Antutu has released its “Best Performance Smartphones” list, which is compiled every quarter based on data from those who use its popular benchmarking app, and its latest Q3 2014 list has a very surprising entry right at the top. Two of Samsung’s latest smartphones, the Galaxy Note 4 and the Galaxy Alpha, are listed in the top 3 – but there’s a relatively unknown device sitting right at the top: the Meizu MX4.
Antutu’s benchmarking app is one of the most-used around, as it provides a platform and a means for users to compare the performance of each smartphone. Of course, some would argue that benchmarks never tell the full story, but it is a means of providing an idea of how good a smartphone is. Antutu collects the device data from each benchmark, and collates the scores into a quarterly report on which was the top performing smartphone based on their user-submitted benchmark scores.
In Q3 of this year, the top 10 performing smartphones is a wish list of the best Android smartphones released this year. From the HTC One M8 (6th) released this year to Sony’s recent Xperia Z3 (8th), there are also a very apparent influx of Chinese smartphone brands, such as the OnePlus One (4th), Oppo Find 7 (7th), the Huawei Mate 7 (9th) and the Xiaomi Mi 4 (10th). Samsung’s excellent Galaxy Note 4 and sleek Galaxy Alpha ranked second and third, respectively.
What will really surprise many is the top performing smartphone of the past quarter. Meizu is yet another Chinese smartphone brand that has been focusing on its home market for some time, and its current flagship, the MX4, was ranked first from Antutu’s benchmark app, with a score that almost pushes past the 49000 mark.
Announced back in September this year, the Meizu MX4 is a TD-LTE smartphone for the Chinese market. It’s powered by MediaTek’s extremely powerful MT6595 octa-core chipset, comprising of four 2.2GHz Cortex-A17 cores and four 1.7GHz Cortex-A7. Other hardware highlights include a 5.36-inch 1920 x 1152 IPS display made by JDI, 2GB RAM, up to 64GB storage, and a 3100mAh battery. There’s even a massive 20.7MP rear camera paired with dual-tone LED flash, while the front shooter is a 2MP unit. The MX4 runs on Android 4.4.4 with Meizu’s own Flyme 4.0 ROM.
By the way, it looks like Meizu is looking to expand its business in Malaysia soon, and its weapon of choice will be the MX4.
Antutu has plenty more data collected from users testing their smartphones using the app, including the most popular smartphone from countries like the USA (Samsung Galaxy S5), China (Xiaomi Mi 3), and many others. You can check out more detailed tables in its blog post here, or hit the source link for more on the top performing smartphones in Q3 2014.