AnTuTu releases the top ten scoring phones of 2016; Samsung models fail to appear

AnTuTu releases the top ten scoring phones of 2016; Samsung models fail to appear
AnTuTu has posted a trio of interesting lists covering the ranking of smartphones that were put through its benchmark test last year. The first list, which covers all platforms, shows the top ten scoring handsets based on the average scores each one tallied on the AnTuTu app. The top average score of 181,316 belongs to the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The A10 chipset kicked butt last year, improving on the breakout performance of 2015's A9. Solidifying the A10's standing in the industry, the second best average score of 172,001 was rung up by the Apple iPhone 7.

With an average score of 163,013, the OnePlus 3T wound up as the top ranking Android phone. The revised version of the OnePlus 3 was given a Snapdragon 821 SoC under the hood, replacing the Snapdragon 820 chipset on the original model. The OnePlus 3 was no slouch either, scoring sixth on the overall list and fourth among Android phones with an average AnTuTu score of 147,495.

Other top phones included the LeEco Le Pro3. With an average AnTuTu score of 159,911, the Snapdragon 821 powered handset came in second among Android phones. The next highest average AnTuTu score was the 148,820 produced by the Moto Z. Rounding out the top five Android models was the Xiaomi Mi5s, which averaged a benchmark tally of 145,093.  Interestingly, the world's largest smartphone manufacturer, Samsung, was completely shut out.

Among iOS devices, the Apple iPad Pro came out on top with an average AnTuTu score of 194,838. The tablet is powered by the A9X chipset. The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were next. With an average score of 173,140, the Apple iPad Pro 9.7-inch model came in fourth with the Apple iPhone 6s Plus (138,159) in fifth place.

Keep in mind that each phone had to have been tested at least 2,000 times to be included in any of the lists. Check out the top ten phones and top ten iOS and Android phones for 2016 as determined by their average  AnTuTu benchmark scores. Simply click on the slideshow below.

source: AnTuTu



1. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Now, enough of the nonsense that Fandroids say, like iPhone's SoC is JUST a quad core 2012 specs blah blah blah.

3. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

as I get older I start looking for quality over quantity. This is one of those examples.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Quantity matters as much as quality... I mean, won't you want high quality in much quantity? Besides, judging a SoC just by the number of cores is illiteracy.

9. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

*Quantity matters as much as quality..." Wait, what? "I mean, won't you want high quality in much quantity?" If you mean more decent Android chips, sure I suppose. Not much else usually fits within that narrative. "Besides, judging a SoC just by the number of cores is illiteracy." Literally every Android fanboy for years: Ha, s**tty A chips with only two cores! How u do work with that? Me no understand. In fact, when the 810 was announced, most of the idiots here proclaimed the A chips were officially obsolete. Then the thing became a furnace...... Qualcomm basically admitted it rushed it out......The Warriors lost the finals.....blah blah.

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Literally every Android fanboy for years: Ha, s**tty A chips with only two cores! How u do work with that?" That statement isn't necessarily wrong. Both single core and multi-core have their uses. Single core matters more in tasks like javascript performance, and multi core matters more in tasks like compiling apps when installing them, or run a video using CPU. Try to play a 10-bit video file on a iPhone 6s (Apple A9) and then try to do the same on a Samsung Galaxy S6 (Exynos 7420)... You will realize how much multi-core matters in heavily threaded apps! Multi-core also helps to keep many tasks running in background, which is a key to run an OS like android.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Totally understand that. However, I'm pretty sure the majority of people don't have the knowledge you do, and are just being asshats.

17. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"However, I'm pretty sure the majority of people don't have the knowledge you do, and are just being asshats." That's why I said post #7 that judgingca SoC just by the number of cores is illiteracy. I can say a lot more on how multi-core matters. But I would just give an analogy from Intel processors: Core i5 6600k costs about 200$ and it beats every other chip in single core performance ( tying with the 6700k). The Core i7 6950X is a 1700$ 10-core chip that doesn't even perform 80% of what the 200$ Core i6600 chip performs in single core, and yet costs 8 times as much. Do you know why? Because it helps a lot with video editing and number crunching with it's multi-threaded power. Android is running on Linux kernel, which is the same as what desktop computers run on. Thought the OS is different, it can leverage multi-threaded workloads much better than iOS can dream of. Apple has to stick with dual core (quad-core is just recently, the A10) chips because all the iOS apps are made to take advantage of it. Android doesn't have that issue.

47. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The biggest downside to the iPhone with 2 cores, is it still had terrible battery-life. When you consider the clock speed and how many cores it has, and low amount of ram and how APple locks down the multi-tasking; please explain whats sucking all the juice other than a backlite LCD display. No one can. Explain how many OEM's, not just Samsung; can get a larger battery into a phone the same size or even smaller than an iPhone? Not to be fair, if the Galaxy S7 Edge/Note 7 had the iPhone battery, consider its specs; I am sure they woudl eat through the batter even faster than the iPhone's own hardware does. But considering the iPhone is less spec'd. has less features in both hardware and software, how is it taht ist battery-life is equal to or worse than phone sthat are not as locked down? I mean compare...PA claimed the iPhone 6S Plus and the Note 5 I think it was, had identical battery-life in their test of just over 8 hours. Considering a phone with 1/3 the features, half the hardware, shouldn't it have lasted longer? Quality vs Quantity? They are both personal preference. if I didn't need advanced features, I would still be buying an iPhone. I don't care what others think of my choice. I buy based on needs. I need specific features the iPhone doesn't offer. if it did I wouldn't need a Galaxy device or any device running Android. The benefits of quanity in this case, is on the Android side. As far as quality. In the beginning Apple did have the quality in apps advantage. The problem with stupid ignorant APple fanboys is, they get locked in this rut of not accepting the fact that things change over time. When it comes to apps that are especially cross-platform, those apps presented on iOS and Android are the same as far as quality and capability and still Android options offer some extra nice things because we have the RAM and CPU power to handle the extra, while the iPhone cannot handle those extra features do to iOS impose restrictions, not that the OS ort hardware could nto handle it. For a general everyday user, they won't see any advantage of quality or quantity of either. But true users can. The fact is even though its not an even steven, Android is already past iOS in both. Whether you are willign to admit it doesn't even matter. What you gusy need to just realize is, the only thing that is constant is "CHANGE" and what may be fact in the past, may nto be in the present. When the iPhone lead in just about every category, all you all talked about is how much batter the apps are, or the PPI of the "retina display" and all that other BS. Now that Apple no longer holds any advantages whatsoever and hasn't since the birth of the Galaxy S, you all don't talk about those. You just hover like flies on s**t to any article that offers some feedback where Apple has so kind of win on paper, but yet still can't be seen in reality. The iPhone is better than a lot of phone, but its not better than the phone that actually matter.

56. sgodsell

Posts: 7368; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

All the benchmarks do not give the real picture of the CPU/GPU, especially for Android. Android uses a VM, so the apps can run under almost any supported processor. Unlike iOS apps that are compiled and optimized specifically for Apples Ax SoCs. There is a huge difference right there in how the apps will perform. But none of the iOS Zealots take any of that into consideration. Also if iOS has all the processing power then why is Apple still making the lowest resolution flagship device on the market? Especially since technologies like VR require higher resolution displays. Oh, yes I forgot that Apple themselves doesn't support VR yet.

57. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

You have turned from a tech talker to a true Apple Defender. Seems like u r being more and more anti Android/Fandroids too. If that's the case you are no different than them.

27. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

And judging a display just by the number of pixels is what, smart?

37. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"And judging a display just by the number of pixels is what, smart?" FALSE. I judged just the display resolution of the iPhone, in comment #4... not it's display quality itself. You lack reading comprehension, as usual.

42. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You judged the number of pixels, others judged the number of cores. You are the same.

49. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

A resolution of 2560x1440 is better than 1920x1080 and 1334x750, no matter whose phone it appears on. A PPI of 518 is better than 326, no matter whose phone it appears on. A phone that can record ion stereo sound, will have better playback of that recording, no matter which phone its on. So yeah, in this case you can just look at the numbers and claim its better, and you can also look at the display with your eyes and "SEE" that its better. When it comes to CPU benchmarks, you can't always "see" the speed advantage. iOS only speed advantage is how Apple chose to handle multi-tasking, and the fact IOS has direct access ot the hardware. Even though Android can improve those, it will never match because Android is a Virtual Machine and everything it handles is not does via the hardware. The OS and applications are sandboxed away from the hardware. The plus side to that is, because the VM handles all the request, devs don't have to consider hardware or OS impose restraints on coding. Which emans they can add more features for greater benefits, which IOS lacks. I mean the perfect example of that is, APple putting all the settinsg of its apps in the settings menu vs Android where specific app settings are in the app itself. The settings menu should be equal to Windows Control Panel, where a change effects the phone system, not a single app. But See Apple is stupid in not leaving that trash in UNIX. This is why Microsoft felt they could do better and they did and Android followed very closely. Any benefit goes far beyond numbers. But have you even considered the benefits of higher resolutions? Sharper color, higher color accuracy, higher PPI means your face doesn't have to be as far from the device to not see pixels. For example. The iPhone 7, you can see pixels up to as much as 10.5" from the face. While on my Note 7, pixels can only be seen to as far as 9". Apple has the faster CPU? Yes and No. Its faster at some tasks. But is not as efficient as the Exynos. Clock for clock the Exynos is doing more instructions because of a heavier OS and yet the Galaxy S/Note are as fast and faster in over 90% of its tasks vs the iPhone.

52. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

518 * 2/3 = 345 Better than 7, worse than 7 plus (oh, didn't you know about Samsung's sub pixel arrangement?) My eyes are seeing a better display on iPhone, simply because the colors are more naturals (sure, if you like slightly overblown saturated colors, Galaxies are better). Yesterday, you Android fans were saying iOS couldn't do multitasking, today it can? Well, that's something to admit you were wrong and I was right. Kudos! If pixels are more important, you should definitely get a 7 plus, because its display is better than the Note's.

59. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

Android true Multitasking Download a torrent movie of 20 GB Upload Your pixture to Photos While watching a vĂ­deo en Youtube Make that on IOS pleese

61. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Still not even trying to complete a sentence I see. Oh yeah.....maybe don't promote f**kING STEALING media content, okay? No wonder Android hasn't gotten Mario yet.

64. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I can do all that but, instead of downloading a torrent, I get the movie from iTunes Store. Does that makes my phone "true multitasking"?

70. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Put the galaxy phone in basic display mode, and the color accuracy exceeds the iPhone, plus the infinite contrast blows it out of the water. Samsung phones have had better color correction for several years now, verified by actual testing.

72. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I bought an iPhone 7 recently after testing - side by side - its display with the display of S7 and I found a clear winner in iP because the colors it showed were closer to real life colors (the only thing I found S to be better - for me - was camera focus). Yes, blacks are darker on S7, but other colors (blue sky, the sun, the green of the leafs etc) are blown out of proportion. Both are a great choice and, even though the colors on S7 are sometimes more pleasing to look at, I prefer the accuracy of iP.

54. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"You judged the number of pixels, others judged the number of cores. You are the same." Judging CPUs by their number of cores is illogical, because a core isn't the same across all CPU architectures... meanwhile it's logical to judge the display resolution of a phone, because a resolution like 1080p is the same across all types of display panels... do you get the difference? Cortex-A series, Krait, Mongoose and Kyro are different cores, so judging a Krait400 versus a Kyro by the number of cores present is wrong! Meanwhile the 1080p in an AMOLED display, is the same number of pixels in a LCD display, so judging the number of pixels across different displays isn't wrong. You lack understanding, as usual.

65. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

As I told someone else, Samsung pixels in oled displays are 2/3 of a regular pixel (a little bit more, but the point is it doesn't have all the pixels a LCD has). That's why they need that resolution: to look just as good as a fhd LCD.

67. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Pixels of a display's resolution is different from the pixels of a display's panel itself. I was talking about the resolution of the iPhone, not the number of sub-pixels per pixel in it's LCD panel. 1440p on Samsung's PenTile AMOLED display is the same 1440p resolution in a 1440p LCD display! Do you not get it? Clearly have no understanding.

73. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

A pixel is rendered by 3 sub-pixels (this is the tech, I didn't invented it); iPhone 7+ has a fhd with 3 sub-pixels that are showing each pixel while S7 has a 2k with 2 (.5) sub-pixels for every pixel it shows (it's like a V8 that has only 6 functional pistons: it no longer has V8 performance but V6; it's still great, but not V8 great). That's why S4 and 5 1080p displays looked like a piece of s**t when compared to similar res LCDs.

45. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No. DisplayMate has labelled all Galaxy devices since the S5 to have the best display in it's class as far as OLED. Hwoever, since the S5, no LCD panel has been better either. While people claim the iPhone has the most color accurate display, it couldn't be farther from the truth. DisplayMate iPhone 7 - DisplayMate Note 7 - Oh and as far as having higher resolutions? Having sharper text, sharper images at higher resolutions are very welcome. Also when I record 4K video and then downscale them to 1080 FHD, they look better than videos natively recorded at FHD. Oh and in general, more pixels is better. PERIOD. Doesn't even need to be 4K. It can be QHD or even QHD+. The display on the Surface Pro 4, blows the doors off the display on the iPad. Even though I don't like resolutions above 1080p on small displays, because unless you scale things up, everything is too small; its nice just having the option. On my Note 7, I can scale the whole UI down to FHD and save battery-life. In fact, if my phone is fully charged and I scale down to FHD, I get an additional 5+ hours of usage from my device. But even at QHD, I still have better batter-life vs the iPhone 7 Plus even with everything maxxed out. So why nto have more, especially if I can have it, with more cores, more RAM, bigger better and brighter display at a higher resolution for a lesser cost? In fact can any iPhone fan list 5 things that makes the iPhone so impressive over a Galaxy S/Note based on what you can physically do with and on the phone? NOPE!

53. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Do I look like an Apple salesman? You think a higher amount of ram equals a better device, I think the one that I put back in my pocket faster is the better device. And we are both right. The difference between us is that I'm not boring when I write my replies and I'm not trying to convince you that you have chosen poorly.

60. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Higher RAM doesn't equate to a better performing device. It just shows how resource hungry the platform is yet youre still doing the same thing compared to your previous device.

62. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"Higher RAM doesn't equate to abetter performing device. It just shows how resource hungry the platform is" Really? Then why do Windows PC have 16 GB and 32 GB RAM? You call it resource hungry? By that logic, you can say that iPhone not having much RAM just shows how lightweight and noob the platform is. As it's been aleady speculated, iOS is nothing more than an spp launcher... so do not compare it with Android which runs a desktop kernel (linux)!!! Android has a multi-tasking prowess which iOS can only dream of... Not to mention that rendering stuffs at Quad HD resolution consumers memory. The iPhone doesn't have much RAM because iOS itself has no prowes in multi-tasking. More RAM equates to more workload being done.

63. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's ridiculous. You're basically saying "more horsepower = faster car" which is nonsense. As you already know, that isn't true. BTW, the iPhone 7+ renders the UI at near Quad HD throughout most tasks. Not to mention that UNIX is the more optimal mobile OS building block. What's wrong with doing something (launching apps) excellently while others command the "trick of all trades....master of none" moniker like Android? What can you honestly say on a developmental level Android does better than other operating systems? And no..... customization isn't a building block of computing. How about security? Native coding? Etc. None of which lie in Google's favor. My point is, dismissing something because it does one thing great while only being good in other areas is really biased. The opposite can be said of Android, who does everything good, but nothing outstanding. And if what you said is the case, then how come the iPhone consistently holds applications better than Android (specifically Samsung)? Wouldn't the opposite be the case?

66. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yeah, right, I've seen Android 4 GB RAM devices converting 4K movies faster than the 2 GB iPhone. OH, wait, it was the other way around...

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