Following our review of the best tablets for gaming, and the comments that followed, we realised that a simple aggregate review score and a GPU benchmark were not enough to hail a device as “good for gaming”.
Cue round two, and our look at a bunch of smartphones and how well they stack up against each other based on gaming-relevant benchmarks.
What we have below is a table of 15 phones, graded according to 3DMark tests, AnTutu scores, GFX Bench FPS, and battery life tests, along with an overall aggregate review score form Engadget – because your phone has to do more than just play games.
|Phone (processor unit)||3DMark – Graphics||3DMark – Frame Rate||3DMark – Physics||Phone Arena – AnTuTu||GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 FPS||GFXBench: Battery Life||Engadget Avg. Review|
|LG G Flex (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 2.3 GHz)||n/a||n/a||n/a||36180||54||269 mins||83%|
|LG G Pro 2 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 2.3 GHz)||n/a||n/a||n/a||28615||n/a||n/a||88%|
|LG Optimus G Pro (Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T 1.7 GHz)||8784||39||9942||21303||28||n/a||88%|
|LG G2 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 2.3GHz)||18622||86.4||8569||35376||49||210 mins||87%|
|Motorola Moto X (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960 Pro 1.7 GHz)||13875||62.7||6646||18483||53.6||186 mins||88%|
|Samsung Galaxy S4 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 (APQ8064AB) 1.9 GHz)||11481||51.5||10002||24701||40.6||186 mins||88%|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 2.3 GHz)||13551||60.4||9917||31543||53.5||163 mins||87%|
|HTC One (Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T 1.7GHz)||11285||49.4||12331||23308||40.1||162 mins||92%|
|Apple iPhone 5s (Apple A7 1.3GHz – iOS 7.0)||12692||58.4||7197||N/A||53||116 mins||92%|
|ASUS Padfone Infinity (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 2.2 GHz)||12636||58.2||12753||N/A||32.4||150 mins||n/a|
|Google Nexus 4 (Qualcomm APQ8064 1.5 GHz)||11451||50.7||9953||16749||44||169 mins||n/a|
|Google Nexus 5 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 2.3 GHz)||n/a||58.7||n/a||26340||50.1||152 mins||n/a|
|Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 2.2 GHz)||n/a||n/a||n/a||33468||54||207 mins||88%|
|Sony Xperia Z1 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 2.2GHz)||n/a||n/a||n/a||30838||53||207 mins||88%|
|Sony Xperia Z Ultra (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 2.2 GHz)||n/a||n/a||n/a||29732||52||196 mins||n/a|
As you can see, the LG G Flex, LG G2, and Asus Padfone Infinity came up tops in multiple/single categories, while the Apple iPhone 5s fared well in the overall review score.
The Sony Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact were not far behind, with the Z1 Compact tying for first in the GFX Bench Egypt test.
A note on the N/A values for some of the tests – our scores were taken form single sites that benchmarked and tested multiple phones. We decided against taking individual scores off phone review articles from multiple publications as this would lead to inconsistency when phones were ranked against one another. Unfortunately, some sites had not tested all the phones we featured at the time of publication, hence the omitted results.
So, what do you make of our analysis? Do you game on any of the above phones, and if so what is their performance like? Let us know in the comments and forum.