Benchmarks can be tricky things to read; when you attempt to boil-down all aspects of a smartphone’s performance to a single number, it becomes difficult to see just how two similarly-ranked devices differ. One thing that can help is by tailoring the makeup of the benchmark figure to evaluate a specific subset of device capabilities; that way, you know that what’s being factored-in to that final score is relevant to your interests. If you’re a big Android gaming fan, you might want to be on the lookout next year for the arrival of 3DMark, which will attempt to generate gaming-specific benchmarks for Android devices.
Futuremark says that 3DMark for Android will focus on raw CPU power, rendering performance, and simulation with a physics engine all factors heavily weighing upon high-end gaming performance. Results from the testing should be compatible with the company’s Windows 8 3DMark product.
Granted, there’s a lot more to what makes a smartphone great than just hardware performance, but benchmarks, when they’re accurate, definitely can give users a good starting-off point when deciding which phones they should be comparing.