AnTuTu is a benchmarking tool that’s likely equal parts popular and controversial. Known to have been faked and duped more than once in the past, the mobile device performance-measuring app is still widely used by consumers, reviewers and sometimes manufacturers eager to prove their babies are the best of the best.
Unfortunately, its latest update, to version 6.0, seems to have again made way for score manipulation or at least erratic and inconsistent results across very similar phones.
The Xiaomi Mi 5, for instance, was reported to yield anywhere between 130,000 and 180K points, the latter crushing the synthetic achievements of other Snapdragon 820 powerhouses with 4GB RAM in tow, including the Samsung Galaxy S7.
An unreleased ZTE handheld going by the model number A2017 apparently overpowers the GS7 and LG G5 as well, totaling more than 140,000 points in prototype form. It’s thus extremely possible this beast, expected to go official as the Axon 2 soon, will challenge the Mi 5’s AnTuTu domination once it’s fully polished and commercially launched.
Meaningless benchmark records aside, it’s nice to see the top-shelf ZTE Axon 2 specs further corroborated by a second credible source. You got your obligatory Snapdragon 820 SoC on deck, 4 generous gigs of memory, 64GB internal storage space, a single 20 MP rear-facing camera, 8 megapixel front shooter, 2,560 x 1,440 (Quad HD) display, and Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow pre-loaded.
It remains to be seen just how large the screen will be (probably, 5.5 inches), and more importantly, whether ZTE can afford to charge a competitive sub-$500 price for this mind-blowing new flagship stateside.