The Galaxy S4 is like an F1 race car revving its engines on the starting grid, but already we have one of its lap times available to us -- and it's fast.
Geekbench 2 dev Primate Labs has published a comparison of benchmarks collected from its software, comparing some of the fastest devices on the market today. As you can see in the image above, the Galaxy S4 is well out in front of its nearest rival, the HTC One, and it nearly doubles the Galaxy S3 from last year running on Samsung's own quad-core Exynos processor.
Also note, this isn't even the octo-core Galaxy S4, rather it is the quad-core version running on the Qualcomm S4 Pro chipset. We can only imagine (read: fantasise) about how quick Samsung's new processor is.
How fast is fast?
Of course, synthetic benchmarks are only one small indicator of performance, and there is a lot more in the complex relationship between the software and the hardware than a single benchmark can illustrate.
Geekbench tests, for example, are designed to test processing and memory performance, but do not look at 3D graphics or the execution of web tools, in the way other benchmarks do. For those playing at home, Geekbench benchmarks against a 2003 PowerMac G5 with a score of 1,000. This make the Galaxy S4 three-times faster than a decade-old desktop computer.
There are stacks more tests we are looking forward to running on the Galaxy S4, so check back with our review regularly for the most recent updates as we head towards the phone's release in April.