks like about 20% better performance out of the SGSII, which makes perfect sense since the processors are dual 1.2Ghz and 1.0Ghz, respectively. I don’t think you’ll see much difference in the X2 on these tests even when it gets GB. Now comes the question as to which overclocks better. The X2 has a hefty margin to make up even with overclocking, though.

  • Looks like about 20% better performance out of the SGSII, which makes perfect sense since the processors are dual 1.2Ghz and 1.0Ghz, respectively. I don’t think you’ll see much difference in the X2 on these tests even when it gets GB. Now comes the question as to which overclocks better. The X2 has a hefty margin to make up even with overclocking, though.

  • Danford884

    Stupid question, but what’s the clock widget on the Samsung?

  • J Dub

    I am sitting on an upgrade until this is released on VZW. Plain and simple. No other device has my eye like this one. Everyone everywhere says its beast. Bring it on. 

    • Hoosiercub

      I believe you mean.. Bing it on 😉

  • Brandon Young

    SGS II is an awesome device.. but it must be stated that the Droid X2 is pushing more pixels(higher resolution), so it should have a slightly lower score.

  • Sorry but the Tegra 2 is not all it is cracked up to be.  I think the SGS2 will be comparable to the Droid 3 with the OMAP 4430.  Here is to hoping the Bionic has an OMAP instead of the original Tegra.

  • Make it 4G and keep it Bing-free and I could buy this in the very near future when released on VZW.

  • EC8CH

    Hey Kellex:


    …I’m just sayin’


  • EliX84

    I have always been with Samsung ever since the behold and its amoled. I actually find TW appealing, but as an owner of a DX i have to say that both the DX2 and the SGS2 really went backwards on design. The DX2 is probably just a remanufactured DX with the addition of the dual core and the qHD, they had to do something with all those returns. And the SGS2, whats up with the Iphone look, you do a wonderful job with the behold2 and all the line up of SGS and then on the second time around you pull out his crappy looking Iphone ripoff. It might be a great phone but you just lost me there. Of both of these I think i will wait for the D3 and hope for an unlocked bootloader, or finally settle with the Revolution, even though its a Samsung copycat

  • Anonymous

    1.2GHz to a 1.0GHZ processor. So GHz wise both phones run equal if you take into consideration one is 200Mhz higher than the other.

    • Zeas28

      Not really. The GSII has an enhanced Cortex A9 processor, and a faster GPU.
      Btw the Galaxy S II has a cap of 60fps, while the X2 doesn’t.

  • Slllllyyy

    Wow good job SGS2.
    But my original Droid X is still higher.

    *SGS2=epic fail*

  • Kevin

    Flawless victory!

  • Anonymous

    sprint is launching the SGS2 in the 3rd quarter if it can wiMax I dont see why Verizon would allow their version to be 3G…Verizon’s SGS2 NEEDS to be LTE, t-mo’s version will be faster & so will At&t’s… would Verizon really be ok with launching the best phone on it’s 2nd slowest network? I hope not

  • Anonymous

    So Kellex, did you ever end up clicking that “talk to singles on your mobile for free” link? Haha.

  • Xgrinder911

    How can you people say sg2 mops the floor on the Droid x2?? The x got right under the s2’s ass and its on 2.2 with a 1ghz porcessor dealing with a buggy version of motoblur! I’d say that’s pretty damn good!

    • Anonymous

      I think they need to compare the gs2 to the droid 3 when it comes out since it is supposed to have 2.3 and then see how it compares. I mean you can’t compare two different versions and expect it to be equal.

    • TakeTHIS

      its been compared to the sensation and the evo 3d both running on 1.2 dual core and gingerbread but the SGS2 still mops the floor. Check out youtube and you can see just how much faster ans smoother the sgs2 is.

    • Anonymous

      Yup, given the apples vs oranges comparison I would expect the SGS2 to come out ahead. 
      I can’t even contemplate the SGS2 even if it were out a month ago with LTE, it just looks 2007 to me.  DX2 is a repeat of something that at least looks decent.  

  • Anonymous

    A lot of it has to do with the fact that the Galaxy II doesn’t have a qHD screen so it doesn’t have to push as many pixels

    • EC8CH

      but at least the pixel it does have don’t look like $h!t

      • I like the x2 screen it looks a lot better than my original droid x..

        • I strongly disagree, but to each their own. That horse needed 9 lives for the amount it’s been beaten.

          • Takethis

            WTF r u talking about?

          • Anonymous

            The pentile screen blows

    • EC8CH

      but at least the pixel it does have don’t look like $h!t

    • TakeTHIS01

      supposedly the extra pixels only make about 3% difference in cpu + gpu performance

    • Stephen D

      That wouldn’t make any difference in CPU tests, which the Galaxy S2 wins at.

  • I feel like everyone forgets what a shitty UI Touchwiz is when its attached to sexy hardware.

    A year ago ask anyone if they wanted a original galaxy S and they would have told you they would rather cut their own wrists and feed their blood to a ravenous wild boar. Now this crap is attached to a nice thin piece of phone and all is forgiven?

    Give me HTC Sense over this ANY day of the week. SGSII no thanks.

    • Yeah what is with everyone suddenly so obsessed with Samsung? Last year everyone complained about Samsung the most. Why the total 180?

      • Anonymous

        Because Samsung has done a complete 180. I think the more people recognized that the updates were the fault of the carriers, people backed off a little. I always maintained that the Fascinate was the best phone in verizon’s lineup from a hardware perspective, just got the software a bit wrong. A Lot of people would agree.

        • Immolate

          Not a complete 180. Their phones still feel like they a model airplane put together by a six-year-old.

        • Stephen D

          Completely agree. The screen, CPU, GPU, and everything about the Fascinate were a cut above the rest, but the software dragged it down. When rooted, it’s an amazing phone, certainly better than anything else Verizon had.

      • Anonymous

        Because Samsung has done a complete 180. I think the more people recognized that the updates were the fault of the carriers, people backed off a little. I always maintained that the Fascinate was the best phone in verizon’s lineup from a hardware perspective, just got the software a bit wrong. A Lot of people would agree.

      • EC8CH

        In the past two years Samsung as done almost the exact opposite of Moto… ie make correct decisions

        • Once they stop using plastic maybe I’ll consider them

          • Agree plastic don’t sit rit with me

          • Andy25

            What’s the big deal? I’ve had an OG, Droid 2 Global, Incredible, and I don’t mind the plastic on my fascinate at all. It’s very light and thin, I don’t think it feels cheap either. However you could put a cover on it and make it as thick, but more resistent than a Motorola phone.

          • Stephen D

            They’re phones are actually extremely durable. My Fascinate gets thrown around and beat up, but there are no blemishes/cracks etc. The only scratches are on the battery cover, but that’s understandable and extremely easy to replace. And with the GS2, the battery cover isn’t really possible to scratch. Plus, plastic keeps the phone lighter and cooler in your hand. 

    • Anonymous

       Open bootloader = install whatever you want

      That is win.

    • Anonymous

      LP or ADW…What most people do anyways.

      I think the general consensus is give us vanilla android and allow US to choose our own skin from the market, ie: Sense, Blur, TouchWiz. Or, let us completely remove it if we so choose.

      • Personally I get sick of toying with my phone, I had Droid w Vanilla, Droid X w Blur, and now a T-Bolt with Sense. Sense is easily the best thing going on Android. Screw roms, there is always SOMETHING that doesnt work, the camera or SMS, or ringtones dont work, its always something.

        I want my phone to just work, and for me, Sense just works. I really hope that the giltches get ironed out on the T-Bolt,  My GPS locks slowly, and Tango Video chat bolt to bolt doesnt work. i do get random reboots about once a week, but its not enough to notice, ill just sometimes see that my uptime has reset from 100+ hrs back to 0. then it will be the perfect phone for me.

        • Anonymous

          “Sense just works”


        • Anonymous

          For most, the ability to customize your phone to your personal preferences is one of the major draws to the Android platform vs the competitors. I downloaded Launcher Pro on my Fascinate the minute I powered it up and haven’t looked back. You don’t necessarily have to root and ROM your phone. I understand that TW will still run in background, but that’s fine, so long as I don’t have to see it. To each his own though. 🙂

          • Anonymous

            In this respect TouchWiz is pretty good.  It’s a very lightweight skin, unlike Blur.  Blur is loaded with background services and just slows the hell out of phones even if your using another launcher.

          • Anonymous

            Not the new blur.

        • Immolate

          So you’re not saying you don’t like ROMs, Philip. You’re saying you like the ROM that Verizon and HTC collaborated to build better than the ROMs available in the wild, which have different problems than the stock ROM, which I call RYFCW or Rom Your Phone Came With. 

          Sitting here behind the dash of my Tbolt with 3.0 revs of dasBAMF Gingerbread badassery, I’m liking my ROM better than yours. Excuse me while I go watch some Neflix in the can.

    • Anonymous

      LP or ADW…What most people do anyways.

      I think the general consensus is give us vanilla android and allow US to choose our own skin from the market, ie: Sense, Blur, TouchWiz. Or, let us completely remove it if we so choose.

    • Stephen D

      I actually like TouchWiz4, a lot. TW3 was meh, the launcher sucked, it was a little buggy, but TW4 is amazing. The launcher is functional and smooth, the interface is nice, and it’s easily one of the most polished interfaces to date.

    • Anonymous

      You don’t have to use touchwiz? ADW Ex, LauncherPro, GoLauncher, Stock Gingerbread launcher.. all on the market. WITH touchwiz this phone runs smoother than any other android phone I’ve used, it’s not even close. There’s no lag with live wallpapers either.

  • Anonymous

    Why do I feel like you are leading up to some insider knowledge post with these lead-ups Kellex….. ya big tease 😛

  • I have 1st place on CF bench for Thunderbolt :DDD

    But was this really necessary to show? We already knew the GSII is a monster haha. 

  • Tegra 2 has already been shown its not the greatest in performance. That plus the higher resolution of the Droid X2 should be taken into account.

    • Zeas28

      Well Tegra 2 was the first to come out with a Dual Core A9 chip. The Galalxy S II has an enhanced A9 chip, so it’s naturally faster. You should also note that the Galaxy S II has been capped to 60fps, while Tegra 2 devices are uncapped. That means that the GS II got almost a perfect score on the graphics test.

  • Mr.Joe

    Doesn’t one run GB and the other Froyo?

    I don’t know about y’all but my OG Droid running GB beats the crap outta my OG Droid running Froyo.

    Even at that.  I believe the hardware in GS2 is better then the DX2. 

  • Don’t tell my wife but I am looking forward to a Verizon 4g SGS2 more than I did the birth of my second child.

    • OGDX

      Thats just cold.

    • Rob Meyer

      You already had 1 kid… the second is old news… now your first 4g device…that only happens once.

    • Anonymous

      Even with tiered data, a 4G phone with LTE will cost you a lot less in the long run. Not to mention…. you don’t have to change it’s diaper and phones now days are much better looking than any spawn I’ve seen crawling around.

    • Anonymous


    • Too bad it won’t be 4g.

      • Can’t say that yet. There is zero information on this phone and whether or not it will have LTE. The only thing that could possibly point to that is if they can’t keep the form factor. But we can’t prove that. Has there been a tear-down yet? Maybe there’s room. Maybe Dual-Mode LTE chip sets will be available by the time it releases.

        Also look at the Galaxy Tab 10.1. It has LTE, they didn’t sacrifice the form factor on it.

        I’m not saying it will have LTE. I’m just saying there is no way to know it won’t.

        • most of the new system on chips have an lte reciever built on, but they have problems with the frequencies clashing with the gps receiver. so that could be a reason that theyre not having lte, the rumor that samsung stated was that US carriers are more into htc & motorola phone due to better reception & this could be the reason why galaxy s had problems with there gps & it could be carried over to the american version sgs2 because of the frequencies we use over here.

    • Jake

      I won’t tell her. But then again, we don’t do a lot of talking when we’re together.

    • Spikepark

      If the OG Droid was the iPhone killer, the Galaxy S II has a good chance of becoming the Droid killer!

      • Welcomemat

        Yes, it definitely does!

    • verizons sgs2 isnt going to be 4G, sorry bud.

  • Anonymous

    Nice…is the Galaxy S2 coming to Verizon?

    • Anonymous

      It is supposed to come to VZW, but the question is what will it look like when it finally arrives, what with VZW throwing its apps and bloatware and even possibly another round of BING on it.

  • Not sure if you can count on a performance boost from GB–if you look at the first two shots, the GSII is benchmarked against a stock ROM running 2.3.3 (GB), the X2 against a stock ROM running 2.2.2 (Froyo).  The Froyo ROM is the winner there.

    However, that motoblur…yeah.  Not good.

    Also…so…”your device” in the first shot is listed as GT-I9100, while the GSII is listed further below as the absolute winner.  Er…what are we looking at?

  • Anonymous

    yes that is the test i want to see the Droid 3 vs. Galaxy S II…
    Winner of that will be my next phone as an OG Droid user the time has come i believe to pick a new phone…

  • Anonymous

    DAAAAAAAAAAAMN. I’ll be waiting in line for this if it hits VZW.

    • ??? Which carrier will grab this hot Andy as a flagship device?

      • Anonymous

        all of them except tmobile are getting it

        • Anonymous

          T-Mobile is getting Hercules which is basically an SGSII with a 4.5″ screen.

  • The charge got a bad benchmark score when really it shouldn’t of. So i never can trust Quadrant scores for other phones … (im not hating, Just saying how it is)

    • The Charge does get bad quadrant scores due to the laggy file system Samsung put on it.  My old OG Droid, mildly overclocked to 800mHz would get higher Quadrant scores.

      However…root it and do the voodoo lag fix file system conversion, and you too will get scores up in the 1400-1700 range (higher after the first run), like I now get.

  • 104.3 MFlops. Wow. Can’t wait for you to put up SGS2 vs. Bionic

  • Anonymous

    I’m happy enough with my ThunderBolt, I had the original Droid before, and after a few months it just started lagging and the camera stopped working. 
    I know newer phones with better screens and faster processors are gonna come out, 
    but I’m just hella happy to have a phone with a big screen that runs smooth, with great cameras and HTC Sense, which I always wanted on my Droid, Launcher Pro just wasn’t close enough. 

    • Rayman411vm

      feel the same way…i dont regret getting the bolt on launch day

      • Takethis01

        you will- you all will

        • Anonymous


      • Takethis01

        you will- you all will

  • tpryor

    Samsung is now taking over the phone world as they took down sony in the televison market.

    • Ioannis Stasinopoulos

      Is Samsung selling better than Panasonic? If only their plasmas didn’t buzz… Anyway SGS2 needs LTE otherwise it will be another Atrix.

      • Artistikmedicine


      • Stephen D

        I believe Panasonic sells more plasmas(and IMO, they make the best plasmas), but Samsung dominates the LCD market, though I prefer LG LCDs.

        • Ooo

          led tvs all day

          • Stephen D

            Plasmas all day. Deeper blacks, more natural and accurate colors, much smoother motion, less input lag, and a more “realistic” look. But you probably like Vivid/Dynamic and the “pop” of an LED, which is fine, but I don’t. 

          • adam watkins

            What a judicious response. Very pageant of you!

  • Anonymous

    SGS2 pwns bitches

  • SGS2 = beast

    4G and i’m sold.

  • i can’t believe how low the resolution is on the S II…

    • gearmonky

      SAMOLED+ over pentile crap any day.  moto’s new screens are reason enough for me to not pick one up.

      • Dj

         But the problem is the screen is the only thing that samsung has going for them they don’t have reliability, I just don’t find samsungs devices impressive yet it maybe fast on this test but it is almost comparing apples to oranges because your coming two different versions of the OS which they did say made some big differences because like they didn’t have the 2 cores fully enabled in version 2.2 like they do in 2.3 and the samsung is running a lower resolution which also lets it run faster so add that all up and yes of course your going to get a better score on the samsung so I am not at all impressed with it once you can compare an Apple to and Apple or an Orange to an Orange then I will be impressed and No I don’t in anyway mean the Company Apple

        • Anonymous

          not to mention 1.2 ghz processor to 1 ghz processor. Thats like comparing a viper to a mustang lol

    • Dj

       Well if the S II does have a lower resolution that would also explain part of the reason why it has a better score

    • Alecgale

      it has almost infinite contrast ratio and it takes away the pentile display which makes it better then retina and qhd dispays

  • Anonymous

    I want SGS2 =D