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
Samsung Galaxy S4
Sony Xperia Z1
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Google Nexus 5
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
Samsung Galaxy S4
Sony Xperia Z1
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Google Nexus 5
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
Samsung Galaxy S4
Sony Xperia Z1
Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Google Nexus 5
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" 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)



1. doonroy

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Hi guys! sorry to ask a noob question! If I buy the Nexus 5 directly from Google Store, is it unlocked? can I just use it on T-mobile network?

6. oNEWorld

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 01, 2013

you can use it on most GSM networks including T-Mobile.

7. adolert15

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

Nexus 5 is unlocked and you can use it on T-Mobile, AT&T and Sprint.

11. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

cool, so It comes unlocked? Nice, so all I would have to do is buy a T-Mobile sim right?

20. adolert15

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

That's right mate. Just need to know the Nexus 5 sim card size.

21. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

cool thanks

47. Beaustir45

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

are you sure you could use it on sprint?

48. Beaustir45

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

I mean, bought directly from Google play store, and not from sprint. I ask this because I'm sure you won't be able to buy the phone directly from sprint for anywhere near $350

63. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

But Sprint doesn't uses SIM CARDS

69. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Sprint's HTC One comes with a SIM card. I'm not positive, but there's probably a way you could get one from Sprint. Y'know, if you begged or something. (Hee hee, comment 69...! Happy Halloween!)

45. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

We don't know how much we hate iPhone but truth is still iPhone easily blows away every smartphone in this test.

60. bibekpachhai unregistered

Even though it doesn't have the quadcore processor and the 2 gb ram, Iphone is a smooth device.

62. wilsong17 unregistered

one app at a time

70. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

1,000,000+ pixels less at a time. (Although I'm not positive these tests take pixel-count into consideration or not.)

71. mittalmailbox

Posts: 52; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

at twice the price and low resolution/screensize

55. steedsofwar unregistered

yes you can

58. madmikepr

Posts: 138; Member since: Aug 09, 2011

yes the kraken has been Release...

2. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

Whats the use of being fast when the battery runs out in 4 hours!!! and the camera pics is yellowish

25. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

The battery on your nexus 5 runs out in 4 hours?

26. jsebago

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

I am sick of this guy comments...

33. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

You and me both

57. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Nop but we all lol. Just kidding GrapeEyes.

72. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 892; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

This "GrapEyes" idiot thinks he can influence the sales of android devices by juz Trolling.... LOL... I pity him...

64. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

so is youre icon pic

3. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

Very interesting.

4. BillyG

Posts: 305; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

iPhone 5s blows them all

13. GeekMovement unregistered

except the note 3 (:

29. bigstrudel

Posts: 604; Member since: Aug 20, 2012

Boosted results. You can pretty much look at the G2 for actual benchmark scores. Same exact hardware and also has a bloated version of Android as well.

43. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

What makes you so sure Apple doesn't boost their scores? You use the same exact argument without knowing what Apple does. Typical.

52. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

I was about to hop all over him with this but you beat me to it. +1 for you

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