Benchmark ranks the best Androids for gaming, Nexus 6 and Note 4 take the lead

Benchmark ranks the best Androids for gaming, Nexus 6 and Note 4 take the lead
Futuremark, the makers of the popular cross-platform graphics benchmark set 3D Mark, has listed the top 100 Android gaming performers for December, and the results are nothing short of totally expected. 

The first three slots are occupied by NVIDIA's blazing K1 chipset, and then it's all Snapdragon 805, 801 and Exynos until the eye can see. The first time a MediaTek chipset (in the Meizu MX4) pops, is at the late 84th place in the top 100 ranking, while Huawei's Kirin silicon is not a contender there, as it might not even be optimized to run said graphics benchmark.

When it comes to individual phones, Nexus 6 takes the lead, followed by some other Snapdragon 805-equipped handsets, like the Galaxy S5 4G+, Motorola Droid Turbo, and the various iterations of the Galaxy Note 4/Note Edge phablets. Interestingly enough, two Snapdragon 801 devices - the Oppo Find 7a and Asus PadFone S - wiggle their way in the top 10, too.

source: Futuremark



1. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Misleading title? Note 4 is 11th on the list, and 8th among phones.

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

The important point to note is the difference. The performance difference between 1 and 3 is much more than 3 and 11. Both have the same SoC. They will perform similarly. The difference here arises due to higher android version of nexus and the on screen buttons.

6. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Even if they still all perform roughly the same, why single out the Nexus and Note? Why not the Turbo, or Padfone, or Edge?

7. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That's a good point. I have no idea. I have to admit Qualcomm's Adreno 420 is an EPIC GPU. I mean the graphics that it can handle are ridiculous. It will be pumping GREAT graphics until 2018 for sure. +1

19. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Idk according to the article, the exynos chip is more powerful than the 420... Although I will give Qualcomm props on the name

9. hemedans

Posts: 759; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

19xxx and 23xxx thats huge difference nearly 20%

2. rantao333

Posts: 346; Member since: May 21, 2013

misleading article, any phone with 2k resolution ,game run at that native resolution give far worst frame rate than any other 1080p phones. infact, note 3 has smoother gameplay than note 4

4. TyrionLannister unregistered

Actually it's not that true. See, most games don't support QHD. All Games have a maximum resolution after which they just upscale to fit higher resolution. Most games max out at 720/1080p and just upscale. For those games, Adreno 420 will give a lot better framerates than the 330. Even for the rarest of the rare QHD games, you'll get similar performance from 420@QHD as 330@1080p but you'll also get higher detail.

5. KinqElessaR

Posts: 45; Member since: Dec 04, 2014

Samsung should make their "Korean" phones global. Look at that S5.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Samsung makes EPIC phones for everyone around the globe. I like that they give their country a "home field advantage" if you will. Give something special to their peeps in their backyard. I respect that. I am 100% fine with that. I appreciate that they take care of their own.

10. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

They take the lead in what? They're not even close to the top according to this list. Don't mislead the reader with a bogus headline to generate clicks.

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Satisfying to myself, to see my tablet at top.

12. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

where is OnePlus one!!!! I think this article is not accurate

18. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Maybe Futuremark didn't get an invite

24. bigmaster

Posts: 198; Member since: Sep 05, 2014


13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

What I like to point out is the difference between the nexus 6 which is stock 5.0 and the other phones like the Note4 which run launchers. Both phones have nearly identical hardware. You can see just how detrimental launchers are to extreme performance. Thank tha lord for XDA! :)

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

That's why I believe that with root as an option the Nexus 6 is by far the best phone of 2014. Now if root is not an option & we can only go with stock phones then the Galaxy Note Edge & the Galaxy Note 4 are the best in 2014.

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Id say you have that backwards. With root and a little tinkering, the GN4 goes from fantastic to out of this world. If root wasnt an option, then stock Android would be the only way to go if your into pure performance.

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

The problem is you first need a Developer Edition Note 4 unless you go T-Mobile which you do if I recall. Second when it comes to kernels the development is day and night compared to the Note 3 & Note 4. Also there are ROM's that will NEVER come to the Note 3 & 4 that are common among-st all Nexus phones. You will see first hand the major difference in development on the Note 4 vs your old Nexus 4. I again disagree. the Note 4 can do things the Nexus 6 Stock could never do thanks to Samsung's S-Pen & all the features tucked away that come in TouchWiz. Samsung makes their phone do things that can't be done with others. That's why Samsung sells so many devices & that's what sets Samsung apart from other OEMs.

21. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

But they don't necessarily do them better. For example Moto X 2014 has air gestures of sorts and so does Note 2 and all the recent flagships but Moto X does em better

25. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

your diluting the conversation. I was just talking on a pure performance standpoint. Yea, the Note4 does more than the Nexus 6 because of the S-pen.. but all of that comes at a performance cost. My only real point was that since both phones share very similar hardware, the big difference in numbers shown is because of how much more heavy TW is VS stock. That's all. Yea, the Note 4's dev isnt as robust as the Nexus 4, and I dont expect it to be. Its a niche device (like the nexus) but its not a developer's phone... and it isnt widely available/out that long. However, there is some fantastic things going on for it that really show what TW can do when tweaked vs even stock android. Samsung looked to the mod community once to fix up TW when it went and hired Cyanogen himself to work for them, and it changed a lot of things for the better. I think its time they do it again.


Posts: 652; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

G3 is missing, also very good for gaming.

20. DroidMystic

Posts: 91; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Nexus 6 beat the Note 4 completely.

22. assassinsaad

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 29, 2012

Where is sony in this test ?

23. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Apparently somewhere below number 10

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