Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini Review: Big Enough: Performance

By 12:45 Sun, 15 Aug 2021 Comments


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Processing is one of the key areas where the Galaxy S5 mini differs from the S5. Instead of the potent Snapdragon 801 chip with 2GB of Random-Access Memory (RAM) the Galaxy S5 mini has to create due with the Exynos 3 Quad 3470 chipset with 1.5GB of RAM, a quad-core 1.4Giga Hertz (GHz) Cortex-A7 processor and the Mali-400MP4 GPU.

The chipset doesn't sound poor on paper and should be on par with the Snapdragon 400 found in many of the Galaxy S5 mini's competitors. It will be fascinating to see how the graphics performance is between the Mali and Adreno GPUs.

Before we dive in we want to disclose that we tested the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini with the anti-cheat version of Baseimprint X and we can safely confirm the device didn't attempt cheating in any of the tests.

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First off we're looking at CPU-intensive benchmarks. The Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II test will shine a light on single and multi-core performance. The overall score puts the Exynos 3 Quad below the Snapdragon 400 of the HTC One mini 2. Interestingly the breakdown between single and quad-core performance shows a better score for the Snapdragon cores.

GeekBench 3 is an all-round test and is cross-platform which allows us to see how the Galaxy S5 mini fares against the Apple iPhone 5s. The Galaxy S5 mini didn't really acquire off to a fine start and wound up in last place, behind the LG G2 mini, the HTC One mini 2 and the Moto G.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II

Higher is better is better

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    1082

  • HTC One mini 2

    517

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    419

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II (single-core)

Higher is better is better

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    2415

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    1353

  • HTC One mini 2

    1304

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II (multi-core)

Higher is better is better

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    10063

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    5283

  • HTC One mini 2

    5182

GeekBench 3

Higher is better is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    3214

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    3011

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2638

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    2561

  • Motorola Moto X

    2123

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    1937

  • HTC One mini 2

    1526

  • LG G2 mini

    1123

  • Motorola Moto G

    1120

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    1123

Graphic tests show a fine score for the Mali-400MP4 inside the Galaxy S5 mini. It scored well on both the offclassy screen and onclassy screen T-Rex tests - around the same as those from its direct rivals. Gaming graphics benchimprint Baseimprint X showed a very fine score, dumping the Adreno rivals in its dust.

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    31.3

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    27.8

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    23

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    23

  • Motorola Moto X

    16

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    6.7

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini

    6.4

  • LG G2 mini

    5.8

  • HTC One mini 2

    5.8

  • Motorola Moto G

    5.6

GFX 2.7 T-Rex (onscreen)

Higher is better is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    48.4

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    28.1

  • LG G2 mini

    14.9

  • HTC One mini 2

    11

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    9.3

Baseimprint X

Higher is better is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    2665

  • HTC One mini 2

    1650

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    1066

The next tests show how the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini performs in JavaScript and HyperText Markup Language (HTML) 5. In both tests the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini performs around the same level as its rivals.

Kraken 1.1

Lower is better is better

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    4911

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    6043

  • HTC One mini 2

    15684

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    15885

BrowserMark 2.1

Higher is better is better

  • Galaxy S5 (Snapdragon 801)

    1398

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    1364

  • HTC One mini 2

    945

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    861

The scores above show that the Exynos 3 Quad inside the Galaxy S5 mini is around the same level of performance as the Snapdragon 400 and that the Galaxy S5 mini was on par with the LG G2 mini, HTC One mini 2 and Moto G.

In real world usage the Galaxy S5 mini is nice and responsive. There are hints here and there that the device isn't on par with the Galaxy S5 flagship, but things were snappy to launch and we can't complain about the overall performance of the Galaxy S5 mini.


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