Best of Android 2018: best-performing phones
We’ve yelled ourselves hoarse cautioning people to not look too deeply at benchmark performance, but for Best of Android 2018, we’re ignoring our own advice a little bit.
The problem with benchmarks is many people don’t have a good idea what all of those numbers mean — sometimes they don’t actually mean anything at all. In addition to all that, manufacturers cheating benchmarks this year means confidence in these metrics is at an all-time low. Beyond that, picking the “best” performance is a little sticky, given folks use their smartphones for drastically different things.
We’ll post our test results below with a little bit of context, and mark them against the 2018 average so you can see what’s the cream of the crop. A lot of phones do exceptionally well, and some even beat our pick in certain metrics.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro’s Kirin 980 has the best performance, with caveats
When it comes to silicon, for the moment you want Huawei’s Kirin 980 powering your smartphone. While there’s been a lot of hay made by tech bloggers about concerns shown with benchmarks, even Qualcomm is taking notes on this chip. Until Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 hits shelves, we won’t have another credible 7nm chip to compare the Kirin with. That might not be enough to satisfy you, so let me go a little more in-depth on how we determined our leaders in this competition.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is not the best phone in every benchmark we ran, it’s simply the best overall results.
We chose benchmarks for a decent cross-section of performance results… and to sidestep cheating
In all of our benchmarking, we unintentionally limited what kinds of performances we’d find by using almost only flagship phones. In truth, most results from device to device are much smaller than the numbers would have you believe, so it was tough to get a good cross-section of performances. If you were to add more phones like the Motorola Moto G6 or any bargain model outside of the Xiaomi Pocophone F1, you’d find a lot more separation between devices. Our battery of tests consisted of:
- GFXBench (T-Rex)
- GFXBench (Manhattan)
- Basemark OS
- Geekbench (single core)
- Geekbench (multi core)
- Geekbench (single core stealth)
- Geekbench (multi core stealth)
- 3DMark (Slingshot Extreme)
If you’re wondering what that “stealth” version of Geekbench is, it’s a build of Geekbench that defeats benchmark detection on today’s crop of phones. We didn’t want to have to do that, but to find results more indicative of your actual use we have to keep manufacturers honest. We won’t shame companies outright with this, but we’ll only be listing results from the stealth app. We have the “regular” results too, but we’re more interested in what the phone actually gives its users.
…of the 30 phones that we tested, seven phones cheated so badly that the average inflation in Geekbench score was just under 3 percent.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro sits at a rather advantageous position, as its processor is an early entrant into next year’s generation of chips. Consequently, it boasts a number of advantages that will likely be eclipsed in the near future. Its GPU is limited by its display, which caps its video benchmarks at 60fps. Razer and Asus eclipsed the Mate 20 Pro here, as that benchmark isn’t limited by the displays, for example.
Performances were incredibly similar
After normalizing the scores in each category, we found much like the competition in displays: the differences between units were really nothing to write home about. Here are our rankings for the best-performing smartphones, all hitting marks within 2 points out of 100 of each other in our scoring. All of these phones will perform brilliantly, and you won’t likely notice anything different — outside of the Razer Phone 2’s higher frame rate, at least.
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- Asus ROG Phone
- OnePlus 6T
- Huawei Mate 20
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Galaxy S9+
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- LG V40
- Razer 2
All of these models lag severely behind the iPhone, but I’ll let Gary explain that one. In truth, smartphone processing power has never been more astounding than it is now. It’s one of the last things you should be concerned about.
Source : Andriodauthority