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Notebookcheck's Top 10 Smartphones

Staff (translated by Martina Osztovits), 07/08/2015

July 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 July 2015

Pos.DateRatingModelHeightWeightSizeResolutionOS
104/1591%Samsung Galaxy S6 EdgeSamsung Galaxy S6 Edge
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
ARM Mali-T760 MP8
3 GB Memory, 32 GB UFS 2.0
7.0 mm132 g5.1"2560x1440Android 5.0 Lollipop
204/1591%Samsung Galaxy S6Samsung Galaxy S6
Samsung Exynos 7420 Octa
ARM Mali-T760 MP8
3 GB Memory, 32 GB UFS 2.0
6.8 mm138 g5.1"2560x1440Android 5.0 Lollipop
310/1491%Sony Xperia Z3 CompactSony Xperia Z3 Compact
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
Qualcomm Adreno 330
2 GB Memory, 16 GB eMMC
8.64 mm129 g4.6"1280x720Android 4.4 KitKat
411/1490%Samsung Galaxy Note 4Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084
Qualcomm Adreno 420
3 GB Memory, 32 GB eMMC
8.5 mm176 g5.7"2560x1440Android 4.4 KitKat
506/15
New!
89%LG G4LG G4
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992
Qualcomm Adreno 418
3 GB Memory, 32 GB eMMC
9.8 mm155 g5.5"2560x1440Android 5.1 Lollipop
611/1489%Samsung Galaxy AlphaSamsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung Exynos 5430 Octa
ARM Mali-T628 MP6
2 GB Memory, 32 GB eMMC
6.7 mm115 g4.7"1280x720Android 4.4 KitKat
710/1489%Sony Xperia Z3Sony Xperia Z3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM8974AC
Qualcomm Adreno 330
3 GB Memory, 16 GB eMMC
7.3 mm152 g5.2"1920x1080Android 4.4 KitKat
810/1389%Apple iPhone 5SApple iPhone 5S
Apple A7
PowerVR G6430
1 GB Memory, 16 GB eMMC
7.6 mm112 g4.0"1136x640Apple iOS 7
905/1588%Huawei P8Huawei P8
HiSilicon Kirin 930
ARM Mali-T628 MP4
3 GB Memory, 16 GB eMMC
6.4 mm147 g5.2"1920x1080Android 5.0 Lollipop
1004/1588%Samsung Galaxy A7Samsung Galaxy A7
Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
Qualcomm Adreno 405
2 GB Memory, 16 GB eMMC
6.3 mm141 g5.5"1920x1080Android 4.4 KitKat

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

Editors' Comments

We reviewed eight smartphones in the previous month, but only one made it into our Top 10. The LG G4 was convincing and brings optical as well as technical accents. With the Sony Xperia Z3+, we are currently reviewing another contender, but it is rather questionable if it will appear in our top list at the moment. In particular, the heat development of the Snapdragon 810 appears to be an unsolvable problem for the bolide. Sony promised improvements in form of updates. We'll see, what they'll bring.

It would not be fair to put the blame only on the SoC, since HTC solved these problems in the One M9 at launch time. Unfortunately, we hat to remove the latter from our Top 10 this month. The upcoming OnePlus Two will also use the brisk dragon. But, it will be a new revision, which is suggested to remain significantly cooler. We'll check soon, whether this will actually come true.

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.

Buy Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge for $752

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.

If you want to save some money, you can still safely choose the predecessor: The Samsung Galaxy S5 still uses a polycarbonate case, but its battery is replaceable and memory can be expanded.

Buy Samsung Galaxy S6 for $547

3rd

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

Although the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact lost the lead, it is still one of the best compact model on the market. In contrast to the competition, the Japanese do not scale down the smaller sibling of the Z3 flagship. The result: a genuine high-end smartphone in a compact case. 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 low-power mobile phones deliver such long runtimes. Together with the great cameras and the great integration of the PlayStation world, the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact really deserves a place in our charts.

Buy Sony Xperia Z3 Compact for $390

Discussion
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

4th

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.

Buy Samsung Galaxy Note 4 for $540

5th

LG G4
LG G4

With the LG G4, the Korean company made a big step forward again. The design appears to be very high quality and the optional leather backside is also pleasing. In addition, the QHD display brings an excellent contrast and dims only rarely and not that much as previously when the devices gets too hot. The camera belongs to the best ones currently available in smartphones and the connectivity also leaves no wish unfulfilled.

Unfortunately the UI does still not run completely smoothly despite frugal Android 5.1 Lollipop. In addition, the voice quality is not good enough for a high-end bolide. But, LG kept the pros, which Samsung lacked lately. The battery is still replaceable and the storage capacity can be increased without problems with a MicroSD card. So, you'll get an excellent bundle.

Buy LG G4 for $560

Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Samsung Galaxy Alpha

6th

The next 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.

Buy Samsung Galaxy Alpha for $290

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.

Buy Sony Xperia Z3 for $464

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.

Buy Apple iPhone 5s for $515

9th

Huawei P8
Huawei P8

The Huawei brands stands mostly for mid-range devices with a great price performance ratio. The latter is also true for their current flagship. However, the Huawei P8 has grown out of the mid-range class by far. In almost all aspects, the Huawei P8 is convincing and can awe the competition. In case, the Huawei follows the trend to metal and glass. So, the P8 feels very high-end to the touch, its weight is low, and so is the height. Although, the performance is not high-end, it is still impressive. And so are the shots of the excellent camera modules. However, Huawei should improve the connectivity. With faster WLAN and modern LTE standard, it would have reached an even better ranking.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00W1KSH02?tag=notebookche0f-20Buy Huawei P8 for $529

10th

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.

Buy Samsung Galaxy A7 Duos for $399

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 Note 4
LG G4
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
Sony Xperia Z3
Apple iPhone 5S
Huawei P8
Samsung Galaxy A7
Screen
Brightness Center343335513335566334702579453338
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *2.22.518.541.776.172.578.922.764.72.28
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *2.372.599.882.066.261.879.592.555.032.24
Gamma *2.412.433.032.412.482.432.752.432.272.47
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)87.779965.4872.04
Black Level *0.410.470.720.80.28
Contrast125112049757241618
Heat
Maximum Upper Side *38.935.639.740.343.837.443.339.535.735.1
Maximum Bottom *37.935.939.93944.338.439.737.631.337
Idle Upper Side *29.329.43228.636.230.933.231.233.227.6
Idle Bottom *2828.630.327.730.530.430.327.827.627.3
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle134913002614166816541357120313208261098
Load224278173323114192132170215219
WiFi v1.3534475326434565
H.2644171478701501656682581623
WiFi5751326744428672600
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *0.50.40.40.61.10.40.50.60.70.4
Idle Average *0.90.60.91.11.50.91.40.821
Idle Maximum *1.31.21.11.41.91.31.81.62.11.4
Load Average *3.853.64.36.62.35.22.34.93.8
Load Maximum *6.86.859.48.82.66.13.87.45.7

* ... 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 Note 4
9732 points ∼72%
LG G4
8940 points ∼66%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
5777 points ∼43%
Huawei P8
5433 points ∼40%
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 Note 4
319.975 MFLOPS ∼31%
LG G4
361.351 MFLOPS ∼35%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
388.117 MFLOPS ∼38%
Sony Xperia Z3
375 MFLOPS ∼37%
Apple iPhone 5S
518.44 MFLOPS ∼51%
Huawei P8
122.028 MFLOPS ∼12%
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 Note 4
696.97 MFLOPS ∼29%
LG G4
506.507 MFLOPS ∼21%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
491.74 MFLOPS ∼20%
Sony Xperia Z3
700 MFLOPS ∼29%
Apple iPhone 5S
931.38 MFLOPS ∼38%
Huawei P8
272.482 MFLOPS ∼11%
Samsung Galaxy A7
490 MFLOPS ∼20%
Geekbench 2 - 32 Bit - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
6201 Points ∼43%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
4469 Points ∼31%
LG G4
3773 Points ∼26%
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 Note 4
1112 Points ∼24%
LG G4
1022 Points ∼22%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
951 Points ∼20%
Sony Xperia Z3
979 Points ∼21%
Apple iPhone 5S
1368 Points ∼29%
Huawei P8
698 Points ∼15%
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 Note 4
3239 Points ∼20%
LG G4
2952 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
3209 Points ∼20%
Sony Xperia Z3
2708 Points ∼17%
Apple iPhone 5S
2449 Points ∼15%
Huawei P8
2955 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy A7
3202 Points ∼20%
PassMark PerformanceTest Mobile V1
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
8438 Points ∼95%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
3301 Points ∼37%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
5857 Points ∼66%
LG G4
7695 Points ∼87%
Sony Xperia Z3
4126 Points ∼47%
Apple iPhone 5S
5339 Points ∼60%
Huawei P8
5470 Points ∼62%
CPU Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
176225 Points ∼100%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
18438 Points ∼10%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
20164 Points ∼11%
LG G4
103512 Points ∼59%
Sony Xperia Z3
18920 Points ∼11%
Apple iPhone 5S
35778 Points ∼20%
Huawei P8
125047 Points ∼71%
Disk Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
68872 Points ∼95%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
12712 Points ∼18%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
34250 Points ∼47%
LG G4
67837 Points ∼94%
Sony Xperia Z3
13660 Points ∼19%
Apple iPhone 5S
21616 Points ∼30%
Huawei P8
48670 Points ∼67%
Memory Tests (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge
6924 Points ∼92%
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
4263 Points ∼57%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4
5263 Points ∼70%
LG G4
6223 Points ∼83%
Sony Xperia Z3
4179 Points ∼55%
Apple iPhone 5S
4905 Points ∼65%
Huawei P8
5442 Points ∼72%
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 Note 4
31806 Points ∼77%
Sony Xperia Z3
24637 Points ∼59%
Huawei P8
20164 Points ∼49%
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 Note 4
42.4 fps ∼5%
LG G4
33.7 fps ∼4%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
31.2 fps ∼3%
Sony Xperia Z3
27.5 fps ∼3%
Apple iPhone 5S
25 fps ∼3%
Huawei P8
10 fps ∼1%
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 Note 4
27.7 fps ∼33%
LG G4
24.9 fps ∼30%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
48.4 fps ∼58%
Sony Xperia Z3
29.4 fps ∼35%
Apple iPhone 5S
37 fps ∼45%
Huawei P8
11 fps ∼13%
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 Note 4 (Chrome 38)
852 Points ∼14%
LG G4 (Chrome 39)
1659 Points ∼27%
Sony Xperia Z3
811 Points ∼13%
Apple iPhone 5S
1775 Points ∼29%
Huawei P8 (Android 5.0 Lollipop Stock-Browser)
1035 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 Note 4 (Chrome 38)
5379 Points ∼14%
LG G4 (Android 5.0 Lollipop Stock-Browser)
7832 (min: 6791) Points ∼20%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Android 4.4 KitKat)
5640 Points ∼14%
Sony Xperia Z3
5339 Points ∼13%
Huawei P8 (Android 5.0)
4084 Points ∼10%
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 Note 4 (Chrome 38)
6127.4 ms * ∼10%
LG G4 (Android 5.0 Lollipop Stock-Browser)
4770.8 ms * ∼8%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Android 4.4 KitKat)
5056 ms * ∼9%
Sony Xperia Z3
6502 ms * ∼11%
Apple iPhone 5S
5995.9 ms * ∼10%
Huawei P8 (Android 5.0 Lollipop Stock-Browser)
11807.9 ms * ∼20%
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 Note 4 (Chrome 38)
955.6 ms * ∼24%
LG G4 (Chrome 39)
719 ms * ∼18%
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%
Huawei P8
1163.6 ms * ∼29%
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 Note 4
178.77 MB/s ∼56%
LG G4
251 MB/s ∼79%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
134.85 MB/s ∼42%
Sony Xperia Z3
149 MB/s ∼47%
Huawei P8
139.95 MB/s ∼44%
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 Note 4
38.91 MB/s ∼24%
LG G4
153 MB/s ∼96%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
24.6 MB/s ∼15%
Sony Xperia Z3
18 MB/s ∼11%
Huawei P8
39.58 MB/s ∼25%
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 Note 4
19.87 MB/s ∼25%
LG G4
31.5 MB/s ∼39%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
11.96 MB/s ∼15%
Sony Xperia Z3
15 MB/s ∼19%
Huawei P8
22.46 MB/s ∼28%
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 Note 4
3.14 MB/s ∼16%
LG G4
15 MB/s ∼75%
Samsung Galaxy Alpha
1.91 MB/s ∼10%
Sony Xperia Z3
2 MB/s ∼10%
Huawei P8
10.04 MB/s ∼50%
Samsung Galaxy A7
3 MB/s ∼15%
PCMark for Android - Work performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Android 5.0.2)
5050 Points ∼86%
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Android 4.4.4 KitKat)
3914 Points ∼67%
LG G4 (Android 5.1 Lillipop)
4579 Points ∼78%
Huawei P8 (Android 5.0 Lollipop + EMUI 3.1)
4479 Points ∼77%
Samsung Galaxy A7
3959 Points ∼68%

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 UFS 2.0 Flash
 
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact 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
 
LG G4 Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992, Qualcomm Adreno 418, 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 eMMC Flash
 
Apple iPhone 5S Apple A7, PowerVR G6430, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Huawei P8 HiSilicon Kirin 930, ARM Mali-T628 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy A7 Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939, Qualcomm Adreno 405, 16 GB eMMC 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
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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact
Sony Xperia Z3 Compact Smartphone Review
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4
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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (SM-N910F) Smartphone Review
Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 APQ8084, Qualcomm Adreno 420, 11/26/2014
5
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LG G4
LG G4 First Impressions
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992, Qualcomm Adreno 418, 05/26/2015
6
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7
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8
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9
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10
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HTC One M9 First Impressions
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Author: Staff, 2015-07- 8 (Update: 2015-07- 8)