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The top-performing Android phones: Benchmark blitz

Ginny Mies | Aug. 21, 2012
These days Android phones seem to be in an arms race when it comes to performance, with claims of faster processors, better graphics engines, and more cores. We put a few of the hottest Android phones available today through our rigorous suite of benchmark tests to see which ones live up to the performance hype.

As you can see in the results charts below, the quad-core LG Optimus 4X HD smoked the competition on both AndEBench tests as well as on Geekbench. Interestingly, the Galaxy S III and the HTC EVO 4G LTE dominated in the PCWorld Page Load Tests, with the HTC EVO 4G LTE posting the fastest time at 6.5 seconds. The Galaxy Nexus recorded the fastest time on the Sunspider JavaScript Benchmark at 1.52 seconds; the HTC EVO 4G LTE finished closely behind it at 1.58 seconds. As for graphics performance, the LG Optimus 4X HD ruled the GLBenchmark Egypt Offscreen test. However, in the GLBenchmark Pro test, the Galaxy S III achieved the highest number of frames per second, with the HTC EVO coming in second.

Quad-core phones are scarce in the United States, but were hoping to see more toward the end of this year. Were also anxious for Qualcomms quad-core S4 Pro chip to ship in smarpthones. The chipset, which is currently available only in a developer tablet, performed quite well in our benchmarks.

It is important to keep in mind that benchmarks dont necessarily make or break a phone. Testing with real-world use scenarios, such as running multiple apps, transferring files, playing games, or watching video, is also important when you're judging a smartphones overall performance.

 

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