Antutu, the popular cross-platform mobile benchmarking app, has published its “2015 Global Top 10 Best Performance Smartphones” chart. Although there were a couple of devices on the chart we’ve already expected to see, it’s quite surprising that the iPhone 6s Plus almost has a 40,000 point lead on the competition.
Antutu’s Top 10 chart was curated based on the statistics taken only from smartphones that ran benchmarks on Antutu v6.0; which was released back in November 2015. It was really significant because this is the first ever version of Antutu that officially supports iOS. Antutu v6.0 also introduced a new score proportion system, which places a greater emphasis on 3D and UX. In previous versions, the proportion of CPU + RAM : UX : 3D design was 1:1:1.
The Huawei Mate 8 came in a distant second with 92,746 points, while the Meizu Pro 5 sits firmly in third place. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 (running on an Exynos 7420) got itself into the number four spot, pushing its “sibling” – the Galaxy S6 edge+ down to the fifth spot. The year-old iPhone 6 Plus, still managed to take the 6th position; followed by the OnePlus 2, LeTV 1 Pro, and Mi Note Pro. The iPhone 6 and 6s was not listed because there isn’t much difference compared to their larger-sized variants.
A separate chart published in December 2015 lists Apple’s A9 and A8X processor as the number one and number two processors in the market followed by the Kirin 950 and the Samsung Exynos 7420. Antutu’s new focus on UX and 3D designs seem to suit Apple’s processors over its competitors. This is in addition to the fact that iOS manages processes very differently from Android, which could be what has contributed to the iPhone 6s Plus’ score of 132,620.
Judging from how Antutu has changed its scoring system and its top 10 chart of best performing smartphones, it does indeed show that a phone’s overall performance is not just determined by how many cores the processor has or how much RAM it has, but also on how well the software is capable of managing them.