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Smartphones with the fastest benchmark tests

Which are the smartphones with the fastest benchmark tests?

We came up with a list of twenty of the fastest smartphones, based on Geekbench benchmark tests.


Benchmark tests

Benchmark tests are useful for determining the speed of smartphones. They are particularly important in comparing how one device is better or worse than another in terms of specific categories like CPU, graphics, or memory performance. If you are in the market for a new smartphone, these tests can aid in your decision, especially if performance is your top priority.


Geekbench is a benchmark test app that measures the performance of the CPU and memory of various devices across different platforms. On its official website, it shows the results from tests performed by actual users and shows the average scores. Geekbench results are based on a scale whose baseline is a score of 1,000, the score of a single-processor Power Mac G5 running at the speed of 1.6GHz. On such scale, higher scores are deemed better. The chart is updated every two hours, so consumers are ensured that the results are always up-to-date.

Apart from Geekbench, various benchmark tests are available, including Androbench, AnTuTu, CFBench, GLBench, Google Octane, Google V8, Quadrant Standard, SunSpider, and Vellamo. Some of these tests are not compatible with the different operating systems. For instance, AnTuTu, NenaMark, Quadrant Standard and Vellamo are not suitable for testing iOS devices. Meanwhile, others like Androbench or Google Octane, only focus on particular elements, such as storage or JavaScript performance.


According to Geekbench results, the Samsung Galaxy S4, particularly the model with the the quad-core Exynos 5 Octa 5410 1600 MHz processor, has the highest score. Said model of the Galaxy S4 scored an average of 3510, which is 300 points higher than the LTE version with the quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1900 MHz processor. Following the Samsung flagship is the HTC One, then two LG smartphones: the LG Nexus 4 and the LG Optimus G. The list continues with the Sony Xperia Z, the Xiaomi MI-2, two models of the Samsung Galaxy Note II, and the HTC Droid DNA in tenth place. In the lower half of the list, we find the first non-Android device, the Blackberry Z10, followed by several Android smartphones again: the HTC Butterfly and three models of the Samsung Galaxy S II. In sixteenth place is the dual-core Apple iPhone 5 with the Apple A6 1300 MHz processor, another Samsung Galaxy S III model, and the CDMA+GSM version of the Apple iPhone 5. Finally, at the bottom of the top twenty list are the Sony Xperia T and the HTC One X+.

The list of the smartphones with the fastest benchmark tests is dominated by Android smartphones. Only three devices in the list are from other platforms, specifically Blackberry and iOS. There was no information on Windows Phone devices in the Geekbench results, which explains why no Windows-based devices appear on the list.

Sony Xperia ZU, Pantech IM-A880

Also missing from the list are the Sony Xperia ZU and the Pantech IM-A880, two devices that recently underwent AnTuTu benchmark tests. These two devices have both scored higher on such test compared to the the Samsung Galaxy S4 with the Exynos 5 Octa processor. However, no Geekbench test results are available for such devices as of the moment.

Sources: primatelabs 1, 2, mostly-tech

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