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 Note 4 24053
LG G3 23551
Sony Xperia Z3 20756
Motorola DROID Turbo 21739
AnTuTu Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 41185.33
LG G3 30634
Sony Xperia Z3 40437
Motorola DROID Turbo 48412
Apple iPhone 6 50888
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
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 Note 4 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 Note 4 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 Note 4 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!



1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

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

14. hung2900

Posts: 966; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

31. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 585; Member since: May 07, 2012

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

43. Cicero

Posts: 1129; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Because of tiny screen resolution?

44. nh1402

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 30, 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.

45. tute.95

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 14, 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..

57. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 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

61. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

2K is QHD, Full HD (1080p) is not 2K because... 1K = 720p (HD) 720p * 2 = 1440p (QHD) = 2K

63. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 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

58. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

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.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

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

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

3. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

IPad Air 2 beats all :( Sent from My iPad

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

50. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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?

52. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 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

59. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

53. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 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

8. Cyrus.I

Posts: 11; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

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

10. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Comparing processors needs to happen. I wish samsung would start to use custom arm chips.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7367; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

47. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 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

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

22. dmh0284

Posts: 50; Member since: Apr 04, 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.

25. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 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.

35. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 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

36. afraaa

Posts: 138; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

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

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

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

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