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

1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Android fans then: your iPhone still has a single core, it can't compete in benchmarks Apple fans then: so what it's still the best selling, and it's an iPhone.and benchmarks don't matter, it's about real world performance Android fans now: wow, it's a millisecond faster plus any featureless os is fast Apple fans now: huehuehue it beats Android in benchmarks!!

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Good summary IMO BTW is anyone actually surprised? The A9 is ~6 months newer than the 810 and 7420 So I expected it to be faster than the 810 and 7420 Similarly, I'm expecting the 820 and 8890 to be faster than the ~6 month older A9 And then the A10 to be faster than the ~6 month older 820 and 8890

16. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Exynos 7420 was the biggest surprise of the year though.

32. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Not really IMO The Exynos 5433 was already impressive and foreshadowed the 7420

76. Shocky unregistered

Exynos 5433 was just a taste of what was coming but was ultimately disappointing because it was never 64bit compatible.

65. Shubham412302

Posts: 570; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Apple paid antutu. Iphone 6s had low scores than note 5 in antutu 5

77. Shocky unregistered

A9 is only faster when it comes to GPU performance. The CPU performance when looking at multicore performance is about the same, 2 large cores vs 4 small ones.

80. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 674; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

The 6 months don't matter. What matters is the production technology used for the SoC. Can you please explain which technology was used for A9 that was not used for Samsung's 7420 or SD810? Even though the A9 is 6 months older, it is produced mainly in 16nm while Samsung used 14nm for the 7420. You might can argue with FinFet but it was Samsung's decision to go for 14nm for which true FinFet was not available at launch while for 16nm true FinFet was available.

85. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

And the samsung A9 was proven to be the better SoC

87. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

6 months is ages in SoC development time Before last year, new Android SoCs came out every 6 months TSMC's 16FF process (used for the A9) wasn't ready for the 810 (which was made using TSMC's 20nm process) Could possibly have fixed the 810's throttling issues

83. Predator-X

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2016

bare in mind it is ONLY 6s plus which nobody uses it :DDD

15. TyrionLannister unregistered

That 'then' part never happened. Apple was always ahead in benchmarks. BTW, I don't think Antutu is a cross-platform benchmark as the scripts run differently on different platforms, especially the dalvik runtime script in android which can't run on iOS and similarly vice-versa. IDK if it has changed in Antutu 6.0 but it sure as hell was not cross-platform on 5.0.

23. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

It was surely lagging behind in Antutu 5.0 buddy. Check this out. http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Apple-iPhone-6_id8346/benchmarks They have modified bench-marking system in Antutu 6.0 to bring Apple back to top as people have been complaining Antutu is worthless since apple doesn't lead it and people used to give more attention to Geekbench, Basemark, GFXBench. Sounds like a huge conspiracy theory :D

55. joeytaylor

Posts: 957; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

That is very weird.....how can the iphones score double but every other phones score barely goes up.....someone isn't stirring the kool-aid

56. jove39

Posts: 2145; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Not conspiracy, it's truth.

84. Predator-X

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2016

ppl are stupid unfort. bcos they want to believe this pathetic chart

92. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Forget the chart, if you compare an S6 or S6 Edge + with the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus you will instantly see that the iPhone will load apps a second faster and the boat up time will be faster on the iPhone for about 2 or 3 seconds. There! Who needs the numbers:D As for GPU, well Apple has been known to be ahead in GPU for quite some time now so there is no reason to question GPU. When the 820 is out, they will surely beat the A9 in CPU but I doubt it will succeed in doing so for GPU. Conclusion: Choose either android or iOS and you will get a mighty powerful device that can be compared to modern laptops:D

25. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Not very sure if a firm like the one that develops Antutu benchmarking which applies to all phones and in turn could make and mar huge sales of phones(again unless it is an iPhone, it is so lucky that millions of em get sold without even the reviews being out), will release a solution without making it cross platform.

36. Macready

Posts: 1818; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

In the Anandtech review of the S6, the Exynos 7420 beat te A8 in most benchmarks, except GPU benches at native resolution or those specifically singling out one core.

22. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

A 4 year old Android Droid DNA 1080p screen 2GB Ram Quad Core 8MP Camera benchmarks dont really mean s**t if this 4 year old phone can run all apps. The only way I am interested in specs is if the phone can turn into a desktop and work like one. Windows 10 mobile and some custom versions of Android are pushing for that. till then apps are not really demanding that much more power.

74. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Precisely! Even my 8 year old HP Pavilion Laptop with Intel Centrino 2 CPU and some ancient Nvidia mobile graphics still runs "high-end" mobile games like Asphalt 8 with ease...there's really nothing "high-end" about bastardized apps.

67. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Here we go again...

82. Predator-X

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 07, 2016

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2. roldxx

Posts: 50; Member since: Mar 27, 2013

hola!

3. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

So what does this benchmarks signify in real life performance?

18. itsjustJOH

Posts: 232; Member since: Oct 18, 2012

How much faster you can out-Instagram the competition.

44. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

49. Macready

Posts: 1818; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

And in just as many comparisons, the 6P wins in a round or couple rounds of app opening and reopening. In other words, your link proves exactly nothing regarding the question asked.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6_CWMuPd6yA In fact, there are similar comparisons where the 6P ties with/winst against the regular 6S, while pushing almost 4 times as many pixels.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5ZT9z9Bt4M

57. Khyron

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wu6rfBfEw-A Nexus 6p mop the floor here with 6splus

4. waqas.mehmood2

Posts: 55; Member since: Nov 21, 2015

Used iphone 4 then 4s ,5 and now 6 plus iphone never disappointed me .the good thing about iphone is its software it never lags .iphone 6 plus runs buttery smooth love apple always

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