Nexus 5 first benchmarks surface: top-shelf performance

Nexus 5 first benchmarks surface: top-shelf performance
The Nexus 5 is out and so are the first performance tests. It is no secret that the Snapdragon 800 system chip is the exact same silicon powering the latest flagships including the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2. Just how powerful is the Nexus 5, though, and where exactly does it fit in the Android landscape? Only benchmarking can tell and what it tells is that the Nexus 5 is among the top performers out there.

The first official benchmark results measure CPU performance of the Krait 400 cores and there are four of them in Snapdragon 800. The test is Sunspider benchmark and Google’s Nexus 5 scores admirably in the top places. Another test that confirms its speedy processor is Octane where the Nexus 5 scored a very high 3907 points, but sadly we could not compare the results from Octane with other devices as we can with Sunspider.

Lower is better
Apple iPhone 5s
415.7
HTC One
977.9
Samsung Galaxy S4
1082.9
Sony Xperia Z1
746.2
LG G2
932.8
Samsung Galaxy Note3
599
Google Nexus 5
723.9
The remaining two tests have actually surfaced earlier (they were likely done on non-final prototypes, so take them with a grain of salt) and they measure graphics, but this time around we put them in the context of other devices. This shows how well the Nexus 5 will handle games in comparison with the top-shelf smartphones of today.

The first test we have the results from is the Basemark X benchmark. It is a stressful gaming test including particle effects, advanced lighting effects and post processing. The test is close to a real game (a very, very graphically intensive one) and is built on the Unity 4.0 engine.

Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s
27.685
HTC One
8.236
Samsung Galaxy S4
9.148
Sony Xperia Z1
17.007
LG G2
14.662
Samsung Galaxy Note3
18.1
Google Nexus 5
17.342
The second test is the well-known GFXBench in its latest and most demanding T-Rex graphical test. Here again, the Nexus 5 scores an excellent 23 frames per second, very close to that coveted 30fps smooth gaming framerate. The only handset that outdoes it here is the Note 3, but matching the powerful iPhone 5 is quite a feat for the affordable Nexus.

Higher is better
Apple iPhone 5s
23
HTC One
15
Samsung Galaxy S4
16
Sony Xperia Z1
21
LG G2
20
Samsung Galaxy Note3
26
Google Nexus 5
21
All in all, the Nexus 5 is obviously a solid no-compromise device when it comes to performance and you can easily play the latest and most demanding game on it. How do you like what you see?

reference: GigaOm

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Nexus 5
  • Display 5.0 inches
    1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP (Single camera)
    1.3 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2300 mAh
  • OS Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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