Nokia Lumia 1520 bests Samsung Galaxy S5 in gaming benchmark test

One nice thing about most Windows Phone series devices is the smooth user experience that has proven itself to not be dependent on super-high-end hardware to make it happen. The gaming experience overall on Windows Phone is pretty good and the selection of games is no slacker.

Benchmark tests have come under a lot of scrutiny lately, and that is a good thing. Still, they are not without their uses and if the results shared by Rightware are on target, the Nokia Lumia 1520 is the device to own if mobile gaming is your thing.

The Lumia 1520 is a flagship by any standard, so most folks would scratch their heads at such news, but the fact that the yet-to-be-released Samsung Galaxy S5 was part of the test is what makes this interesting. The new Samsung is packing a newer Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, but the same Adreno 330 GPU.  Still, those that were expecting a breakthrough with Samsung's new flagship will be surprised.

Rounding out the top five behind these two beasts are the Asus PadFone Infinity 2, Pantech Vega Secret Note and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. All the devices arguably finished within inches of each other on the gaming centric Basemark X benchmark, making all of them a fine choice. When you look at the overall, Basemark OSII category, the Lumia 1520 finished in the top five (fifth), but still ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S5.

source: Rightware via NPU

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63 Comments

1. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

More proof that benchmarks dont make sales

7. yudi.nemesis unregistered

100% agree with you because aggresive marketing and some dirty tricks is what make the sales :)

18. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Nokia is doing aggressive marketing and hell it ain't working... Dirty tricks... IDK what you mean.

21. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

He is a samsung hater.. dont mind him..

34. yudi.nemesis unregistered

At least i'm not some mindless fanboy like some of you (samsung fanboy) and this samsung hater is ex samsung loyal costomer since 2009-2013.

36. maccess

Posts: 742; Member since: Jan 16, 2013

Yeah.. good to you..

52. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

i would love to see nokia at no 1 place again but this is growth rate. crude numbers and market share speaks for it self. like somebody said i can buy a jolla and next year all my friends (50 persons) buy it (5000%). and this would become an enormous growth but... you see where im goin with this

55. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

i would love to see nokia at no 1 place again but this is growth rate. crude numbers and market share speaks for it self. like somebody said i can buy a jolla and next year all my friends (50 persons) buy it (5000%). and this would become an enormous growth but... you see where im goin with this

24. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I Don't care about benchmark, as longest my phone run fast, and smooth with No lag.

26. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I don't care about benchmarks all I care about is Google Apps....

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

And yet I don't use google apps for work or play, to each his own

2. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Nokia ..we want Lumia 1520 but with 5" and 925 design :D !!!!

13. GeekMovement unregistered

lol sorry, but heck no to the 925 design! That camera hump almost looks like a funnel to me, but the 920 & Icon (this is the answer) has a great design (:

17. fouadqr

Posts: 326; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

Why not ?! 925 design is one of the best ! ..and the camera hump looks good :P

35. GeekMovement unregistered

bleh! I tried to like it, but it never grew on me. Much much prefer the Lumia 920, 928, 1320, 1520 (yea it's got a camera hump too ]:), & Icon than that. If I move to T-Mobile, I really wanted to try their high end windows phone, but that design repels me >

53. Furbal unregistered

Icon is a gorgeous phone in white...too bad I couldn't get it to work for MMS's on AT&T. 1520 RM-938 ordered last night....QI charging/32gb of goodness should get here next week instead of PMA charging like the terrible AT&T one

54. GeekMovement unregistered

I agree the icon in white is great. Congrats on ordering your 1520, I'm jealous hehe!

22. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

You have to wait my friend because next version of 920 is coming, Martini. Slimmer like 925 and powerful packed with 8.1

51. zuckerboy

Posts: 898; Member since: Dec 22, 2011

couldnt agree more...

3. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Nice victory for WP or the 1520... our both.

23. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

This is what i call Perfectly done architecture of hardware by Nokia.

4. xq10xa

Posts: 810; Member since: Dec 07, 2010

And it begins.

5. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

The SGS5 is not released yet, so it sure is running unfinished softwar, I am not sammy fanboy and have never owned a samsung phine, but the truth need to be said

39. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

But the other Android phones in the test are already finished products and are being marketed yet the 1520 beat them. And by the way, the S5 is running on Snapdragon 801 on 2.5GHZ while the 1520 is fitted with only the Snapdragon 800 running on lower 2.2GHZ.

6. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

You can't really make an honest comparison with pre-release hardware

28. hurrycanger

Posts: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

good point

41. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Not really a good point since included in the test were finished Android products all using the same SOC as the 1520.

61. hurrycanger

Posts: 1766; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

1520 vs GS5 You know what I'm talking about, man.

40. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

But the 1520 was not just compared to the S5 with the faster Snapdragon 801 2.5GHZ SOC (the 1520 is on Snapdragon 800 running on only 2.2GHZ) but with other finished Android products in the test and the 1520 beat them all too!

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