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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Staff (translated by Martina Osztovits), 05/06/2015

May 2015 update. Here you'll find the latest smartphones reviewed by Notebookcheck. Our Top 10 list is regularly updated, maintained and commented on by our editors. This page is intended to help our readers decide which product to purchase.

For the original German article, see here.

Smartphones destroy everything else in terms of sales in the mobile-phone market. These incredibly versatile devices outstripped normal cell phones ages ago. With even stronger processors and growing display sizes, so-called "phablets" are encroaching on tablet territory. The line between these devices is growing increasingly blurry - at least at the peak of the market. These smartphone-tablet crossbreeds have taken many of the top spots in our smartphone Top 10 list. As a result, most of the top models in our list are occupied by very recently released devices. Still, here and there a brave old soldier has clung on to the top of the ladder.

Top Smartphones Charts as of May 2015

#ScoreDateModelWeightDepthSizeResolutionOS
191%

05/15

new!

 

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
ARM Mali-T760 MP8
3 GB RAM
from $989 at Amazon
132 g7.0 mm5.12560x1440Android
291%

05/15

new!

Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
ARM Mali-T760 MP8
3 GB RAM
from $719 at Amazon
138 g6.8 mm5.12560x1440Android
391%10/14Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $489 at Amazon
129 g8.6 mm4.61280x720Android
491%04/14
Samsung Galaxy S5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $592 at Amazon
145 g8.1 mm5.11920x1080Android
590%10/14Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Qualcomm Adreno 420
2 GB RAM
from $795 at Amazon
176 g8.5 mm5.72560x1440Android
689%10/14Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa
ARM Mali-T628 MP6
2 GB RAM
from $655 at Amazon
115 g6.7 mm4.71280x720Android
789%09/14Sony Xperia Z3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
3 GB RAM
from $679 at Amazon
152 g7.3 mm5.21920x1080Android
889%11/13Apple iPhone 5S
Apple A7
PowerVR G6430
1 GB RAM
from $684 at Amazon
112 g7.6 mm4.01136x640iOS
988%05/15

new!
Samsung Galaxy A7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
Qualcomm Adreno 405
2 GB RAM
from $440 at Amazon
141 g6.3 mm5.51920x1080Android
1088%04/15HTC One M9
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Qualcomm Adreno 430
3 GB RAM
from $649 at Amazon
157 g9.6 mm5.01920x1080Android

Top 10 smartphones from the last 12 months - current reviews are listed first

Editors' Comments

Rollercoaster in our smartphone ranking! The Top 10 was pretty shaken up in the last couple of weeks. One big reason are the two new flagship phones from Samsung: S6 and S6 Edge, which fought pretty hard about the smartphone crone. "Soft" factors finally decided the battle: The S6 Edge is just the better looking device, and the runtimes are slightly longer. The other numerous review units fall behind a bit with this showdown. Only the Galaxy A7 managed to enter our Top 10 – obviously another device from Samsung, so the month of April was a big success for the South Korean manufacturer.

1st

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

The first Samsung flagship with two rounded display edges can immediately secure the first place in our ranking. There are no small issues or other problems that are unfortunately common for many new devices that could affect the overall impression of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Quite the contrary: The performance of the Edge is terrific. The performance is without compromises, the chassis made of metal and glass has an exemplary build quality. It also looks very noble with the two rounded display edges. The display itself is a highlight, not only because of the two sides. The Super-AMOLED screen can completely convince us with great colors, an extremely high contrast, perfect viewing angles and a very wide color space coverage. You also get an impressive luminance. The probably best smartphone right now is rounded off with very good cameras, very comprehensive features and decent battery runtimes. Still, many Samsung fans will miss the replaceable battery and the microSD slot.

2nd

Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy S6

It is the first time that Samsung launched two flagship devices at the same time. The Samsung galaxy S6 is the successor of the very successful Galaxy S5, but it also has to compete with its sibling with the addition "Edge". The normal S6 at least lost the showdown against its "curved" sibling in our ranking, but only small things decided the fight. Except for the rounded display edges, we can say the same about the S6: The performance is terrific. The hardware is without compromises, the build quality of the chassis with metal and glass is exemplary. The display itself is a highlight. The Super-AMOLED screen can completely convince us with great colors, an extremely high contrast, perfect viewing angles and a very wide color space coverage. You also get an impressive luminance. The almost perfect impression is rounded off with very good cameras, very comprehensive features and decent battery runtimes. Still, many Samsung fans will miss the replaceable battery and the microSD slot.

Discussion

3rd

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

A compact model leading our smartphone charts? It can only stem from Sony, since the Japanese are still the only ones who put high-end hardware into the "small" versions of their top models. The Xperia Z3 Compact is almost throughout convincing. Just the display brightness and the contrast could be slightly higher. The buyer gets a real high-end smartphone with compact size protected against water and dust. In addition, the battery life of the Z3 Compact is excellent. Usually, only ordinary mobile phones deliver such a similarly long battery life. Together with the great cameras and the great integration of the PlayStation world, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact really deserves the top spot.

4th

Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5

Samsung equipped its flagship with everything that is good and expensive: Snapdragon 801 SoC, Full HD Super AMOLED display, USB 3.0, countless wireless technologies and many more. This is also the reason why the Samsung Galaxy S5 could successfully defend its spot in our top list against persistent attacks from competitors for several months. It does not matter if you look at HTC, LG or Apple – only a single manufacturer was able to produce such a powerful and almost perfect device as the South Koreans. Besides the high performance, the S5 can, amongst others, convince us with long battery runtimes, great cameras and an unrivaled list of features. The S5 impressively shows that you can actually make a call with a smartphone. Probably the only thing that is missing for a perfect device is a more sophisticated case.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

5th

Smartphones of the Note series from Samsung are almost legendary; not least because of the eponymous stylus. Samsung has also put excellent components into the Note 4: fast SoC, many features. Only the USB 3.0 port of the predecessor is missing. But, the highlight of the Galaxy Note 4 is its outstanding OLED display with WQHD resolution. The Samsung sets new standards in terms of colors, brightness, viewing-angle stability and black value. The display is simply a dream. The performance cannot completely keep up with this high claim, since the GPU starts to throttle soon under load. Overall, the Note 4 is unrivaled in the phablet range, since cameras and battery life are excellent, too.

 

Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung Galaxy Alpha

6th

The third device from Samsung, the Galaxy Alpha, is also far up in our charts. The author thinks that it looks and feels similar to the Apple iPhone 5S, which is positive. In terms of materials, the Alpha starts a new "era" at Samsung. The South Koreans use more aluminum and less polycarbonate, which previously dominated. The battery cover remained removable - and made from plastic. The Galaxy Alpha has many pros. In particular, the build quality and AMOLED display are outstanding. But the smartphone can also score points with its performance, cameras, and battery life. We did not like that it lacks a microSD slot and the relatively low resolution.

 

7th

Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z3

Sony's Xperia Z3 was launched a couple of months after the Xperia Z2, which was introduced in spring. So is the new flagship more of an Xperia 2.5? Yes and no. The technical foundation is actually pretty similar, only the clock of the Snapdragon 801 was slightly raised for the new top version. There are also small improvements for the case; it is now even better protected against hose water, and the handling benefits from a more rounded design. The back is, unfortunately, still a bit too slippery. The Japanese also improved the display; it is now one of the brightest panels in general. Sony did not change the good cameras and the long battery runtimes. We really liked the numerous optional accessories and the possibility to connect the smartphone with the PlayStation 4. The result is one of the best smartphones on the market, which really earned the "3" in the designation.

 

8th

Apple iPhone 5S
Apple iPhone 5S

5S? This has to be mistake; you can already get the Apple iPhone 6. But this is not the case. The "old" iPhone is actually ahead of its brand-new successor. It benefits from its more compact design and the lower weight, but our review unit also didn't use iOS 8 at the time of writing. The software is still a big problem for the new generation. Apple's iPhone 5S is still an excellent smartphone with great materials and a high build quality. Similar to all Apple devices it will receive iOS updates for at least two more years. Despite its age, the 5S still offers good performance results, has decent cameras, long battery runtimes and a convenient handling.

9th

Samsung Galaxy A7
Samsung Galaxy A7

No other manufacturer can place so many smartphones in our ranking like Samsung. A device from the South Koreans can also secure a spot in the lower part. The Galaxy A7 is no high-end device, but it still offers a lot as the top-model of the current mainstream class. It starts with the very well-built metal chassis, which – contrary to the S6 and S6 Edge – is still equipped with a microSD slot. It continues with the very convenient FHD display with a Super-AMOLED panel. And it does not stop with the very decent performance of the modern oct-core SoC because both the speaker and the battery runtimes are very convincing as well. The cameras are also usable. The average voice quality prevents a better position.

10th

HTC One M9
HTC One M9

HTC follows the same philosophy for its flagship One M9 in the third generation: The aluminum chassis is one of the best on the smartphone market. Contrary to Apple and Samsung, however, HTC does not waive a microSD slot for the inexpensive expansion of the internal storage. The HTC does not really make any mistakes, but it does not offer innovations, either. This means despite the fastest Qualcomm SoC, great features and convincing display, it is just enough for a spot at the end of our ranking. Still, it is without a doubt one of the best smartphones.

Awards: Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge

That there are two "Editor's Choice" awards in one month is already pretty unusual. That they are for the same manufacturer has never happened before. But Samsung launched two very good smartphones with its two new flagships, so we did not really have a choice. Both S6 devices impress with their flawless build quality and the great choice of materials. The Edge is a real visual highlight with its two rounded edges, and it is also slightly lighter. The battle of the performance, the features and the very good cameras ends in a tie on a very high level. A highlight of both S6 siblings is the very high-resolution Super-AMOLED screen with brilliant colors, unmatched contrast and perfect viewing angles. The S6 Edge with its clever side displays once again leaves a slightly better impression. In the end, the Galaxy S6 Edge is just ahead of the standard Galaxy S6. It is basically a matter of taste and the size of your wallet.

Recent Smartphone Awards

Editor's Choice in May 2015: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Editor's Choice in May 2015: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Editor's Choice in May 2015: Samsung Galaxy S6
Editor's Choice in May 2015: Samsung Galaxy S6
Editor's Choice in November 2014: Sony Xperia Z3
Editor's Choice in November 2014: Sony Xperia Z3
Editor's Choice in October 2014: Sony Xperia Z3
Editor's Choice in October 2014: Sony Xperia Z3
Editor's Choice in September 2014: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Editor's Choice in September 2014: Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini
Editor's Choice in August 2014: Nokia Lumia 930
Editor's Choice in August 2014: Nokia Lumia 930
Best Value Award in June 2014: Motorola Moto E
Best Value Award in June 2014: Motorola Moto E
Editor's Choice in April 2014: HTC One M8
Editor's Choice in April 2014: HTC One M8

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Sony Xperia Z3
Apple iPhone 5S
HTC One M9
Samsung Galaxy A7
Screen
Brightness Center343335513358335334702579474338
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *2.22.518.545.281.772.578.922.766.322.28
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *2.372.599.884.652.061.879.592.556.362.24
Gamma *2.412.433.032.482.412.432.752.432.432.47
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)87.779958.81
Black Level *0.410.720.80.4
Contrast12519757241185
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *38.935.639.737.740.337.443.339.538.435.1
Maximum Bottom *37.935.939.936.63938.439.737.636.137
Idle Upper Side *29.329.43227.328.630.933.231.23427.6
Idle Bottom *2828.630.326.827.730.430.327.829.527.3
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle134913002614169516681357120313208051098
Load224278173253323192132170236219
WiFi v1.3534475348565
H.2644171478556701656682421623
WiFi5751326613744428672600573
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *0.50.40.40.30.60.40.50.61.10.4
Idle Average *0.90.60.90.51.10.91.40.821
Idle Maximum *1.31.21.11.11.41.31.81.62.41.4
Load Average *3.853.63.14.32.35.22.37.23.8
Load Maximum *6.86.856.29.42.66.13.87.55.7

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

Smartbench 2012 - Productivity Index (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
13558 points ∼100%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
9879 points ∼73%
Samsung Galaxy S5
9054 points ∼67%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
9732 points ∼72%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
5777 points ∼43%
HTC One M9
5738 points ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy A7
5734 points ∼42%
Linpack Android / IOS
Single Thread (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
625.622 MFLOPS ∼61%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
300 MFLOPS ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy S5
355 MFLOPS ∼35%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
319.975 MFLOPS ∼31%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
388.117 MFLOPS ∼38%
Sony Xperia Z3
375 MFLOPS ∼37%
Apple iPhone 5S
518.44 MFLOPS ∼51%
HTC One M9
578.161 MFLOPS ∼57%
Samsung Galaxy A7
420 MFLOPS ∼41%
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
839.138 MFLOPS ∼35%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
605 MFLOPS ∼25%
Samsung Galaxy S5
678 MFLOPS ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
696.97 MFLOPS ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
491.74 MFLOPS ∼20%
Sony Xperia Z3
700 MFLOPS ∼29%
Apple iPhone 5S
931.38 MFLOPS ∼38%
HTC One M9
685.383 MFLOPS ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy A7
490 MFLOPS ∼20%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
6201 Points ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy S5
3965 Points ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
4469 Points ∼31%
HTC One M9
3997 Points ∼28%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
1329 Points ∼29%
Samsung Galaxy S6
1146 Points ∼25%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
966 Points ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy S5
941 Points ∼20%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
1112 Points ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
951 Points ∼20%
Sony Xperia Z3
979 Points ∼21%
Apple iPhone 5S
1368 Points ∼29%
HTC One M9
1163 Points ∼25%
Samsung Galaxy A7
940 Points ∼20%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
4843 Points ∼30%
Samsung Galaxy S6
5073 Points ∼32%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
2670 Points ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy S5
2885 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
3239 Points ∼20%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
3209 Points ∼20%
Sony Xperia Z3
2708 Points ∼17%
Apple iPhone 5S
2449 Points ∼15%
HTC One M9
3499 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy A7
3202 Points ∼20%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
8438 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
3301 Points ∼39%
Samsung Galaxy S5
4158 Points ∼49%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
5857 Points ∼69%
Sony Xperia Z3
4126 Points ∼49%
Apple iPhone 5S
5339 Points ∼63%
HTC One M9
6599 Points ∼78%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
176225 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
18438 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy S5
17472 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
20164 Points ∼11%
Sony Xperia Z3
18920 Points ∼11%
Apple iPhone 5S
35778 Points ∼20%
HTC One M9
112124 Points ∼64%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
68872 Points ∼95%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
12712 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy S5
16759 Points ∼23%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
34250 Points ∼47%
Sony Xperia Z3
13660 Points ∼19%
Apple iPhone 5S
21616 Points ∼30%
HTC One M9
42249 Points ∼58%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
6924 Points ∼92%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
4263 Points ∼57%
Samsung Galaxy S5
3921 Points ∼52%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
5263 Points ∼70%
Sony Xperia Z3
4179 Points ∼55%
Apple iPhone 5S
4905 Points ∼65%
HTC One M9
6248 Points ∼83%
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 - --- (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
36419 points ∼100%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
21050 points ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy S5
23083 points ∼63%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
22601 points ∼62%
HTC One M9
32890 points ∼90%
Samsung Galaxy A7
23719 points ∼65%
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
38701 Points ∼93%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
24751 Points ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy S5
23999 Points ∼58%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
31806 Points ∼77%
Sony Xperia Z3
24637 Points ∼59%
HTC One M9
27968 Points ∼67%
Samsung Galaxy A7
6444 Points ∼16%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
53 fps ∼6%
Samsung Galaxy S6
46 fps ∼5%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
27.2 fps ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy S5
27.7 fps ∼3%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
42.4 fps ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
31.2 fps ∼3%
Sony Xperia Z3
27.5 fps ∼3%
Apple iPhone 5S
25 fps ∼3%
HTC One M9
49 fps ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy A7
23 fps ∼3%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
32 fps ∼39%
Samsung Galaxy S6
30 fps ∼36%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
41.1 fps ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy S5
27.8 fps ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
27.7 fps ∼33%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
48.4 fps ∼58%
Sony Xperia Z3
29.4 fps ∼35%
Apple iPhone 5S
37 fps ∼45%
HTC One M9
50 fps ∼60%
Samsung Galaxy A7
31 fps ∼37%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Samsung Browser 3.0)
1337 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy S6 (Android 5.0.2)
1292 Points ∼21%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
808 Points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy S5 (29)
712 Points ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Chrome 38)
852 Points ∼14%
Sony Xperia Z3
811 Points ∼13%
Apple iPhone 5S
1775 Points ∼29%
HTC One M9 (Chrome 41)
1043 Points ∼17%
Samsung Galaxy A7
1057 Points ∼17%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Samsung Browser 3.0)
8650 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy S6 (Android 5.0.2)
8518 Points ∼21%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
5294 Points ∼13%
Samsung Galaxy S5 (1.6.28)
3875 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Chrome 38)
5379 Points ∼14%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Android 4.4 KitKat)
5640 Points ∼14%
Sony Xperia Z3
5339 Points ∼13%
HTC One M9 (Chrome 41)
6493 Points ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy A7 (Chrome 41)
6999 Points ∼18%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Samsung Browser 3.0)
4037.4 ms * ∼7%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
6528 ms * ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S5 (1.6.28)
6302 ms * ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Chrome 38)
6127.4 ms * ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Android 4.4 KitKat)
5056 ms * ∼9%
Sony Xperia Z3
6502 ms * ∼11%
Apple iPhone 5S
5995.9 ms * ∼10%
HTC One M9 (Chrome 41)
6508.2 ms * ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy A7 (Chrome 41)
5061 ms * ∼9%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Samsung Browser 3.0)
347.1 ms * ∼9%
Samsung Galaxy S6 (Android 5.0.2)
546 ms * ∼14%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
825.5 ms * ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy S5 (1.6.28)
408.7 ms * ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Chrome 38)
955.6 ms * ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Android 4.4 KitKat)
445.7 ms * ∼11%
Sony Xperia Z3
827.5 ms * ∼21%
Apple iPhone 5S
413.1 ms * ∼10%
HTC One M9 (Chrome 41)
839.7 ms * ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy A7 (Chrome 41)
793 ms * ∼20%
AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
319.25 MB/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S6
319 MB/s ∼100%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
133 MB/s ∼42%
Samsung Galaxy S5
83.53 MB/s ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
178.77 MB/s ∼56%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
134.85 MB/s ∼42%
Sony Xperia Z3
149 MB/s ∼47%
HTC One M9
235.14 MB/s ∼74%
Samsung Galaxy A7
200 MB/s ∼63%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
139.12 MB/s ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy S6
138.9 MB/s ∼87%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
17.5 MB/s ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S5
19.05 MB/s ∼12%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
38.91 MB/s ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
24.6 MB/s ∼15%
Sony Xperia Z3
18 MB/s ∼11%
HTC One M9
123.81 MB/s ∼78%
Samsung Galaxy A7
52 MB/s ∼33%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
77.43 MB/s ∼97%
Samsung Galaxy S6
80 MB/s ∼100%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
14.7 MB/s ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy S5
8.5 MB/s ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
19.87 MB/s ∼25%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
11.96 MB/s ∼15%
Sony Xperia Z3
15 MB/s ∼19%
HTC One M9
20.66 MB/s ∼26%
Samsung Galaxy A7
19 MB/s ∼24%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
19.84 MB/s ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy S6
19.9 MB/s ∼100%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
1.6 MB/s ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy S5
1 MB/s ∼5%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
3.14 MB/s ∼16%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
1.91 MB/s ∼10%
Sony Xperia Z3
2 MB/s ∼10%
HTC One M9
13.91 MB/s ∼70%
Samsung Galaxy A7
3 MB/s ∼15%

Legend

 
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa, ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 32 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy S6 Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa, ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB SSD
 
Samsung Galaxy S5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, Qualcomm Adreno 420, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy Alpha Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa, ARM Mali-T628 MP6, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z3 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Apple iPhone 5S Apple A7, PowerVR G6430, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
HTC One M9 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994, Qualcomm Adreno 430, 32 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy A7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB iNAND Flash

* ... smaller is better

Automated top 10 list


of the last 10 months
1
91% v4
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge First Impressions
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge First Impressions
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa, ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 04/02/2015
2
91% v4
Samsung Galaxy S6 First Impressions
Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Galaxy S6 First Impressions
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa, ARM Mali-T760 MP8, 03/28/2015
3
91% v4
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Smartphone Review
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Smartphone Review
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 10/14/2014
4
90% v4
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) Smartphone Review
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) Smartphone Review
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, Qualcomm Adreno 420, 11/26/2014
5
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Author: Staff, 2015-05- 6 (Update: 2015-05- 6)