Amongst different platforms and hundreds of devices, which smartphone truly delivers the best performance this year?
What do you look for in a premium smartphone? To put it very simply, the answer is performance. If you’re going to spend 40k+ on a smartphone, you want it to compromise on nothing. You want it to run every game like no other, and have a camera that can make all your photos look good. A premium phone is the absolute high end in the market and let’s see which device wins our performance crown.
Zero1 Winner: Apple iPhone 6S Plus
The iPhone 6S Plus may not be a major upgrade over its predecessor, but it won this battle fair and square. The phone has a top of the line camera that edges out the Galaxy Note 5 by just a little bit. Apple’s camera is better for the fact that it can create more true-to-source images. The camera isn’t the only reason for the iPhone’s victory this year, though. The A9 processor beats every other Android device in terms of performance. As close as the next best device in this category is, when you take graphics into account, Apple is still miles ahead. In fact, the Cupertino based technology giant’s vertical integration between hardware and software is what won it the title this year.
On a pure graphics test, like the GFX Bench Manhattan test, the iPhone 6S Plus scores over 2300, while the nearest competitor lies at less than 1000. Similar results are seen on the 3D Mark Unlimited test, which is a more system centric graphics test. In addition, despite its dual-core processor, the iPhone 6S Plus is right up there when it comes to single and multi-core performance as well. Simply put, the iPhone 6S Plus is the best performing smartphone of 2015.
Second place: Samsung Galaxy Note 5
The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 lost out on the top prize by just a bit this year. Yet, the phone helped Samsung record a profit growth for the first time in four quarters, and there’s a reason for that. Second only to the iPhone 6S Plus, the Galaxy Note 5 is arguably the best Android phablet that you can buy today. It has a top class 5.7 inch SAMOLED QHD display and runs on Samsung’s own Exynos 7 Octa processor.
Amongst all the processor that ran on Android phones this year, the Exynos was by far the best. It churns out as much performance as possible and while it is behind the iPhone in graphics performance, the single and multi-core tests are comparable to say the least. In fact, the competition is so close that you can actually choose based on the OS here. Samsung has done a good job, and the only real difference maker is Apple’s vertical integration.
If you’re looking for the best performing Android phone to buy, then the Galaxy Note 5 is the one you need to go for. It scores a whopping 69326 on the AnTuTu benchmark, while Geekbench 3’s single and multi-core tests come out at 1398 and 4457 respectively. On the GFX Bench Manhattan test, the phone scores 931, which is best amongst Android devices today.
Best Buy: Huawei Nexus 6P
Android Marshmallow combined with top of the line performance makes the Nexus 6P the best premium smartphone to buy right now. In fact, it is perhaps the first truly premium Nexus phone, combining a metal build with a really good camera and the newest generation of the Snapdragon 810 processor from Qualcomm.
It comes with 32GB of internal storage, along with a 13MP rear camera, 3GB of RAM and a 5.7 inch QHD display. Amongst Android smartphones, it’s second only to the Galaxy Note 5.