Edge browser on Windows 10 Mobile TP goes up against Chrome and Firefox on benchmark tests

Edge browser on Windows 10 Mobile TP goes up against Chrome and Firefox on benchmark tests
Microsoft has changed the name of Internet Explorer on Windows 10, to Edge. This includes Windows 10 Mobile. The crew in Redmond did more than just change the name of the browser, it reworked it with the Chrome browser in its crosshairs. To see how the Edge browser measures up against both Chrome and mobile Firefox,  ReWritable decided to perform a couple of benchmark tests. A Microsoft Lumia 640 was outfitted with the Windows 10 Mobil Technical Preview (build 10586.11) and went up against an Android 5.1 powered second-generation Motorola Moto G LTE. Both handsets pack the Snapdragon 400 chipset, the Adreno 305 GPU, and a 720 x 1280 resolution screen.

Each test was run three times and the results show the average score of the three runs. Both devices were plugged in with the screen lock timers disabled.

On Google Octane, Edge outscored Chrome 2522 to 2284. Firefox 42 actually outscored Chrome 46 to finish second, with a tally of 2384. On the Jetstream benchmark test, it was Firefox 42 on top with a score of 15,545. Chrome 46 came in second with a score of 15,115. On this test, Edge finished third, scoring 14,919 points.

Benchmark test scores can't replace your actual experience using any of these three browsers. Besides, there are differences in hardware between the phones that could have payed a part in the scoring. But tossing that aside for a moment, it would appear that Windows 10 Mobile users will have a noticeable improvement surfing the internet on their phones, compared to the experience Windows Phone 8.1 users had with Internet Explorer.

source: ReWritable via WMPoweruser

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Lumia 640
  • Display 5.0 inches
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  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
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  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1GB RAM
  • Storage 8GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 2500 mAh
  • OS Windows 10 Mobile
Moto G LTE (2014)
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24. Eclectech

Posts: 364; Member since: May 01, 2013

The takeaway for me is that Chrome did not win in either test. Chrome is now bloated and slow.

21. seesharp88

Posts: 22; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

They have not renamed IE. This is a new browser

26. jontaylor07

Posts: 169; Member since: Oct 12, 2015

It's no surprise to me that I get only one line into the story before running into a factual inaccuracy. Edge is a brand new app, doesn't share any code with IE. Maybe the icon is similar and that threw off the PA research department?

20. fly2click

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 19, 2012

There could be a million things behind every web browser. But common people dont mind which engine, Which add on. All they worry is it fast. Why someone be more concerned about the libraries if his only intention is to browse some websites. I agree, browsing websites needs some technical components for flawless rendering and for functioning properly. Any browser gets that basic thing right, I am okay to use any browser. IMO, Apps already reduced considerable amount of browser usage.

23. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Not everyone is a common user. There are advanced users out there who care just about everything in a browser.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

This is very true, however, they are not the masses. And shouldn't be forced to use a browser just because it supports an extension that they will never ever use.

19. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

On mobile will be great, but in PC... edge is bad... If I download a file via MEGA, edge slow my computen so much because it saves the files on the RAM :/

15. antmiu2

Posts: 553; Member since: Jun 19, 2011

I with IE would support adblock on PC

18. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

There is an AdBlock Plus extension for IE, works flawlessly with IE 11 on my Surface Pro 2...I only keep Chrome on my Surface for it's advanced library of extensions.

14. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

I can't stand firefox, never have and never will.

13. kamejoko

Posts: 257; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

don't care benchmark because edge or ie support web gl, css3, html5 very bad and slow.

12. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

As far as my experience so far versus edge with my l950 and chrome with my s6 edge plus I have to say chrome is a bit faster when loading pages and scrolled faster. I prefer the look of edge on mobile and absolutely think having the toolbar on the bottom with edge makes it the far more logical place.

11. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Chrome Beta/Dev UC browser Cheeta Browser Opera Is the way to go. For super light ones use lightning, Apus or opera mini

8. AlikMalix unregistered

As long as they support ad-blockers like Safari on iOS. It's a difference is night and day, one is frustrating and without ads it's FAST...

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2200; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

The actual look, feel and features of a browser matter as much as speed. When I open a new Tab on chrome it opens in the background and the tab switcher in both of its styles is great. If it was fullscreen (no notification bar) it would be perfect. The only thing I would add is user agents like dolphin so that it could appear to be a desktop, IPad/iphone etc for some sites.


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

UC browser is another good choice, methinks

1. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

Those tests just show edge as a reliable and upto task browser as others... Imo, chrome is just an overhyped browser, I rarely use it

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I tried Edge on W10 but it was disaster IMO, I'll stick with Chrome, it may be cluttered but I have enough RAM to keep it running smoothly and no browser can beat it when it comes to add ons. On Android Chrome is the only choice IMO, but it's just because I find it very comfortable, I know people like other browsers too but idk. On iOS Mercury rules, fastest of all. I wonder how will Edge on WP10 behave, IE was everything but pleasant experience on WP8

5. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Dolphin for me on Android. For me Edge is fast, its sites with bad code that kill it, this includes PA

22. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

UC Browser for me! It's blazing fast!

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5838; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Agreed, Edge is still very unfinished, even on W10 TH2 It lacks many features found in Chrome/Firefox, and can have stability issues Personally for Windows, I prefer Chrome because in my experience its the fastest For Android, I prefer Firefox because of extensions, e.g. uBlock blocks ads which makes load faster For iOS, I prefer Safari because of content blocker, again blocks ads which makes load faster

10. Awalker

Posts: 1988; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I use Firefox on my Windows laptop and Chrome on Android. Chrome is so much smoother when using an ad blocker.

16. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Edge on W10m is very good. And after November update to W10PC, Edge is working very nicely. I've replaced Firefox with Edge. Edge provides much better features on my SP3 than other browsers do.

17. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Agreed, Edge is very far from finsihed. I'm eagerly looking to replace Chrome after all these intentional gimps it comes with on PC Plus devices like my Surface Pro 2 (bit.ly/1s3TSlH). Edge with Extensions looks to be the solution (Firefox, that has just been a sluggish mess since they joined the version # race), but that's only gonna be available next year. I can wait. Besides, Windows 10's Tablet UI still has room for polishing before it replaces Windows 8.1.1 for me.

4. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

Google should stop being evil and show some love to Windows Store just like it does to iOS. People need the Google Ecosystem on Windows! (PS-Google is one of the best companies out there and I believe in Google)

6. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Chrome has its issues and I am not a fan of it on mobile, but on an i3 and up its just so much nicer than edge and safari and the rest. The tool bar, bookmarks, and ad blockers are just so much better.

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