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Nexus 5 first benchmarks surface: top-shelf performance

Nexus 5 first benchmarks surface: top-shelf performance
The Nexus 5 is out and so are the first performance tests. It is no secret that the Snapdragon 800 system chip is the exact same silicon powering the latest flagships including the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2. Just how powerful is the Nexus 5, though, and where exactly does it fit in the Android landscape? Only benchmarking can tell and what it tells is that the Nexus 5 is among the top performers out there.

The first official benchmark results measure CPU performance of the Krait 400 cores and there are four of them in Snapdragon 800. The test is Sunspider benchmark and Google’s Nexus 5 scores admirably in the top places. Another test that confirms its speedy processor is Octane where the Nexus 5 scored a very high 3907 points, but sadly we could not compare the results from Octane with other devices as we can with Sunspider.

Sunspider benchmark

score
Lower is better
Apple iPhone 5s
415.7
HTC One
977.9
Samsung Galaxy S4
1082.9
Sony Xperia Z1
746.2
LG G2
932.8
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
599
Google Nexus 5
723.9
View all
The remaining two tests have actually surfaced earlier (they were likely done on non-final prototypes, so take them with a grain of salt) and they measure graphics, but this time around we put them in the context of other devices. This shows how well the Nexus 5 will handle games in comparison with the top-shelf smartphones of today.

The first test we have the results from is the Basemark X benchmark. It is a stressful gaming test including particle effects, advanced lighting effects and post processing. The test is close to a real game (a very, very graphically intensive one) and is built on the Unity 4.0 engine.

Basemark X on-screen test

score
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s
27.685
HTC One
8.236
Samsung Galaxy S4
9.148
Sony Xperia Z1
17.007
LG G2
14.662
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
18.1
Google Nexus 5
17.342
View all
The second test is the well-known GFXBench in its latest and most demanding T-Rex graphical test. Here again, the Nexus 5 scores an excellent 23 frames per second, very close to that coveted 30fps smooth gaming framerate. The only handset that outdoes it here is the Note 3, but matching the powerful iPhone 5 is quite a feat for the affordable Nexus.

GFXBench T-Rex HD off-screen test

score
Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s
23
HTC One
15
Samsung Galaxy S4
16
Sony Xperia Z1
21
LG G2
20
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
26
Google Nexus 5
21
View all
All in all, the Nexus 5 is obviously a solid no-compromise device when it comes to performance and you can easily play the latest and most demanding game on it. How do you like what you see?

reference: GigaOm

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posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:32

1. doonroy (Posts: 10; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Hi guys! sorry to ask a noob question!
If I buy the Nexus 5 directly from Google Store, is it unlocked? can I just use it on T-mobile network?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:34 4

6. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


you can use it on most GSM networks including T-Mobile.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:34 8

7. adolert15 (Posts: 27; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


Nexus 5 is unlocked and you can use it on T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:38 2

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


cool, so It comes unlocked? Nice, so all I would have to do is buy a T-Mobile sim right?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:49 1

20. adolert15 (Posts: 27; Member since: 12 Oct 2012)


That's right mate. Just need to know the Nexus 5 sim card size.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:49

21. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)


cool thanks

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 17:07

47. Beaustir45 (Posts: 27; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


are you sure you could use it on sprint?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 17:08

48. Beaustir45 (Posts: 27; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


I mean, bought directly from Google play store, and not from sprint. I ask this because I'm sure you won't be able to buy the phone directly from sprint for anywhere near $350

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:31

63. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


But Sprint doesn't uses SIM CARDS

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:43

69. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Sprint's HTC One comes with a SIM card. I'm not positive, but there's probably a way you could get one from Sprint. Y'know, if you begged or something.

(Hee hee, comment 69...! Happy Halloween!)

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:54 7

45. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


We don't know how much we hate iPhone but truth is still iPhone easily blows away every smartphone in this test.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:54

60. bibekpachhai (unregistered)


Even though it doesn't have the quadcore processor and the 2 gb ram, Iphone is a smooth device.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 20:44 11

62. wilsong17 (unregistered)


one app at a time

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 22:49 7

70. Commentator (Posts: 3709; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


1,000,000+ pixels less at a time.

(Although I'm not positive these tests take pixel-count into consideration or not.)

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 23:29 4

71. mittalmailbox (Posts: 51; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)


at twice the price and low resolution/screensize

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:04

55. steedsofwar (unregistered)


yes you can

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:32

58. madmikepr (Posts: 138; Member since: 09 Aug 2011)


yes the kraken has been Release...

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:32 5

2. GrapeEyes (Posts: 248; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


Whats the use of being fast when the battery runs out in 4 hours!!! and the camera pics is yellowish

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:08 7

25. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


The battery on your nexus 5 runs out in 4 hours?

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:17 20

26. jsebago (Posts: 5; Member since: 10 Sep 2013)


I am sick of this guy comments...

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:24 9

33. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


You and me both

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 19:15 1

57. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Nop but we all lol. Just kidding GrapeEyes.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 23:41 1

72. kabhijeet.16 (Posts: 811; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)


This "GrapEyes" idiot thinks he can influence the sales of android devices by juz Trolling....
LOL... I pity him...

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 21:31

64. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


so is youre icon pic

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:33 1

3. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 253; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


Very interesting.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:33 6

4. BillyG (Posts: 305; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)


iPhone 5s blows them all

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 15:39 17

13. GeekMovement (Posts: 2156; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


except the note 3 (:

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:20 8

29. bigstrudel (Posts: 518; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)


Boosted results. You can pretty much look at the G2 for actual benchmark scores. Same exact hardware and also has a bloated version of Android as well.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 16:52 21

43. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


What makes you so sure Apple doesn't boost their scores?

You use the same exact argument without knowing what Apple does. Typical.

posted on 31 Oct 2013, 18:59 1

52. _PHug_ (Posts: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


I was about to hop all over him with this but you beat me to it. +1 for you

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