Basemark X benchmark now listing the Nexus 5 as the 2nd-best gaming phone

based on Basemark X

based on Basemark X


As we noted earlier today, it's been a Nexus 5 day so far, and this latest leaked benchmark for the Nexus 5 really serves to complete that notion.

Courtesy of Basemark X, the new results actually show that the Nexus 5 possesses quite the graphical prowess, which is actually exactly what Basermark X attempts to evaluate. The Nexus 5 appears to have performed well enough to win itself a spot second only to Apple's iPhone 5s, which actually isn't all that surprising seeing as the PowerVR G6430 GPU on the 5s has shown itself to be quite the performance monstrosity. Anyway, as you can see, the Nexus 5 managed just over 14 frames per second during the test, which is actually pretty high, considering the level of intensity it mercilessly forces your devices to go through.

Despite the numerous Nexus 5-related leaks, actual benchmarks have been pretty scarce, to say the least. We've only had a GFXBench pass once before, and that was actually off-screen anyway, for which we're grateful, but we were really looking for on-screen performance for a while now. Now that this has been taken care of, we're back to waiting to get our hands on the new Google beast.

source: Rightware

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.3 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 2300 mAh(17h talk time)
iPhone 5s
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A7, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 1570 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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67 Comments

1. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Damn you, Apple.

4. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

LOL! They're pretty close, actually.

11. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Dude, you got problems. 15.5 and 15.4 might be close, but 15.5 and 14.3 (giving Nexus the benefit of the doubt) is NOT PRETTY CLOSE.

20. DaHarder

Posts: 177; Member since: Oct 10, 2009

Sure.. Whatever... What really matters is that doing any sort of 'gaming' (or anything else for that matter) on a 4 inch display of less than 720p resolution is likely going to be far less enjoyable than performing the same on a 5 inch display at 1080p for anyone with remotely average sized fingers. It's really not too difficult for Apple's iPhone5/5c/5s to get marginally faster performance numbers when it has so few pixels to push due to its sub-720p and comparatively minuscule display. But of course you (as expected from such a biased brand fanatic) fail to take THAT 'Inconvenient Truth' into account.

28. maxican16

Posts: 364; Member since: Sep 29, 2011

Boom! Ardent is such a ridiculous pain in the ass to try to have a discussion with. You put him in his place. Well done sir.

33. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Oh trust me, WE know.

62. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

First word you see now in the ifan dictionary is "offscreen"....

42. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

"It's really not too difficult for Apple's iPhone5/5c/5s to get marginally faster performance numbers when it has so few pixels to push due to its sub-720p and comparatively minuscule display." Except this was an offscreen benchmark. Better luck next time broski.

45. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

this is an on-screen benchmark read the article before commenting

48. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Must suck not knowing how to read graphs. Post #38 has your answer.

26. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Actually it is, considering how far the rest is. Besides that, in the Egypt offscreen benchmark, where screensize and res doesnt matter, they are even when it comes to speed.

30. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

standard deviation: 0.85 %RSD: 5.7% Yeah, that's pretty close actually.

46. E34V8

Posts: 109; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

Don't forget - Nexus 5 has a 5" full HD screen, and the iPhone 5s has a sub HD 4" screen. Which one do you prefer ?

57. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Considering it's measured in frames per second, that is very close. An 8% increase is negligible.

31. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

And as soon as someone gets it rooted, a few tweaks will easily put it past the iPhone.

32. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Is that all that matters? Seriously, a few points on a benchmark? Who cares? iPhone owners will have a fast gaming device that Android fans will still turn up their noses at. Nexus/G2/Note3 owners will have a fast gaming device that iPhone users won't give a second thought. Everyone wins.

10. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

eh, but of think of the price difference between the 2

12. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Better yet, think of the resale values. Apple devices generally end up costing less to own based on depreciation costs, ceteris paribus.

25. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

What? Not even close. Nexus line has the best value on the planet. Apple can't come close. Nexus 4: Avg. retail: $325 Avg. Swappa resale: $251 Apple iPhone 5: Avg. retail: $749 Swappa resale: $449 http://swappa.com/buy/nexus-4-unlocked/ushttp://swappa.com/buy/apple-iphone-5-unlocked/us And that's using the original Nexus 4 price, not the $100 discounted price. With the discount, a year old Nexus 4 INCREAED in value. And giving Apple the benefit of using an unlocked iPhone resale price. Non-unlocked values have to be reduced $100 in resale - which is more typical of a carrier locked iPhone. It's no contest.

34. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

ardent is going to reply to you now that you've proved him wrong. He'll just give his side, disregard yours and leave when the argument isn't in his favor. Weak.

37. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Haha! Thanks Papa smurf! I was expecting an argument about other Android non-Google branded smartphones. That, I will agree, is a whole different story. Samsung is close but nowhere close to as good as the Nexus line has been. Some of the other OEMs are way off too.

40. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

isn't*

44. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

I think you also have to account that the iPhone 5 still has a pretty good resale price due to it not being officially available via retail anymore. Ideally speaking though, shouldn't the resale price of the Nexus 4 be lower since Google was selling the 16gb in new condition for $250? I guess some people don't know... Like when thousands are buying refurbished tablets for ridiculous prices on groupon.

35. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Don't worry, I will still use Nexus 5 to game any day bc I can't see out of that little screen on 5S

60. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

give it a break thats pretty awsome for a phone that cost $349.

2. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

The Nexus 5 and the iPhone 5/5s/5c are the devices to own for best experience in the mobile space. Nexus for pure android and Apple for its ecosystem and design. Waiting for the Nx5 to hit the streets

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

How's the iPhone 5s listed as the best gaming phone? I know it's benchmark, but the iPhone 5s has a small screen, so it's not the best gaming phone.

5. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

It's a benchmarking tool, after all. Factors such as the above aren't taking into account, for better or worse.

9. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Agree, but then titles are misleading.

21. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

I actually agree completely, a smaller screen is pretty detrimental to the gaming experience. But I can't agree that the title is misleading, it clearly states that Basemark X puts it as one of the best devices, which is consistent and true.

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