Basemark X 1.0 test launches on Android: Galaxy S4 ranks on top

Basemark X 1.0 has just arrived on Android, and it is soon coming to iOS (pending approval) and Windows Phone aiming to become the first cross-platform graphical benchmark to tell you which is the best mobile device for gaming.

Basemark X 1.0 has launched as a free app on the Google Play store today and it is one of the most demanding graphical benchmarks. Unlike other tests, this one is based on a real gaming platform, the Unity 4 engine. It goes through scenes similar to those in games with particle and lightning effects being tested, as well as post processing.

We ran it on a few of the devices we have around, and unsurprisingly the Galaxy S4 took it all. The Nexus 4 did extremely well in the on-screen test because of its lower resolution (in case you were wondering). Here are the results:

The benchmark is primarily designed for smartphones and tablets, and on Android it is optimized to run on 4.0 and newer versions.

It features an integrated score ranking, the Power Board, where you can take a look at a database of over 1000 devices and their performance. Developed in the home city of Nokia, in Espoo, Finland, Basemark X 1.0 is made by Rightware, a company licensing graphically heavy UI for mobile devices.

“Now anyone can measure, score and compare gaming performance of any platform and device. Combined with Power Board we are enabling the consumers to make informed buying decisions when choosing their next smartphone or tablet,” Tero Sarkkinen, chief executive of Rightware said in a statement.



1. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

These framerates...make me happy about what the future gpus hold ;D

13. Smart

Posts: 76; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

I dont get offence to anyone out there....of late most of the tests have shown google nexus 4 as a better device than galaxy s3.....ever wondered anyone?... the logic of 720p screen seems to fail on other devices (note 2,galaxy s3 etc).... why?

14. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Because Nexus 4 has a stronger chipset than Note 2, Galaxy S3 etc It's Adreno 320 against Mali-400... The equivalent for Adreno 320 would be Mali-T604 And for the phones that have the same SoC as the Nexus 4 most of them have more higher resolution screens. For the rest, software optimization explains it.

16. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

+1, no further explanation needed :) In other words, the N4 is the only device using flagship hardware onto a lower resolution while everyone else is using the same chipset to push twice the amount of pixels. (not an explanation, just rewording)


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well you can overclocked the Mali400 Gpu to 700Ghz 2nd Gpu the same 3rd at 600Ghz and 4rth at 400Ghz and will beat the A320 by half more™

2. esperanza

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

wow Nexus 4 is better than Xperia Z in this benchmark, pretty impressive.

4. emadshiny

Posts: 1144; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

the screen resolution on Nexus is lower than XZ now you can understand why?

6. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

the key is "off-screen" dude

9. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

It still did third best behind the One and the S4 in off-screen.

3. divatz

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

Hi guys, Did you benchmark the Snapdragon or the Exynos Galaxy S4 ?

7. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012


5. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

The on screen result shows just how much toll the higher resolution takes on the performance. The GPU in S4 is clearly faster than that in the Nexus 4, yet Nexus cruises ahead in the on screen frame rates

15. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Well, it pretty much has 2 times more pixels to move, so it's quite normal that performance goes to less than half.

8. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Oh and I can't wait the WP version release. The Lumia 920 should score miserably in this test

18. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

dont talk s**t about wp, because wp is way faster than android, android lags no matter of cores and no matter of version, wp8 dont make low-mid spec phones lag, you will need dual core at 1 ghz + 1gb ram to not have lag on android, that is top notch 2011 wise (note 1), iphone 5 on android would be way slower than s3 because its top 2011 spec

10. iluvsmartphonexpdx

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Really wanna see some VS battles together with some top phones...

11. bushido

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

Hire are rezults of my optimus 4x hd On-Screen: 6.247FPS Off-Screen: 3.142FPS bether den S3

19. blingblingthing

Posts: 986; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Here are my results on my Nexus 4. Rooted but with a stock 4.2.2 On-Screen: 13.807FPS Off-Screen: 4.165FPS

12. Note2waitingonNote3

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

My Galaxy Note 2 got 4.868fps and 3.680fps. Don't know how good that is compared to the rest one the market today. But definitely the Galaxy S4 wins without question.

20. Abbath

Posts: 99; Member since: Sep 16, 2012

Honestly based on everything I have read so far the only thing the HTC One seems to have over the S4 is looks.

21. BlueForce

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 02, 2013

Droid bionic: On screen: 4.247 Fps Off Screen: Crashes. Lol

22. takeoa

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

I just tried this on the iPhone 5: On-Screen: 13.534 FPS Off-Screen: 7.419 FPS

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