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Quest complete! The Motorola DROID Turbo is the fastest QHD smartphone in performance benchmarks

Quest complete! The Motorola DROID Turbo is the fastest QHD smartphone in performance benchmarks

If you imagine the smartphone spec wars as a Wacky Races episode, then the new Motorola DROID Turbo is Dick Dastardly and Muttley's Mean Machine - a rocket-powered race car. Motorola and Verizon spared no expense to equip the smartphone with the most powerful hardware (that's also risk-free) available on the market. But are their efforts successful? Let's have a look at performance benchmarks and how the Moto DROID Turbo pushes back against the specs-intensive Samsung Galaxy Note 4, the revolutionary LG G3, the outstanding Sony Xperia Z3, and Apple's crowd pleaser - the omnipresent iPhone 6.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 24053
LG G3 23551
Sony Xperia Z3 20756
Motorola DROID Turbo 21739
AnTuTu
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 41185.33
Apple iPhone 6 50888
LG G3 30634
Sony Xperia Z3 40437
Motorola DROID Turbo 48412
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1230.33
LG G3 1322
Sony Xperia Z3 1571
Motorola DROID Turbo 1814
Sunspider
Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1087.87
Apple iPhone 6 353.4
LG G3 947.2
Sony Xperia Z3 863.7
Motorola DROID Turbo 828.2
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 25.9
Apple iPhone 6 48.9
LG G3 20.7
Sony Xperia Z3 29.3
Motorola DROID Turbo 27.7
GFXBench Manhattan on-screen
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 11.2
Apple iPhone 6 25.8
LG G3 7.5
Sony Xperia Z3 12.5
Motorola DROID Turbo 11.2
Basemark OS II
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1038.67
Apple iPhone 6 1239
LG G3 951
Sony Xperia Z3 1099
Motorola DROID Turbo 1297
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Starting with Quadrant, a benchmark that covers 21 processor, memory, input, output, and 2D graphics tests, the Moto DROID Turbo (21,739 points) actually under-performs somewhat. It is outgunned by the LG G3 (23,551 points) and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (24,053 points). Is the Moto DROID Turbo simply too fast for the over two year old benchmark? Stupid question, seeing the Note 4 has the same basic hardware. But still, the Moto DROID Turbo is not in a bad place at all. It comfortably speeds past the Sony Xperia Z3 (20,756), but is this its crown achievement?

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The "specs-intensive" Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is about to leave with a bloody nose!

Moving on to AnTuTu - a comprehensive Android benchmark that measures Memory Performance, CPU Performance, 2D & 3D Graphics Performance, SD card read-write speed and other system processes, the Moto DROID Turbo (48,412 points) stands an undisputed champion. The Galaxy Note 4 comes second with a result of 41,185 points. We have to note that Samsung's mighty phablet racked up a substantially better score when we ran an updated version of AnTuTu that wasn't out when we did the initial testing. But it still trails Motorola's beast, while the Xperia Z3 and LG G3 have a lot of catching up to do with both. The Moto DROID Turbo's excellent AnTuTu result means this phone is a computing and gaming powerhouse - exactly as advertised!

And then there's Vellamo Metal, the most beautiful benchmark of all. It measures single core CPU performance - after all, what can be better than one powerful core? Answer: four of them! Thanks to its quad-core 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, the Moto DROID Turbo (1814 points) commands an imposing lead over the LG G3 (1322 points) and Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (1230 points). Second to Moto's hog comes the Sony Xperia Z3 (1571), whose Snapdragon 801 processor performed quite admirably.

Sunspider is the go-to benchmark for measuring JavaScript computing performance. Judging by the results, you'll enjoy the fastest script execution on on none other but the iPhone 6, which has the absolute lowest (read: best) score - 353.4. The Moto DROID Turbo has the second lowest score at 828.2, followed by the Sony Xperia Z3 (863.7), LG G3 (947.2), and the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (1087). Wow, is Samsung not in a rush or what?

The Moto DROID Turbo is a power trip!

The Moto DROID Turbo is a power trip!

Now, on to the pretty graphics! GFXBench is our tool of choice by virtue of its intense T-REX and Manhattan 3D graphics tests. They represent the best of real-time 3D visuals on mobile at the moment, giving smartphone hardware a real workout. The iPhone 6 managed to render the most frames per second (49 FPS and 26 FPS, respectively) in both tests, but Apple's flagship has a significantly lower screen resolution than any of its Android competitors. Its displays is of 750x1334 resolution, while the Sony Xperia Z3 (29 FPS and 12.5 FPS) has a 1080p screen, and the LG G3 (21 FPS and 7FPS), Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (26 FPS and 11 FPS), and Moto DROID Turbo (28 FPS and 11 FPS) escalate to a mind-blowing 1440x2560 resolution. Out of the Android smartphones, the Sony Xperia Z3 performs the best, again due to running the test on a lower resolution. But who's the QHD phone flag man here? It's the Motorola DROID Turbo, which is faster than the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in the T-RED test, and on par with it in the Manhattan test. The LG G3 cannot keep up with the two due to its weaker graphics unit.

And finally, Basemark OS II - an all-in-one benchmark tool in the spirit of AnTuTu. After rigorous testing was complete, the Motorola DROID Turbo emerged with the highest score - 1297 points, trailed by the iPhone 6 and its 1239 points. The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (1038 points) runs fourth, preceded by the Sony Xperia Z3 with a slight headway - 1099 points. The LG G3 (951 points) finishes last, unable to break the 1000 points barrier. Ahh, where was the Snapdragon 805 CPU when the LG G3 needed it?

By commanding an excellent lead over the other two big brand QHD Android smartphones, and giving the Sony Xperia Z3 and its easier to manage 1080p a run for the money, the Moto DROID Turbo positions itself as the fastest QHD smartphone available to Americans. Thanks to its premium hardware and a lightweight Android ROM, it's able to out-muscle the mighty Samsung Galaxy Note 4 in all-around performance, and deliver on its sporty looks and image. Good job on raising a champion, Moto and Verizon!


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posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:06 1

1. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 2223; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


WAcky ~RAces was the sh.... :3

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:24 7

14. hung2900 (Posts: 965; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


The race is excluded Note 4 Exynos version. That's a truly beast.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 12:29

31. mafiaprinc3 (Posts: 575; Member since: 07 May 2012)


why is iphone gpu so far ahead in performance than the high end androids

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 13:42 11

43. Cicero (Posts: 922; Member since: 22 Jan 2014)


Because of tiny screen resolution?

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 13:43 7

44. nh1402 (Posts: 122; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)


Because the resolution of the iPhone is the lowest by far, so it has less work to do.

The GPU is also one of the top 3 mobile GPU's on the market. Don't forget Imagination Technologies design and make the GPU not Apple.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 13:44 2

45. tute.95 (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 Aug 2014)


iphone┬┤s resolution is somewhere between 1150x720 if I am correct and that is about 4x less pixels than a droid turbo, so, pushing that many pixels has its cons, like fps count, which goes waaay down, just as it does on a gaming pc. However, the iphone 6 has a lot of gpu guts, i gotta tell you..

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 16:42 1

57. vincelongman (Posts: 5043; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Actually the 6 is 750p
640p = 640 x 1136 = 727 040 = 0.7 MP
HD = 720p = 720 x 1280 = 921 600 = 0.9 MP
750p = 750 x 1334 = 1 000 500 = 1 MP
FHD (aka 2K) = 1080p = 1080 x 1920 = 2 073 600 = 2 MP
QHD (aka 2K/2.5K) = 1440p = 1440 x 2560 = 3 686 400 = 3.7 MP

PhoneArea should have used the 6+ (1080p) for a better comparison, though I think the A8 still has slightly better graphics than the 805, but the Exynos Note 4 is about the same as the A8

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 08:25

61. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)


2K is QHD, Full HD (1080p) is not 2K because...

1K = 720p (HD)
720p * 2 = 1440p (QHD) = 2K

posted on 30 Oct 2014, 12:49

63. vincelongman (Posts: 5043; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)


Haha, so by that logic
1440 * 2 = 2880p = 4K?
Why are Dell/Apple calling 2880p 5K instead of 4K?

Not even close lol

2K was 2048x1080, but now is ANY resolution with roughly 2000 horizonatal pixels
2K = 1920x1080 or 2650x1440 or 2048x858 or 1998x1080

Just like how 3K is ANY resolution with roughly 3000 horizontal pixels, e.g. 3200x1800

And Just like how 4K is ANY resolution with roughly 4000 horizontal pixels, e.g. 3840x2160

And Just like how 5K is ANY resolution with roughly 5000 horizontal pixels, e.g. 5120x2880 or 5120x2160

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 18:19 1

58. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 236; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


bad rez, iOS has less crap on it than most Androids, especially skinned versions (I'm not an Apple fanboy, but Apple can easily control that stuff because it's their own OS) and the iPhone is a flagship with a nice processor.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:06 8

2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


This is truly the best smartphone next to the Note 4.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:39 2

17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


I like the Nexus 6. That can't be discounted.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 13:04

38. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


I didnt think I'd be leaving the Nexus line any time soon, but The GSM turbo is gonna get my $$. The N6 is just too damn big for me. lol. At least the Turbo/Maxx is still mostly stock.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:07 2

3. UglyFrank (Posts: 1921; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


IPad Air 2 beats all :(

Sent from My iPad

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:09 3

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


A8X is undisputed king of the SoC world along with the 64-bit K1 chip. Qualcomm better impress with the 810 next year.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 13:06 2

39. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Im sure it has nothing to do with Apple devices running a simplistic OS with less going on... and the all important much lower resolution of an iphone vs a QHD android. lol.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 14:28 1

50. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Take the 6 Plus. 1080p vs other 1080p Android phones. 6+ smokes them all. Now as far as tabs go, N9 and iPad Air 2, guess who wins?

Btw, you've gotten your N4 yet from T-Mobile?

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 15:02 3

52. BattleBrat (Posts: 1476; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


Not really, better single core performance, worse multi core performance. The same story as the last few generations. And coincidentally I just got a Note 4 from Tmo

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 23:03

59. remixfa (Posts: 14604; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Which android phone has 1080p and the 805 chip/GPU?

The powerVR chip in the iphone has always been a powerhouse. None should doubt that. However, its a gimmick to make the iphone look good since the OS does like 1/4th of what android does at any given time.

I've had an N4 straight from google since the very first shipments of the phone. :) I havent ordered a replacement. Its obnoxious with the dead zone in the bottom of the screen, but its usable until the GSM variant of the Moto Turbo/Maxx whatever it is comes stateside (hopefully) shortly.

If the turbo stays out of reach I'll just suck it up, get bigger pants, and get the N6. lol.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 16:01

53. biophone (Posts: 1994; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


Honestly who cares? All these phones are fast enough. Its about the experience. I have an iPhone (older) and an android (newer). The differece here is a big deal as its noticeable. Between these beasts they are all good.

The turbo battery life is what impresses me

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:10 9

8. Cyrus.I (Posts: 11; Member since: 21 Jul 2014)


Yes, because an iPad Air 2 needs to be compared to a smartphone with 565 ppi.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:12

10. UglyFrank (Posts: 1921; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Comparing processors needs to happen.

I wish samsung would start to use custom arm chips.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:34 4

16. sgodsell (Posts: 4735; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Its stupid Apple people who like to compare their iPhone and iPads. But in reality the iPhone 6 used here has a display resolution of 1366x750 (1024500 pixels) while the turbo, note 4, and the G3 use displays with a resolution of 2560x1440 (3686400 pixels). So more than 3.5 times the number of pixels to push around vs the iPhone 6. Even the iPad has a lower resolution display then those phones that were mentioned. But I guess you like to boost and brag about your speed because its still not doing much. Where is the iOS real multitasking still? Where is the multi-window support? But I am glad to see you are happy with your single tasking iOS device.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 14:07 2

47. medicci37 (Posts: 1331; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


It's pathetic how some people let their hatred of Apple cloud judgment! Nothing wrong with comparing processors. In fact I can't imagine how someone that really appreciates technology wouldn't want to compare the 2!!.. It's called curiosity

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:15 6

11. Wiencon (Posts: 2017; Member since: 06 Aug 2014)


Well, nobody forced Moto to push 2K to their smartphone. I'm android user, but Apple is smart when it comes to spec, because pixel density is just enough and all reviews will tell You the same. FHD on Moto would be more than enough and would make battery life even more impressive.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:58 5

22. dmh0284 (Posts: 50; Member since: 04 Apr 2014)


QHD makes a difference with Amoled. The Note 4's screen looks noticeably sharper thant he Note 3, partly because the higher resolution makes it harder to discern the green pixels which are abundant in amoled technology.

I actually swore I'd never buy an Amoled screen phone until I saw the Note 4. That is a very nice looking screen. I'm going to have to see the Turbo's screen in person before I decide between the note4 and the turbo. If the turbo's screen checks out, I might just get the turbo over the note.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 11:11 3

25. Awalker (Posts: 1675; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


A QHD screen matters on a amoled display. My Nexus 5 looks noticeable sharper than my Moto X 2014 even though both have the same screen resolution. And most of these benchmarks don't matter unless you're someone who plays high end games. Most of the time I see people playing candy crush.

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 12:39 1

35. afraaa (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


@ Wiencon pixel on iphone is just enough !!!?? put iphone 6 beside nexus 5 and g3 and see whats enough !! iphone screen pixel is obvious compare to our phone , i can not even look at iphone 6 and 5s screen . if u cant see...thats another story . hd display is not good loking anymore

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 12:44 1

36. afraaa (Posts: 138; Member since: 23 Oct 2014)


apple give up contest and open thin season competition that is really funny and ridiculous

posted on 29 Oct 2014, 10:07 1

4. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Sidenote: Looks like LG and Sony have a lot of catching up to do next year.

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