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Nokia Lumia 1520 bests Samsung Galaxy S5 in gaming benchmark test

Nokia Lumia 1520 bests Samsung Galaxy S5 in gaming benchmark test
One nice thing about most Windows Phone series devices is the smooth user experience that has proven itself to not be dependent on super-high-end hardware to make it happen. The gaming experience overall on Windows Phone is pretty good and the selection of games is no slacker.

Benchmark tests have come under a lot of scrutiny lately, and that is a good thing. Still, they are not without their uses and if the results shared by Rightware are on target, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is the device to own if mobile gaming is your thing.

The Lumia 1520 is a flagship by any standard, so most folks would scratch their heads at such news, but the fact that the yet-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy S5 was part of the test is what makes this interesting. The new Samsung is packing a newer Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, but the same Adreno 330 GPU.  Still, those that were expecting a breakthrough with Samsung's new flagship will be surprised.

Rounding out the top five behind these two beasts are the Asus PadFone Infinity 2, Pantech Vega Secret Note and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. All the devices arguably finished within inches of each other on the gaming centric Basemark X benchmark, making all of them a fine choice. When you look at the overall, Basemark OSII category, the Lumia 1520 finished in the top five (fifth), but still ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

source: Rightware via NPU

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posted on 05 Mar 2014, 15:48 17

1. silencer271 (Posts: 149; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


More proof that benchmarks dont make sales

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:06 24

7. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


100% agree with you because aggresive marketing and some dirty tricks is what make the sales :)

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:24 11

18. ihavenoname (Posts: 1220; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Nokia is doing aggressive marketing and hell it ain't working... Dirty tricks... IDK what you mean.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:30 10

21. maccess (Posts: 558; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


He is a samsung hater.. dont mind him..

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 18:03 8

34. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


At least i'm not some mindless fanboy like some of you (samsung fanboy) and this samsung hater is ex samsung loyal costomer since 2009-2013.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 18:38 1

36. maccess (Posts: 558; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


Yeah.. good to you..

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 17:09 9

29. yudi.nemesis (Posts: 1127; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


"Nokia is doing aggressive marketing and hell it ain't working" really???
What do you think about this?
http://m.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-remains-fastest-growing-mobile-os-europe

http://m.wpcentral.com/idc-windows-phone-91-surge-2013-shipments

http://m.wpcentral.com/windows-phone-104-YoY-growth-2013

"Dirty tricks... IDK what you mean"
Dirty tricks something like this

http://mobile.theverge.com/2013/10/24/5023658/samsung-fined-340000-for-posting-negative-htc-reviews

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 23:47 1

52. dratomic (Posts: 423; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i would love to see nokia at no 1 place again but this is growth rate. crude numbers and market share speaks for it self. like somebody said i can buy a jolla and next year all my friends (50 persons) buy it (5000%). and this would become an enormous growth but... you see where im goin with this

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 00:28

55. dratomic (Posts: 423; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


i would love to see nokia at no 1 place again but this is growth rate. crude numbers and market share speaks for it self. like somebody said i can buy a jolla and next year all my friends (50 persons) buy it (5000%). and this would become an enormous growth but... you see where im goin with this

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:37 10

24. akki20892 (Posts: 3222; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I Don't care about benchmark, as longest my phone run fast, and smooth with No lag.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:46 12

26. Doakie (Posts: 1077; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I don't care about benchmarks all I care about is Google Apps....

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:13 4

45. elitewolverine (Posts: 1092; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


And yet I don't use google apps for work or play, to each his own

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 15:55 11

2. fouadqr (Posts: 280; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Nokia ..we want Lumia 1520 but with 5" and 925 design :D !!!!

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:14 2

13. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


lol sorry, but heck no to the 925 design! That camera hump almost looks like a funnel to me, but the 920 & Icon (this is the answer) has a great design (:

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:22 2

17. fouadqr (Posts: 280; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)


Why not ?! 925 design is one of the best ! ..and the camera hump looks good :P

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 18:14

35. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


bleh! I tried to like it, but it never grew on me. Much much prefer the Lumia 920, 928, 1320, 1520 (yea it's got a camera hump too ]:), & Icon than that. If I move to T-Mobile, I really wanted to try their high end windows phone, but that design repels me ><

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 23:52

53. Furbal (Posts: 211; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)


Icon is a gorgeous phone in white...too bad I couldn't get it to work for MMS's on AT&T.

1520 RM-938 ordered last night....QI charging/32gb of goodness should get here next week instead of PMA charging like the terrible AT&T one

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 23:57

54. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


I agree the icon in white is great. Congrats on ordering your 1520, I'm jealous hehe!

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:31 2

22. akki20892 (Posts: 3222; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


You have to wait my friend because next version of 920 is coming, Martini. Slimmer like 925 and powerful packed with 8.1

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 23:23

51. zuckerboy (Posts: 898; Member since: 22 Dec 2011)


couldnt agree more...

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 15:55 9

3. Whateverman (Posts: 3187; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Nice victory for WP or the 1520... our both.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:35 6

23. akki20892 (Posts: 3222; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


This is what i call Perfectly done architecture of hardware by Nokia.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 15:58 2

4. xq10xa (Posts: 116; Member since: 07 Dec 2010)


And it begins.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 15:59 4

5. ahomad (Posts: 138; Member since: 15 May 2012)


The SGS5 is not released yet, so it sure is running unfinished softwar, I am not sammy fanboy and have never owned a samsung phine, but the truth need to be said

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 18:54

39. Glim12808 (Posts: 391; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


But the other Android phones in the test are already finished products and are being marketed yet the 1520 beat them.
And by the way, the S5 is running on Snapdragon 801 on 2.5GHZ while the 1520 is fitted with only the Snapdragon 800 running on lower 2.2GHZ.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:04 7

6. UglyFrank (Posts: 314; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


You can't really make an honest comparison with pre-release hardware

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 17:08

28. hurrycanger (Posts: 749; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


good point

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 19:00

41. Glim12808 (Posts: 391; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Not really a good point since included in the test were finished Android products all using the same SOC as the 1520.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 01:26

61. hurrycanger (Posts: 749; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


1520 vs GS5
You know what I'm talking about, man.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 18:58

40. Glim12808 (Posts: 391; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


But the 1520 was not just compared to the S5 with the faster Snapdragon 801 2.5GHZ SOC (the 1520 is on Snapdragon 800 running on only 2.2GHZ) but with other finished Android products in the test and the 1520 beat them all too!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 01:28

62. hurrycanger (Posts: 749; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


That doesn't prove the 1520 would beat the finished GS5, right? This and that are two totally different things. :)

You are not wrong. You're just... kinda off topic.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:07 8

8. _Bone_ (Posts: 2103; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)


What Windows gaming?

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:09 4

10. papss (unregistered)


Lets get one thing straight.. If you game on a cell phone I'm going to laugh at you. Game play trumps all and touch screens don't have it

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 02:27

59. livyatan (Posts: 641; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


Sure, because sitting in front a gaming rig is soo normal and comfortable.

Like hundreds of millions other people, I much prefer laying back and casually enjoying Real Racing(racing works miles better with gyroscopic steering than with any keyboard FYI), or play a strategy game such as Anomaly 2 (absolutely the same game that's released on a pc, even graphics wise, but easier to play on a touchscreen)..or some of the hundreds of thousands of casual games that were made for touch.
THAT'S normal gaming, for normal people.

Pc gaming?
Anti social, impractical, expensive, health ruining activity for minors

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:28 1

19. nexusdude (Posts: 139; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


Gaming PC's are running Windows and Microsoft has strong positions in the console business, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that Windows Phones perform well.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:08 5

9. jove39 (Posts: 1238; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Good for Lumia 1520 owners. I am surprised to see that WP is optimized enough to offset +128Mhz difference of gpu frequency on S5.

S5 gpu - adreno330 @ 578Mhz
Lumia 1520 gpu - adreno 330 @ 450Mhz

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:11

11. deathgod (Posts: 119; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


What's the point of this when they're all using the same GPU (Adreno 330)?

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:42 6

25. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 682; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a faster GPU, so technically it should perform better, but the Nokia Lumia 1520 beats it anyways

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:11 6

12. Ninetysix (Posts: 1319; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Please give us the exact name of the games and we'll add them to the boosting... eeerrr normalization code. Try again after this has been implemented.

--Samsung Devs

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:16 6

15. jove39 (Posts: 1238; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Funny...but samsung has stopped cheating since kitkat 4.4 release.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 17:27 4

30. Napalm_3nema (Posts: 780; Member since: 14 Jun 2013)


If you think a company that has been caught cheating, over and over, since the Galaxy S isn't cheating, you are naive or stupid. What you should be saying is "Samsung hasn't been caught since 4.4 release."

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 19:21 3

42. jove39 (Posts: 1238; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Whats up with so much hate for samsung?

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 17:29 5

31. hulk_14 (Posts: 42; Member since: 14 Dec 2013)


Cheater will never stop being cheater.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:14 2

14. elitewolverine (Posts: 1092; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Wonder how the Icon does since its the same hardware

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:19

16. elitewolverine (Posts: 1092; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Also wonder if it is due to c++ if the mark even counts that

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:29 2

20. DerryAhmad (Posts: 242; Member since: 05 May 2012)


I always thought the Lumia 1520 is the perfect device for gaming. 6" Full HD IPS Display with ClearBlack Technology is a joy to see. Nice to see that the benchmark also proves that.
I have both Samsung Galaxy S4 and Lumia 1520. Guess this is another reason not to upgrade my S4. I'll be waiting for the Premium S-5 (Galaxy F) instead.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 16:49 1

27. limporgyuk (Posts: 135; Member since: 06 Nov 2013)


Not the only device to beat the S5 in benchmarks:
w-w-w.techradar.com/news/phone-and-communications/​mobile-phones/all-new-htc-one-squishes-the-samsung​-galaxy-s5-in-benchmark-leaks-1231345

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 17:33 1

32. papss (unregistered)


You forgot that PA likes when we are at war.. They post this because its a WP versus android subject.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 17:41 4

33. wilsong17 (Posts: 700; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


wait what games are in the window store to enjoy this lol

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:15 1

46. elitewolverine (Posts: 1092; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Spartan Assault comes to mind, run and subway surfers, angry birds? oh wait...ummm Dungeon Keeper (I want this game)

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 18:41

37. strikercho (banned) (Posts: 156; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


No surprise there. The Samsh.t runs on Handroid, and the Nokia runs on WP8, they both have similar hardware, what did you expect? The only way for a Handroid device to level with a WP device, is when the later has half the cores on its cpu.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 18:48

38. maccess (Posts: 558; Member since: 16 Jan 2013)


Wow i'd love to try that new OS.. HANDROID..

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 19:56

43. Taters (Posts: 2578; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


No surprise here. Pushing WP8 might even be easier than pushing IOS.

IOS = Pacman. Any hardware can run it smoothly

WP8 = Galaga

Android = Uncharted or Gears of war. Requires a PS3 or XBOX 360 to run them properly and there still will be an occasional frame drop or lag because it pushes a lot more than Pacman and Galaga.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:16

47. elitewolverine (Posts: 1092; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


More like C++, C, and not worrying about converting from Java to runtime. I could be blowing smoke, but when you make a game in C++, I would bet a few pennies it would run over the same Java compiled game.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:06

44. vipervoid123 (Posts: 72; Member since: 27 Aug 2013)


OS made the GAME ~

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:42

48. galanoth07 (Posts: 44; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


It's clear that android devices are not optimized for the OS ( more power is wasted)

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 20:50

49. galanoth07 (Posts: 44; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


They should also do some game benchmarks to show the fps.

posted on 05 Mar 2014, 21:41

50. Gemmol (Posts: 484; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


This post made me smile at my red 1520

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 01:25

56. JMartin22 (Posts: 708; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


I'm sure when more GS5 units with different customizations and configurations by people become available, it will beat this WP score, since the GPU in the 801 is running at a higher frequency than in the 800. Same with that HTC One phone. I'm sure 38-40k is possibly achievable

posted on 06 Mar 2014, 02:15

57. livyatan (Posts: 641; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)


I think the reason is throttling, or better said, the relative lack of throttling in the Lumia 1520.
It has been noticed to heat up less than Android devices during gaming.
Nokia built a thermally efficient design.

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