While benchmarks certainly don’t mean everything (they mean very little in most cases), it’s certainly interesting to see how hardware matches up against other hardware in terms of raw power and performance. AnandTech have managed to perform some very in depth and detailed Nexus benchmarks for Google’s newest lineup, and despite both devices being very powerful, it was very interesting to see that in most cases (more than 90% of the time actually), the hardware used in the iPhone 5 and new iPad still manages to outperform the new Nexus lineup in damn near every CPU, GPU, and battery benchmark test.
Keep in mind that there are literally dozens of benchmark tests available for testing hardware. That being said, the benchmarks used in these tests are certainly not biased towards Apple nor Android. In other words, they are pretty darn fair to use. It's a lot of information, and has some pretty interesting/surprisingresults.
The benchmarks used by AnandTech in these tests include the following:
- Google Octane Benchmark V1
- Mozilla Kraken Benchmark
GPU and Display Tests:
- GL Benchmark 2.5 - Fill Test
- GL Benchmark 2.5 - Fill Test (Offscreen 1080P)
- GL Benchmark 2.5 - Triangle Texture Test
- GL Benchmark 2.5 - Triangle Texture Test (Offscreen 1080P)
- GL Benchmark 2.5 - Triangle Texture Test - Fragment Lit
- GL Benchmark 2.5 - Triangle Texture Test - Fragment Lit - (Offscreen 1080P)
- GL Benchmark 2.5 - Triangle Texture Test - Vertex Lit
- GL Benchmark 2.5 - Triangle Texture Test - Vertex Lit - (Offscreen 1080P)
- GL Benchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD
- GL Benchmark 2.5 - Egypt HD - (Offscreen 1080P)
- GL Benchmark 2.5 - Egypt Classic
- GL Benchmark 2.5 - Egypt Classic - (Offscreen 1080P)
- Brightness White
- Brightness Black
- Contrast Ratio
- AT Smartphone Bench 2013 - Web browsing battery life (3g, 4G, LTE)
- AT Smartphone Bench 2013 - Web browsing battery life (Wifi)
- Web Browsing Battery Life
As you can see, that’s quite a lot of benchmarks! So without further delay, here are the results, courtesy of AnandTech:
Results - CPU
Results - GPU and Display
Results - Battery
Some impressive scores, but some disappointing ones as well
There’s quite a lot that can be seen from these tests, and from a technical standpoint, I won’t try to even act like I can accurately explain why what performs how. I will leave the detailed explanation to the guys over at AnandTech. Their good and detailed explanations can be found here.
What is pretty easy to see is that in terms of hardware, even the hardware found in the new Nexus lineup proves inferior to the what’s found in the iPhone/iPad in most cases. Battery life in the Nexus 4 proved unexpectedly bad, and while Samsung’s newest Exynos 5250 did well in the tests, the A5X and A6 chips used in the iPhone and iPad still consistently bested it. In regards to the Nexus 10, its massive resolution could also hold it back a bit in benchmark performance.
The guys at AnandTech pointed out that Android 4.2 could have something to do with some of these results, and it could be that further optimizations to Android help to increase some of these scores. Remember, IOS software is tightly optimized for the hardware used in creating the iPad and iPhone. Android doesn't quite have that luxery....yet.
As I don’t read much into benchmarks, I can’t say that I’m really disappointed. I will admit that I am surprised, as I thought the hardware would fare better against the iPhone and iPad. One thing that does disappoint me is the Nexus 4 battery life, as it really seems at the bottom of the barrel. That being said, it’s hard to say how many of these results are more influenced by software vs hardware, and whether Android itself restricts the top notch hardware used in the new Nexus lineup.
Again, don’t take these scores as a way of judging “which phone/tablet is better”, but more as a way of seeing how they stack up against each other on paper. There’s a big difference in benchmark performance vs real world performance, and I’m quite confident that all devices shown on these benchmarks would perform extremely well in the hands.
A big shout out to AnandTech for these in depth tests.
Picture credits for benchmarks - AnandTech