AnTuTu reports the 10 fastest phones for Q1: we have a new winner

Ever since the popular synthetic benchmark for mobile gear AnTuTu went cross-platform, it's been releasing quarterly statistics derived from the millions of handsets that go through its benchmarking paces each day. The 2015 ranking saw the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus with their potent A9 chipset beat the pack by a large margin, but in the first half of this year the chairs on the benchmark deck have seemingly been rearranged.

We have the introduction of Snapdragon 820 and Exynos 8890 to thank for that, and, needless to say, the phones with those chipsets are now occupying the top places in AnTuTu's Q1 benchmark ranking. You may think that it would be the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge that have shot their way to the top of the benchmark mountain, but these two handsets are actually vying for second place, while the best performer is Xiaomi's newest Mi 5 powerhouse. 

Well, powerhouse is maybe not a suitable nickname, as the Mi 5 sports a 5" 1080p display, which might explain why it beats the Quad HD-equipped S7 by a tad. The third place is still for Apple's A9 in the iPhone 6s, and the difference between this chipset and the ones in the Galaxy S7 is pretty negligible, too.

source: AnTuTu



1. AlikMalix unregistered

How old is iPhone 6s, and um... can we throw iPhone SE in there, as soon as you get one, maybe just for a sec?

7. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Lol. (Can't write 3 letters).

11. sgodsell

Posts: 7607; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Yes, and how bad is the resolution on the SE? Oh, wait it's the lowest on the list. It doesn't even have HD resolution. But wait, the lowest resolution on this current list is the iPhone 6s. I am always amazed at how some people want to compare speed with a really low resolution device like the iPhone 6s. Never mind the iPhone SE with the absolute lowest resolution display. It just proves how ignorant or I should say how dumb you really are AlikMalix.

12. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Also you have to take iOS' optimization into the mix, which gives it a significant advantage on benchmarks, so if we are talking about RAW power here, Apple's advantage isn't that big.

71. MySchizoBuddy

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 23, 2011

yeah a dual core cpu right up there around the top isn't any big deal. Once you remove all the optimizations and genius of the cpu design you will realize that it isn't that good of a CPU anyway.

72. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Here we go with the dual core bullcrap again, if Qualcomm and Samsung wanted to they can make a monster dual core cpu which is focused on IPC. Tired of hearing "Apple's is just dual core but is faster blah blah blah". Do you even know anything about CPU design and architecture?

17. nodes

Posts: 1164; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

6S and 6S Plus score the same.

38. vincelongman

Posts: 5808; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Also Aututu doesn't test multi core CPU performance any more e.g. Now the Denvor K1 beats the A8X And the 810 and 808 have the same scores And the 652 and 650 have the same scores Aututu is still one of the worst benchmarks

16. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What's your point? It's a 6 month old device, but it pushes a significantly lower res screen, doesn't multitask. The SE even moreso. The point to take away is that all flagship devices are more than fast enough.

22. AlikMalix unregistered

That's my point: no one gives a hoot about this higher resolution especially because it stands in the way of real performance. Yes there a few fanboys that need something to hold over in arguments, but the difference is so neglegable, but the device with multiple times more specs and newer tech is only is as fast as iPhone. Regarding multitasking? Really? Real world tests prove that iPhones are better at multitasking than flagship android. Samsung has a problem to keep a stopwatch going in the background, with all that ram and it stil drops apps process in from the background. Jailbroken iPhones run split screen without issues or lag. And you guys always avoid the fact that these test are run thru similar tasks - it's not making android phones do anything extra that it doesn't ask of iPhones. If I show an iPhone 5s and a Samsung s7 to 100 people - I bet you 95% or higher (may see the difference) but wouldn't care about it. iPhone 5s/SE, iPhone 6/6s 6+/6s+ are sharp. The only reason why androids keep pushing higher Rez it to differentiate themselves from other androids. Higher resolution is as useless as thinner phones. No one cares except for a few fanboys.

32. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I use Dropbox on my iPad, when I want my photos uploaded to the cloud I have to open the app and keep it open until it has finished uploading the files. On my android phone, it just happens in the background without any worries. Which one of these methods is better and why? [2 Marks]

47. SmartNingen

Posts: 48; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

2 marks? Is this an exam question (lol)?

59. AlikMalix unregistered

Well you gotta choose the best of two evils: I rather wait a few seconds than pickup a dead phone that ran bunch of apps I didn't start or used up data by apps I didn't install. Also prefer my apps be ready where I left them instead of having something run and hope I pick up soon or other apps start to lag. Pótato - Potáto, all beaded on preference.

42. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

IPhones don't multitask. Period. You can't test multitasking between a phone that does and inge that doesn't. IPhone's freeze the process when it isn't foreground, Android phones don't unless memory runs low. Yes, people do care about resolution. It's one of the reasons I choose the Note 5. One of the many reasons. And, it does make a difference. The difference between the best displays on smartphones (Samsung flagships) and others.

60. bucky

Posts: 3797; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Tedkord, iphones do multitask. I can listen to music in the background, upload photos, update apps etc in the background-it may be a while since youve used one. Also, from what i have been seeing, the galaxy phones have to reload apps quite often because of ram management. I think id rather have my apps frozen where i left them than watch them reload. As for resolution, im sorry but on a 5" device 1080p is more than enough-iphone can use a bump in resolution though.

63. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Certain, specific tasks, dictated by Apple, do run concurrently. Most do not. The iPhone does not multitask.

43. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

95% wouldn't care? Show the side by side speed tests between the iPhone and Galaxy, and 98% wouldn't care. They certainly wouldn't be compelled to run to an article like this and post, "How old is the iPhone 6s?"

44. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Multitasking=/=switching apps. You can easily see that iOS freeze the app when its in the background by starting a stopwatch and then openening another app and then coming back to stopwatch again. You will see a slight delay.

57. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Who f**king cares, multitasking works fine on the iPhone, frozen or not frozen. Just look at the cpu scores in Geekbench, the Apple A9 is just a great chip. The Galaxy S7 indeed has a great, great screen. They are both fantastic phones, just stop the hate.

58. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

But its not multitasking, thats whole point of it. Its not hate when its a fact.

65. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It doesn't work at all. Multitasking is multiple tasks running at the same time. It's not about hate, it's about truth. The iPhone does not multitask.

67. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

My 6s plus got a higher score than any of these phones just the other day.

2. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

why neglect the score of Mi5? IPhone has even lower resolution compared to Mi5, but it isn't mentioned. And it is not first half of the year, but first quarter. All top 3 phones was released before 1st of April.

3. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

I wonder what the S7/S7 Edge would've scored if it had a 1080P screen.

10. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Are you forgetting the iPhone had to down scales everything from a 2k res to a HD screen.. Which is very taxing on the device? And I highly doubt that the screen alone is the reason why iPhone did so well last year.. If that was true the S7 shouldn't of seen the type of jump we have seen.

18. tyrionTheWise unregistered

It doesn't downscale s**t. If the 6s downscaled from 2k, the 1080p offscreen results would be lower than the on-screen results, which is definitely not the case. Go to GFXBench and check. If you even applied a tiny bit of brain before writing that crap, you probably would have realised that by now. The 2k thing is for designing apps for the normal and plus version simultaneously, As you probably know, you have to design seperately for each resolution on iOS. To avoid that, the designers design the UI in a higher resolution(closer to 2.5K) so that you can just store one copy and display that instead of storing seperate copies for different iPhones. Point being, that thing is nowhere related to gaming, and related to UI scaling. Apple has brain and is not stupid to waste 4 times the graphical power. Some stupid fanboy spread this crap and it propagated, without anyone even trying to verify it.

21. nodes

Posts: 1164; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

then how could 6S and 6S Plus score the same?

29. tyrionTheWise unregistered

Because both max out the game at 60 fps. The game is simply not taxing enough as the GPU can push 1080p at 60 fps, the 6s has extra power, but since the screen is capped to 60Hz, you can't do much. See GFXBench results, the 6s scores much higher than 6s plus on onscreen tests. Apply some brains. will you.

49. nodes

Posts: 1164; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

you clearly need to apply some brains to yourself first. FPS and screen refresh rate are not the same thing, you could have more than 60fps on a 60hz screen. you can have more FPS than your screen refresh rate, FPS is software, HZ is hardware. Apply some brains. will you.

51. tyrionTheWise unregistered

"you can have more FPS than your screen refresh rate, FPS is software, HZ is hardware." No, you cannot. At least not onscreen since the screen won't let you.

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