Synthetic benchmarks: are they the end-all, be-all of device rankings? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Really, though, even if the dream of a single figure that reliably reflects a model’s performance is an elusive one, a well-executed benchmark can still give us a useful point of comparison, and when we run enough of them, we just might start to close in on some respectable rankings that really do show how one phone’s sheer processing power measures up against another’s. With 2016 now in full swing, AnTuTu’s looking back on all the phones that passed through its database last year, ans has crunched the numbers for an at-a-glance breakdown of the year’s most powerful phones.
Apple’s A9 is looking like the little SoC that could, and even with that minor debacle over dual-sourced components (built on two different fabrication nodes), the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus ran circles around the competition. Even the prior-year iPhone models didn’t fare too badly, with only a handful of 2015 Android flagships pushing past them.
Samsung also looks to have made a smart move by going in-house with its own SoC choice, and the year without a Snapdragon-powered Galaxy flagship gave the company two spots in the top 10. With its own Exynos 7 Octa under the hood, the Meizu Pro 5 similarly benefited from Samsung’s SoC know-how.
Interestingly, despite the same Exynos 7420 within, Samsung’s early-year GS6 and GS6 Edge models didn’t make the list. Is the extra gig of RAM in the later-year flagships to blame?
We also see a new friend leading the pack of Android models, with Huawei’s Mate 8 putting on an impressive showing. Check out our hands-on with the model at CES last week for a closer look at what it has to offer.