What's the ideal Android of today? A benchmark report has the answer

What's the ideal Android of today? A benchmark report has the answer
The latest report from popular benchmarking suite AnTuTu answers the most pressing question in the mind of those shopping for the ideal phone, i.e. with the best value-for-money ratio - what should I look for in one? The report spans the millions of global users that submitted their results to the database in the April-June period, and if the takeaway from these fresh Q2 stats has to be only one, it's that phone screen sizes are indeed growing exponentially, especially comparing to the same period last year. So, what are the most widespread specs of a modern day phone that will likely net you the best value-for-money ratio, too?

Well, ideally, you will fall in the majority with a handset that has at least a 5.5" display, Snapdragon chipset, 1080p screen resolution, 4GB RAM/64 GB storage, and runs on Android 8.0 Oreo. Don't let anyone tell you that you don't deserve it! We kid, but yes, these are the most popular specs in the chart breakdowns below. Bear in mind that people are usually putting their new phones, rather than old clunkers, through the benchmark grind, so those specs' popularity contest is probably only valid for handsets released in the first half of this year.

As we already noted, screen sizes have indeed grown up the most on record in the last year, so the move to 5.5 inches as the most popular diagonal, followed by 6-inchers, is rather explicable. The growth of the 6" phones' market share is also noted, saying that they will soon replace the 5.5" mark as the most popular diagonal. What we were surprised to see, though, is that 1440p phone resolutions, like on the Galaxy S8 or S9, only occupy a small market share, while 1080p seems to be the norm. Oh, well, Chinese flagships are usually with FHD or FHD+ resolutions, so that could make sense as well. 

We liked the year-on-year increase in average RAM and storage sizes, but above all, we love that the most popular Android version is Oreo now. Again, one typically runs a benchmark on a new phone or after a major software update, so the aggregate Q2 database here is probably skewed towards contemporary handsets, but that's the whole point.

source: AnTuTu (translated)



13. hansip87

Posts: 231; Member since: Nov 10, 2015

S8/S9+ number not much, might be because of the scaled down resolution out of the box. so the Samsung result is counted in the 1080p result.

12. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

6.4in AMOLED 87% screen to body Waterproof + 4000mAh battery is all I expect from the S10

10. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

The size of the Galaxy S8+ & S9+ is the optimum size for me. They are just 1cm taller than the old gen 5" phones & are perfect for 1 hand use. The Note 8 feels less comfortable to hold as it is more rectangular.

7. greyhulk

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 30, 2010

4GB of RAM is not ideal. I'd say 6 is the new minimum.

9. Y.S.L..

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 03, 2018

8gb Ram

5. civicsr2cool

Posts: 286; Member since: Oct 19, 2016

4.3" is the biggest you can go comfortably with one hand use. You can stretch it to 4.7" if you have to but 4.3" is that sweet spot! Please give us smaller flagships again OEMS.

4. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Ideal phone does not exist yet. - 5.5 to 5.7" SAMOLED 1080p - SD 845 - 6 to 8 GB RAM - 128 GB ROM - Dual cameras - 6,000+ mAh battery - Under screen fingerprint - IR + NFC - Shock & drop proof - Water proof - Oreo+

8. cmdacos

Posts: 4410; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Too small

14. andrewc31394

Posts: 313; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

We're going to be way past Oreo before any mainstream phone has 6000mah battery and drop protection like that

15. drifter77

Posts: 402; Member since: Jun 12, 2015

Yeah, there are many phones with mammoth batteries (up to 16,000 mAh from Energizer) with drop protection, but unfortunately most of them use a MTK processor. Maybe some OEM will use the new SD 710 or at least MTK P60.

3. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Title should be, what is the ideal Android smartphone

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Antutu, with bloat services that keep running even when not being used. Bench/uninstall.

1. surethom

Posts: 1765; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

5.8" screen size is the best phone dimensions.

6. greyhulk

Posts: 186; Member since: Jun 30, 2010


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