Antutu has revealed the top 10 best performing smartphones for May 2016; at least according to records collected from its own benchmarking software. Interestingly, the top three are phones not usually associated with impressive performance.
Leading the list is the Vivo Xplay 5 Elite with a score of 138,706, while the LeEco Max 2 took second spot with 138,026. Lenovo’s ZUK Z2 Pro rounds out the top three with an average score of 136,853.
There is a notable trend among at the top of Antutu’s rankings as all three phones are equipped with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 6GB RAM. It’s a standard configuration that seems to be working out for Chinese manufacturers. Xiaomi’s Mi 5 – which shares the hardware – still manages a solid fourth spot.
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 edge only appears on the list at fifth place, which is entirely surprising. It is likely that the edge displays of the device draws extra power from the hardware, which would reduce its overall score.
Apple’s iPhone 6 and SE both also appear on the benchmark rankings at sixth and seventh place. However, considering the massive differences in hardware and software, it would be misleading to directly compare the two with the other Android devices on the list. That being said, the minor score difference between the two Apple devices is notable.
Antutu’s list was compiled by averaging the score from 2,000 samples for each device. Only devices benchmarked with Antutu 6.0 were counted for the purpose of the list, and the tests would have to have been performed between 1 and 31 May 2016.