Apple's iPhone 6S Plus smashes its Android competition in AnTuTu's 2015 Top 10 chart


AnTuTu, the company behind the highly popular cross-platform mobile benchmark with the same name, has just announced which of the world's smartphones topped the performance charts in 2015. Although Apple's iPhone series doesn't come with octa-core processors, extreme core clock speeds, or whopping amounts of RAM, it turns out that the iPhone 6s Plus was by far the fastest smartphone of the previous year in terms of raw processing power.

AnTuTu has published a chart detailing the top 10 smartphones of the previous year in terms of average benchmark score. A quick glance at the chart reveals that the Apple iPhone 6s Plus distanced itself from the Android pack with an average score of 132,600 points. The second-placed handset, the Kirin 950-powered Huawei Mate 8, was only able to score 92,746 points on average. That's about 30% lower than the average AnTuTu score of an iPhone 6s Plus.

As many already know, the iPhone 6S Plus is powered by the Apple A9, a chipset that integrates a 1.84GHz dual-core Twister CPU and a PowerVR GT7600 GPU, paired with 2GB of RAM. On paper, the iPhone 6S Plus may not sound all that impressive compared to the Huawei Mate 8, a device which makes use of a 4GB of RAM and a Kirin 950 SoC with four Cortex A72 CPU cores clocked at 2.3GHz, four Cortex-A53 CPU cores clocked at 1.8GHz, and a Mali Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. It's also worth noting that both the Apple iPhone 6S Plus and the Huawei Mate 8 run a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, which should put the two devices on equal footing in terms of required resources.

In this context, it's kind of impressive that the iPhone 6S Plus was able to secure the first place in the AnTuTu benchmark chart for 2015 by a hefty margin.

The third, fourth, and fifth place in the AnTuTu chart are all occupied by smartphones that make use of the Samsung Exynos 7420 chipset. Interestingly, however, the Exynos 7420-powered smartphone that's not manufactured by Samsung, the Meizu Pro 5, was the fastest of the pack, although the score differences are negligible. The Meizu Pro 5 scored an average of 86,214 points in AnTuTu, followed by the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 with 83,364 points and the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+ with 82,087 points. At this point, it should be mentioned that Samsung's own phones run at a higher resolution compared to the Meizu Pro 5 (QHD vs FHD), which takes its toll on the overall performance during 3D tests.

Although its was actually launched in 2014, the Apple iPhone 6 Plus shows up on the sixth place with a score of 80,554 points. That's more than what Snapdragon 810-powered smartphones such as the Huawei Nexus 6P or the Xiaomi Note Pro were able to achieve.

Looking forward, it remains to be seen if the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and the Samsung Exynos 8890, the star chips of 2016 in the Android camp, will be able to dethrone the iPhone 6S Plus in the AnTuTu benchmark charts. Early signs hint that the new chips will be significantly faster compared to their predecessors, but we won't know by how much until the two new SoCs get implemented in commerciallly-available smartphones.

What do you guys think of AnTuTu's 2015 performance chart? Surprised to see that the iPhone 6S Plus is the fastest smartphone as per AnTuTu?

source: AnTuTu via GforGames

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91 Comments

91. whatev

Posts: 2456; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Cool! Apple is the only brand to have two generations of their smartphones on the top ten ;)

86. foul.Shabazz

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 13, 2016

Oddly enough if an android was on top... there would be zero conspiracy theories.

89. Shocky unregistered

Depends on the benchmark and what they're testing, if there are any issues with the tests users will find them, regardless of if they're Android or iOS users.

81. pankajxdx unregistered

Calm the f**k down everyone, these benchmarks don't make any sense until 820 is out.. and then again till A10 is out... and then again till 830(?) is out.. and so on..

88. Shocky unregistered

Logic and common sense you would hope would choose a 4 core over a 2 core setup when the single core performance is similar or even a little lower. However this benchmark would rate the 2 core SoC are being faster or equal based on single core performance, even though in the multi-threaded app it would up-to twice as fast. SN820 and others may make up for it in other areas but the results are BS, that's what we've learnt today and the SN820 results won't change that.

72. obedchuni

Posts: 341; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

so it means that now samsung and other oems can't cheat.

75. Shocky unregistered

So using more cores is cheating? are you stupid?

64. sachouba

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Yes, those Antutu 6 results are incredible. The Snapdragon 615 has a GPU that is twice as powerful as the Snapdragon 801, according to it. The Snapdragon 808 even has a GPU that is 4 times as powerful as the Snapdragon 801 ! LOL, THAT is a benchmark you can rely on...

69. Shocky unregistered

This benchmark has definitely been developed with an agenda in mind. I'm sure I read somewhere it's owned by Xiaomi or shared the same CEO. So they are not independent at all and manufacturers have openly advised against using it.

61. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

because Antutu is made by idiots and favors lower resolution screens. the worse the screen,the better the result.

59. Khyron

Posts: 402; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

6splus Ios 9.3 newer soc A9 Nexus6p 6.0.1SD808https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wu6rfBfEw-A Why nexus 6p is faster?

78. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

It wasn't, they just performed on par in most cases, although the iPhone did pretty well without needing reload the YouTube app...

51. mike2959

Posts: 700; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

The gap between Android and IOS for sure has narrowed in performance and day to day operational tasks. I recently switched back to IOS iPhone 6s Plus and couldn't be happier. From a Note 5. Which was a awesome device. The real problem kids is Linux Kernel. The Linux operating environment was not intended for what Android is. It's layer upon layer of massive code, years of garbage. Therefore needing extreme horsepower to get through.

53. Sapere

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

I am not educated here, but I guess the same must be happening with the IOS, getting slower and slower year after year, adding more and more layers to the first system, which was put together 9 years ago... There was almost no lagging in first primitive IOS, but now it is being complained from Apple users around the world so much lagging/waiting for response on their devices. You can see so much proof on YouTube from many angry Apple users, who were accustomed to no lag at all...

54. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Nonsense, see here:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5ZT9z9Bt4M That's similar performance with almost 4 times as many pixels being calculated. If the Linux kernel or Android was so inefficient, why is that possible with a slower SoC? It's not the layers that make the difference, it's the generally higher resolutions, more features (notice how iOS gets slower and slower as it adds features, many of which were already available on Android or certain Android skins) and more specifically the optimizations. In that last regard, iOS has long lost its edge, see the video above for example (faster SoC, much lower resolution, not faster).

60. Sapere

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

You are so right, it should be really obvious to anybody with least technical understanding.

45. Sapere

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

With this new information from submar in mind, it is even more astonishing, that 6 months old Exynos based android phones got such amazing score 83k on QHD, means app. 150 000 points on FHD recalculated. But do you guys really think, it is reasonable to restrict significantly multi core tests in favour of single core tests in Antutu benchmark in our times, when the future is clear to be in the multithreded environment? Even Intel was forced to go multicore way some 15 years ago after realizing that single core performance cannot be further increased significantly, and now, 15 years later, we see again this stupid argumentation about "single core performance" being "more realistic"?

68. Shocky unregistered

It's already a multi-threaded environment, developers have the option but it's generally not used because the average mobile apps are very basic, adding a faster single core CPU or multicore support won't make those fart apps load any faster or sound any better.

42. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Thats why iphone wins in antutu6 3. New CPU Testing Added γ€€γ€€The employment of multi-core CPU caused the incompetent of actual using experience and hardware limiting performance. In view of this situation, Antutu V6.0 adjusts CPU testing items and adds several new one, based on practical use with more pratical meaning. Antutu found that in most cases, only one core is doing work and many applications are poorly supported by multip-core.We increase the proportion of single core test significantly. All these will make the testing results be more realistic. γ€€γ€€4. New Score Proportion in Antutu V6.0. The proportion of CPU+RAM : UX : 3D design to be 1:1:1. The proportion of 3D and UX items have been increased. Proportion of CPU and RAM have been decreased.

48. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

50. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

"Antutu found that in most cases, only one core is doing work" This was already false when I first received my S2 back in 2011, which used both cores most of the time, it's been proven even more false in the current age, with many articles showing many cores employed most of the time. Something every user of these Android phones can verify within a few minutes. Not sure who the Antutu creaters are trying to kid here. IF their claim held any truth for real world performance, why can a 6P hold up in real life use, despite a "much slower" SoC AND pushing almost 4 times (!!) as many pixels?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5ZT9z9Bt4M

52. Sapere

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

Exactly, This couldn't be described better. This is just ridiculous, what these quys from Antutu are trying to sell us with the "single core = more realistic" claim. Only really blind sheeps could eat this up.

62. Shocky unregistered

Wow, Antutu was a questionable benchmark to start with and now thanks to this it's completely worthless. Most apps are single threaded? well maybe but most of the apps on the market are basic at best and don't need to be multi-threaded, it's irrelevant. The CPU tests should all be multi threaded, any good developer will do this.

41. Sapere

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 14, 2016

Main deceit of this "evaluation" is concealing/ hiding the fact, that not all the tested phones have the same screen resolution as well as the fact, that the test was done "on-screen", not "off-screen" as anybody would expect from fair comparison. This is so wretched. If you only could see the truth, you would wonder, how all the android phones pushing 80% more pixels than FHD iphone could manage so get such a high score compared to poor iPhone with just FHD resolution and 133 000 points. If you multiply Exynos score by 1,8, comparible result of Android phones on QHD becomes 149 000, which for 6 months older processor is pretty amazing.... But this is not presented to you at all.

79. Jimrod

Posts: 1607; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

On-screen is all that matters, who uses their phone off-screen? What a ridiculous argument. From memory the only manufacturer I know of that's cheated in benchmarks is Samsung, as in they were actually found to be cheating the tests, Volkswagen style. Says a lot about a company.

90. Macready

Posts: 1832; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Your memory fails. Practically all Android makers did it, but that was quite some time ago. And if we go back even further, Apple was caught cheating similarly with its desktops. Trustworthy you say? And offscreen is called normalization. Because for example Samsung gives you the choice of output resolution for its latest higher end phones, if you didn't already decide to give yourself that choice through 3rd party apps.

38. vivaapple

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 02, 2015

At first iOS reign the real world performance only not the benchmark. Now BOTH real world performance and Benchmark is in favor of iOS. Android OS is nowhere to go now.

66. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

iOS dont have a s**t but fame and thats why everybody go for it

33. TrevorB1

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

Hm... I will stick with my Note 5. Hasn't screwed up yet, nor do I think it will. Though I would gladly take an iphone 6s plus as a gift. I like the apps in the apple store over Googles apps. Musical apps. Gaming apps? I could go either way.

24. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Sd820 Scored Higher.http://www.phonearena.com/news/LeTV-LeMax-Pro-X910-scores-an-amazing-133K-on-AnTuTu_id76621 It's Not By Much But Still A Win's A Win LOL Antutu Sucks Anyway.

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