Top 10 best performing smartphones according to various benchmarks (AnTuTu, GFXBench)

When it comes to measuring smartphone performance, there are usually two ways you can go about it – the synthetic route, where you make use of various benchmarking tools meant to push your device to the limit whilst taking notes, or simply taking it for a spin yourself. The latter method is regarded by most as the more important metric – after all, even if synthetic benchmarks rank any given device poorly, but it runs well enough in your experience, then you have little incentive to give a hoot. The problem is, unlike synthetic benchmarks, real world tests are rarely structured and representative, and as such are unlikely to offer much more than anecdotes.

Synthetic benchmarks then, while not ideal, nevertheless keep the variables to a minimum. And, as the months have gone by, we've amassed a sizable database of scores for each device that has gone through our review process. Whether you choose to trust benchmarks or not is up to you, but we've come to recognize them as very good predictors of in-app performance, especially since most of them nowadays include segments that mimic real life usage and not just cold, hard code-crunching power.

For the purposes of this comparison, we picked two of our favorite benchmark suites – AnTuTu, which takes a more holistic approach to testing, and two separate but extremely tasking scenarios in GFXBench, both of which give you objective data to help you understand how your device will behave when running some of the most graphics-intensive games on the planet.


As mentioned, AnTuTu takes a more holistic approach to testing the performance of your device. This is achieved by analyzing how different parts of the hardware behave and then aggregating the scores into one single total. In other words, we have tests for the Android runtime, single- and multi-core integer performance, I/O, RAM, and more. 

Here are the top 10 devices that best handle what AnTuTu has to throw at them, arranged in an ascending order.

GFXBench: T-Rex HD on-screen

Unlike AnTuTu, GFXBench's tests have a lot more to do with graphics performance, including render quality and performance stability. The results are measured in frames per second – a standard practice when testing games – and are thus indicative of how much or how little choppiness you can expect in that latest hit game on the app store.

T-Rex HD is a specific, medium-heavy scenario that the benchmark plays back on your device whilst the screen is turned on. Here are the top 10 devices that best handle it (ascending order)

GFXBench: Manhattan on-screen

GFXBench's 'Manhattan' segment is much alike the T-Rex HD one. It's also aimed at measuring on-screen graphics performance, but is considerably heavier than the former and is easily one of the most grueling of segments in any mobile benchmarks. In other words, even the newest, most powerful smartphones fail to reach the coveted 30 FPS milestone.

Here's who's closest (ascending order):



1. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

So HTC One M9 is a benchmarks champ, but it is overheating.... Tough situation As for Sammy, I won't buy any Sammy product again, specially after they removed the micro sdcard feature I really hope that HTC One M9 overheating thing is dealt with Even if the CPU power is to be lowered than 1.55/2.0 GHz but keep it cool I hope they do so.....

8. neops

Posts: 297; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

An infographic with bars is clearly missing

13. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Dont blame snapdragon just yet as the software isnt complete. Maybe on launch, the problem would be fix and i, an iOS user, would love to buy one. Gaming here looks epic with the screen and the boom speakers:)

16. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

So it is most likely to see the phone not overheating to that pathetic 55.4 degree Celsius ? Or still there will be an issue ? I really like the phone and the most two features that I really like is that it still has the micro sdcard slot and is using a FHD screen ..... I have no complains on the camera, I nearly don't use it :p

28. mostafawael.1998

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

Never mind, I will get myself a budget phone And wait for the next SoC wave. s810 is not a chip to trust I hope that s820 is trustable Also if huawei's Kirin 940 SoC is coming in the nexus it would be a great device, specially because it will be using the A72 ARM cores !!!!! Just hope that upcoming nexus device ain't that big like the nexus 6

34. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

M9 is no benchmark champ, S6 is better in the Off screen results, when the different display resolutions are taken out of the equation.

35. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

off-screens are for benchmark purposes only. what affect the device's real performance is the on-screen ones.

2. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015


4. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

I still read it as you yelling :D

6. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

lol its cool

17. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I read it as whining.

19. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

That's fine but what i said is still true we don't know the true benchmarks for any unreleased phone.

18. true1984

Posts: 869; Member since: May 23, 2012

I agree. I also wonder why they left out the m8

21. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

There is no way the S6 will do that consider the fact that it is pushing >3.5x the pixels of the iPhone 6

23. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

3.5 x 326 is 1141 pixels the s6 has 577 pixels not even double that of the iphone 6's 326ppi. the s6 has ruffly 1.77x pixels than the iphone 6. when it releases it will beat everything in benchmarks trust me. #S6Boss

39. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Wrong, PPI is not the number of pixel. 2560x1440 (QHD): 3.6 MP, and divided by 3.5 is going to be 1MP, which is the resolution on the iPhone 6.

40. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

What you just said has zero logic.

41. g2a5b0e unregistered

What he said makes perfect sense. You just didn't understand it. PPI does not equal the number of pixels. The PPI = the density of the pixels or the pixels per square inch. While, the PPI of the S6 is roughly 1.77x that of the iPhone, the number of pixels is not. iPhone = 1,334 x 750 = 1,000,500 pixels S6 = 2,560 x 1,440 = 3,686,400 pixels The S6 pushes 3.68x the pixels. Completely correct.

42. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

oh s**t i knew that damn now i feel stupid #BrainFart thx for being better at explaining than that other guy ;)

43. g2a5b0e unregistered

No problem, dude. It definitely wasn't the best way to explain it.

48. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

1MP is the number of pixel iPhone 6 has

49. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

no it has what post #41 says it has

50. refillable

Posts: 1071; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

Which is ~1MP

51. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

you're leaving out the 500 lol

52. g2a5b0e unregistered

~ means approximately.

53. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

i know im just messing with him

44. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Its better to read this while yelling

3. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Could you have done it more confusing? I mean, so instead of ordering them from better to worse you ordered all of them from worse to better, so we have the 1. 10, 2. 9 etc The right way to do that is to order from better to worse and then the better phone appears in the first page!

12. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's called a countdown, dude. Very common. Calm down.

5. Symon_Fleece

Posts: 351; Member since: May 30, 2014

Seems Adreno 430 is better than mali t760, maybe because of the s6's QHD resolution. suprisingly, z1c is in the charts :)

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