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.

Quadrant Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note4 24053
LG G3 23551
Sony Xperia Z3 20756
Motorola DROID Turbo 21739
AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note4 41185.33
LG G3 30634
Sony Xperia Z3 40437
Motorola DROID Turbo 48412
Apple iPhone 6 50888
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note4 1230.33
LG G3 1322
Sony Xperia Z3 1571
Motorola DROID Turbo 1814
Sunspider Lower is better
Samsung Galaxy Note4 1087.87
LG G3 947.2
Sony Xperia Z3 863.7
Motorola DROID Turbo 828.2
Apple iPhone 6 353.4
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note4 25.9
LG G3 20.7
Sony Xperia Z3 29.3
Motorola DROID Turbo 27.7
Apple iPhone 6 48.9
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note4 11.2
LG G3 7.5
Sony Xperia Z3 12.5
Motorola DROID Turbo 11.2
Apple iPhone 6 25.8
Basemark OS II Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note4 1038.67
LG G3 951
Sony Xperia Z3 1099
Motorola DROID Turbo 1297
Apple iPhone 6 1239

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?

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?

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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