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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Staff (translated by Martina Osztovits), 11/18/2014

November 2014 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.

Notebookcheck's Smartphone Charts as of November 2014

#ScoreDate
ModelWeightHeightSizeResolutionOS
191%

10/14

new!

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $489 at Amazon

129 g8.6 mm4.61280x720Android
291%04/14

Samsung Galaxy S5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $592 at Amazon

145 g8.1 mm5.11920x1080Android
390%

10/14

new!

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
Qualcomm Adreno 420
2 GB RAM
from $795 at Amazon
176 g8.5 mm5.72560x1440Android
489%

10/14

new!

Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa
ARM Mali-T628 MP6
2 GB RAM
from $655 at Amazon
115 g6.7 mm4.71280x720Android
589%

09/14

Sony Xperia Z3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
3 GB RAM
from $679 at Amazon
152 g7.3 mm5.21920x1080Android
689%05/14

Sony Xperia Z2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
3 GB RAM
from $660 at Amazon

163 g8.2 mm5.21920x1080Android
789%04/14HTC One M8
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $529 at Amazon
163 g9.4 mm5.01920x1080Android
889%

11/13

Apple iPhone 5S
Apple A7
PowerVR G6430
1 GB RAM
from $684 at Amazon
112 g7.6 mm4.01136x640iOS
988%

10/14

new!

Motorola Moto X 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $500 at Amazon
145 g9.9 mm5.21920x1080Android
1088%02/14

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB RAM
from $438 at Amazon

137 g9.5 mm4.31280x720Android

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

Editors' Comments

Final phase of the year in the smartphone range: After we reviewed the new Apple iPhones at the end of September, many competitors followed in October. Since the two iPhone 6 models did not prove to be the best smartphones in the world, others had to try to take the top spot from the Samsung Galaxy S5, which has already led for a while and had to fend off several attacks in October again. It was mostly successful in it even though the South Koreans now have to share the 1st place with a Japanese smartphone. However, it wasn't the top model from Sony, the Xperia Z3, which took the lead, but its smaller brother, the Xperia Z3 Compact. Thus, a smartphone with a display size of less than 5-inches is leading again after a long time. But Sony was not the only manufacturer attacking the Samsung S5. The top model of the South Koreans also had to compete with the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha phablets produced by themselves. The latter is the first smartphone from Samsung with a metal frame. But, neither of them performed well enough to take the top spot. While the Note 4 won the bronze medal, the Alpha did not end up on the podium. The Motorola Moto X 2 is another highlight of the previous weeks. It is an absolute high-end device pioneering the upcoming Nexus 6 from Google. Its consequently implemented voice control and the possibility to choose from many unusual case materials make the Moto X 2 special. In contrast, its "smaller" brother, the Moto G 2, wants to be a bargain and it has good preconditions for this. The Lumia 830 is the last smartphone with the logo of the formerly biggest mobile-phone seller. In the future, the Nokia logo will have to give way to the Microsoft logo. At least the author feels a little bit sentimental about this. The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is also worth mentioning. The Chinese phablet convinced with a great case and high performance and is a serious competitor to the top dogs. Who else has been present recently? Asus with the two Zenfones in five and six-inch sizes. In addition, we reviewed the Samsung Galaxy Ace 4, an entry-level device with LTE and the LG L Bello, another entry-level device.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

1st

 

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. Almost 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.

Editor's Choice Award

So far, there has not been serious competition for the predecessor of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact among smartphones with 5-inches or smaller. The current compact flagship also is unrivaled, because the Japanese improved many aspects even further. The performance is definitely high-end and materials and build quality are excellent, too. The water-protected case is indeed a pro and so is the integration of the PlayStation. Unique battery life and good cameras top off the great bundle.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy S5

2nd

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 is able to maintain the first place in our smartphone top list for the fifth month. 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.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

3rd

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 start to throttle soon under load. Overall, the Note 4 is unrivaled in the phablet range, since cameras and battery life are excellent, too.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung Galaxy Alpha

4th

 

The second 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.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 


Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z3

5th

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.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Sony Xperia Z2
Sony Xperia Z2

6th

Despite the fact that the successor is already available, the Sony Xperia Z2 still manages a spot in our Top 10. The reason: It does many things as good as the Xperia Z3 and even gets the same weighted score. However, it falls just short of its successor without the weighting. Still, this does not change the good overall impression of the Z2. It is still one of the thinnest smartphones on the market and protected against dust at the same time. A drop into the bath tub is no problem for the smartphone, which is mainly made of glass, either. The display is not one of the best, but it is still convincing. Similar to the Z3, the Z2 offers a great software package.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

HTC One M8
HTC One M8

7th

The HTC One M8 is ahead of the competition in terms of materials and build quality. The top version from the Taiwanese manufacturer also uses very powerful components. We therefore don't understand why the manufacturer has to cheat in familiar benchmarks and increases the clock of the SoC, which is very fast in general, to improve the results. The One M8 is one of the best smartphones, even without the cheating. The speakers are in a league of their own and the same applies for the cameras. The very good review result is completed by the high voice and signal quality, a more than decent display and innovative features like the dual camera.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Apple iPhone 5S
Apple iPhone 5S

8th

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.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Motorola Moto X 2
Motorola Moto X 2

9th

The Motorola Moto X 2 is a smartphone for individualists. It is unique in this industry that the case can be configured individually. The Moto Maker allows choosing materials like leather or even genuine wood. But, the Moto X from 2014 also offers much more including the currently fastest SoC from Qualcomm and many features. The Lenovo subsidiary also stands out from the competition with its voice control, which was implemented by Motorola without compromises. It is really fun to "talk" to the smartphone. The cameras are also great, but the great AMOLED display should be a little bit brighter. A microSD slot would also be a great feature for the high-end device, especially for the 16 GB model.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

10th

Another smartphone from Sony in our Top 10. Until recently, the Xperia Z1 Compact had been the flagship amongst the "mini" smartphones, but the successor is now leading our charts. Sony was the first manufacturer to offer a smaller version of its top device that wasn't just a smaller version with lower specs that was supposed to benefit from the designation of the larger sibling. Quite the contrary: The Japanese used the identical hardware from the old flagship device. Only the display was smaller, and the resolution therefore lower. All in all, the Xperia Z1 Compact is still one of the best – if not the best – smartphones under 5-inches.

» read the review    » buy the smartphone 

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Recent Smartphone Awards

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
Editor's Choice in July 2014: HTC One Mini 2
Editor's Choice in July 2014: HTC One Mini 2
Editor's Choice in June 2014: Sony Xperia Z2
Editor's Choice in June 2014: Sony Xperia Z2
Best Value Award in June 2014: Motorola Moto E
Best Value Award in June 2014: Motorola Moto E
Editor's Choice in May 2014: Samsung Galaxy S5
Editor's Choice in May 2014: Samsung Galaxy S5
Editor's Choice in April 2014: HTC One M8
Editor's Choice in April 2014: HTC One M8
Best Value Award in April 2014: Huawei Ascend Y530
Best Value Award in April 2014: Huawei Ascend Y530
Editor's Choice in February 2014: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Editor's Choice in February 2014: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Editor's Choice in January 2014: Nokia Lumia 1520
Editor's Choice in January 2014: Nokia Lumia 1520
Editor's Choice in December 2013: Asus New Padfone
Editor's Choice in December 2013: Asus New Padfone
Best Value Award in December 2013: Motorola Moto G
Best Value Award in December 2013: Motorola Moto G
Editor's Choice in November 2013: Google Nexus 5
Editor's Choice in November 2013: Google Nexus 5
Best Value Award in November 2013: Google Nexus 5
Best Value Award in November 2013: Google Nexus 5
Best Value Award in August 2013: Google Nexus 4
Best Value Award in August 2013: Google Nexus 4
 
 
 

Size Comparison

Measurement Results

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Samsung Galaxy S5
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Sony Xperia Z3
Sony Xperia Z2
HTC One M8
Motorola Moto X 2014
Apple iPhone 5S
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
Screen
Brightness Center513358335334702460474259579570
Black Level *0.410.00.00.720.70.540.00.80.44
Contrast12519756578787241295
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *8.545.281.772.578.924.435.866.522.765.13
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *9.884.652.061.879.594.215.23.052.552.33
Gamma *3.032.482.412.432.752.792.292.312.433.28
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)99
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *39.737.740.337.443.341.139.242.039.539.8
Maximum Bottom *39.936.639.038.439.7383940.237.639.3
Idle Upper Side *3227.328.630.933.23233.929.231.230.7
Idle Bottom *30.326.827.730.430.329.530.328.327.828.3
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle26141695166813571203995863107813202440
Load173253323192132178102165170208
WiFi13266137444286726234536176001144
H.2641478556701656682598385604
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *0.40.30.60.40.50.70.30.90.61.1
Idle Average *0.90.51.10.91.41.61.41.10.81.6
Idle Maximum *1.11.11.41.31.82.21.61.21.61.9
Load Average *3.63.14.32.35.23.43.92.72.33.5
Load Maximum *56.29.42.66.15.15.73.93.84.1

* ... smaller is better

Benchmarks

Smartbench 2012 - Productivity Index (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
9879 points ∼95%
Samsung Galaxy S5
9054 points ∼87%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
9732 points ∼94%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
5777 points ∼56%
Sony Xperia Z2
7250 points ∼70%
HTC One M8
5021 points ∼48%
Motorola Moto X 2014
8386 points ∼81%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
9039 points ∼87%
Linpack Android / IOS
Single Thread (sort by value)
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%
Sony Xperia Z2
261 MFLOPS ∼26%
HTC One M8
337.474 MFLOPS ∼33%
Motorola Moto X 2014
388.117 MFLOPS ∼38%
Apple iPhone 5S
518.44 MFLOPS ∼51%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
386.329 MFLOPS ∼38%
Multi Thread (sort by value)
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%
Sony Xperia Z2
570 MFLOPS ∼23%
HTC One M8
575.654 MFLOPS ∼24%
Motorola Moto X 2014
952.919 MFLOPS ∼39%
Apple iPhone 5S
931.38 MFLOPS ∼38%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
839.432 MFLOPS ∼35%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S5
3965 Points ∼28%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
4469 Points ∼31%
Sony Xperia Z2
3717 Points ∼26%
Motorola Moto X 2014
4066 Points ∼28%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
4088 Points ∼29%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
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%
Sony Xperia Z2
919 Points ∼20%
HTC One M8
957 Points ∼21%
Motorola Moto X 2014
1003 Points ∼22%
Apple iPhone 5S
1368 Points ∼29%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
924 Points ∼20%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
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%
Sony Xperia Z2
2619 Points ∼16%
HTC One M8
2785 Points ∼17%
Motorola Moto X 2014
3005 Points ∼19%
Apple iPhone 5S
2449 Points ∼15%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
2869 Points ∼18%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
System (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
3301 Points ∼40%
Samsung Galaxy S5
4158 Points ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
5857 Points ∼70%
Sony Xperia Z3
4126 Points ∼49%
HTC One M8
4433 Points ∼53%
Motorola Moto X 2014
4499 Points ∼54%
Apple iPhone 5S
5339 Points ∼64%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
3464 Points ∼41%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
18438 Points ∼25%
Samsung Galaxy S5
17472 Points ∼24%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
20164 Points ∼28%
Sony Xperia Z3
18920 Points ∼26%
HTC One M8
17999 Points ∼25%
Motorola Moto X 2014
18688 Points ∼26%
Apple iPhone 5S
35778 Points ∼49%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
17739 Points ∼24%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
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%
HTC One M8
17200 Points ∼24%
Motorola Moto X 2014
28853 Points ∼40%
Apple iPhone 5S
21616 Points ∼30%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
8399 Points ∼12%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
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%
HTC One M8
4438 Points ∼59%
Motorola Moto X 2014
4484 Points ∼60%
Apple iPhone 5S
4905 Points ∼65%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
4275 Points ∼57%
Quadrant Standard Edition 2.0 - --- (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
21050 points ∼88%
Samsung Galaxy S5
23083 points ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
22601 points ∼94%
Sony Xperia Z2
13839 points ∼58%
HTC One M8
24045 points ∼100%
Basemark X 1.1 - Medium Quality (sort by value)
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%
Sony Xperia Z2
25166 Points ∼61%
HTC One M8
17913 Points ∼43%
Motorola Moto X 2014
25206 Points ∼61%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
1920x1080 T-Rex HD Offscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
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%
Sony Xperia Z2
27.3 fps ∼3%
HTC One M8
28.1 fps ∼3%
Motorola Moto X 2014
27.2 fps ∼3%
Apple iPhone 5S
25 fps ∼3%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
23 fps ∼3%
T-Rex HD Onscreen C24Z16 (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
41.1 fps ∼63%
Samsung Galaxy S5
27.8 fps ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
27.7 fps ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
48.4 fps ∼74%
Sony Xperia Z3
29.4 fps ∼45%
Sony Xperia Z2
29.1 fps ∼45%
HTC One M8
30.2 fps ∼46%
Motorola Moto X 2014
29.3 fps ∼45%
Apple iPhone 5S
37 fps ∼57%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
35 fps ∼54%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
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%
Sony Xperia Z2
855 Points ∼14%
HTC One M8
1164 Points ∼19%
Motorola Moto X 2014 (Chrome 37)
881 Points ∼14%
Apple iPhone 5S
1775 Points ∼29%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
809 Points ∼13%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
5294 Points ∼14%
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 ∼15%
Sony Xperia Z3
5339 Points ∼14%
Sony Xperia Z2
4414 Points ∼12%
HTC One M8
3131 Points ∼8%
Motorola Moto X 2014 (Chrome 37)
5403 Points ∼14%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
4114 Points ∼11%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
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%
Sony Xperia Z2
7739.2 ms * ∼13%
HTC One M8
8990.4 ms * ∼15%
Motorola Moto X 2014 (Chrome 37)
6243.3 ms * ∼10%
Apple iPhone 5S
5995.9 ms * ∼10%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
7876.1 ms * ∼13%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
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%
Sony Xperia Z2
951.1 ms * ∼24%
HTC One M8
594.2 ms * ∼15%
Motorola Moto X 2014 (Chrome 37)
777.3 ms * ∼19%
Apple iPhone 5S
413.1 ms * ∼10%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
893.7 ms * ∼22%
AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
133 MB/s ∼48%
Samsung Galaxy S5
83.53 MB/s ∼30%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
178.77 MB/s ∼64%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
134.85 MB/s ∼48%
Sony Xperia Z3
149 MB/s ∼53%
Sony Xperia Z2
62.09 MB/s ∼22%
HTC One M8
88.41 MB/s ∼32%
Motorola Moto X 2014
140.73 MB/s ∼50%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
66.47 MB/s ∼24%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
17.5 MB/s ∼23%
Samsung Galaxy S5
19.05 MB/s ∼25%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
38.91 MB/s ∼52%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
24.6 MB/s ∼33%
Sony Xperia Z3
18 MB/s ∼24%
Sony Xperia Z2
18.03 MB/s ∼24%
HTC One M8
19.51 MB/s ∼26%
Motorola Moto X 2014
27.42 MB/s ∼36%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
20.02 MB/s ∼27%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
14.7 MB/s ∼41%
Samsung Galaxy S5
8.5 MB/s ∼23%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
19.87 MB/s ∼55%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
11.96 MB/s ∼33%
Sony Xperia Z3
15 MB/s ∼41%
Sony Xperia Z2
10.98 MB/s ∼30%
HTC One M8
10.53 MB/s ∼29%
Motorola Moto X 2014
13.49 MB/s ∼37%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
13.85 MB/s ∼38%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
1.6 MB/s ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy S5
1 MB/s ∼7%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
3.14 MB/s ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
1.91 MB/s ∼13%
Sony Xperia Z3
2 MB/s ∼14%
Sony Xperia Z2
1.42 MB/s ∼10%
HTC One M8
0.88 MB/s ∼6%
Motorola Moto X 2014
2.43 MB/s ∼17%
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
1.68 MB/s ∼12%

Legend

 
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
 
Sony Xperia Z2 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
HTC One M8 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AB, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Motorola Moto X 2014 Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPhone 5S Apple A7, PowerVR G6430, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z1 Compact Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB eMMC Flash

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