Every smartphone user has their own reasons for buying smartphones. Some likes to have the best in class camera, some prefers longer battery life, while some likes to get things done fast.
If you look at the smartphone market prices, you shall notice something: The camera and performance are the only factors that separate the high-end smartphones with the low-end ones. And for those who do a lot of multitasking, performance matters the most to them.
These days a 10-15k smartphone can handle pretty much everything a basic android user needs from their smartphone. Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4 are live examples of how a low-end smartphone packed with the essential stuff can rock the market. Their Mi A1 also proved that even a mid-range device can deliver an above average camera performance.
But clearly, that isn’t the main target with the high-end smartphone manufacturers. They are more inclined to bundling the best in class hardware so that a user gets the fastest experience possible with their device.
But, a hardware alone isn’t sufficient. The software also plays a major role in terms of delivering the best in class performance. After all, everything that a user gets to experience lies with the software alone.
So, if you are willing to spend bucks to get hold of a smartphone which has the best-in-class performance, then, stay with me. Here I am going to show you the speedtest videos of the premium Android devices launched this year. And well, not only Android, of course, I haven’t forgotten Apple.
So, let’s begin.
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The Premium Smartphones and Specifications:
Okay, for the speedtest, the
- Apple iPhone 8 Plus
- Google Pixel 2 XL
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- OnePlus 5
All of them were released in 2017 and they were the latest offerings available in the market. Yes, Apple also launched the iPhone X, but it is not available in the market for tests yet. So, let’s limit it to the iPhone 8 only.
Here are the quick specifications for all of them.
|Specifications||Apple iPhone 8 Plus||Google Pixel XL||Samsung Galaxy Note 8||OnePlus 5|
|Display||5.5 inch||5.5 inch||6.3 inch||5.5 inch|
|Resolution||1080x1920 px||1440x2560 px||1440x2960 px||1080x1920 px|
|Processor||Hexa Core||1.6Ghz Quad Core||1.7 Ghz Octa Core||1.9 Ghz Octa Core|
|Battery||2691 mah||3450 mah||3300 mah||3300 mah|
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Point to note, in India, the Galaxy Note 8 is released with the Exynos processor. But, in the USA it has the Snapdragon 835 processor, similar to Google Pixel XL and OnePlus 5. The Apple iPhone 8 plus uses their own A11 Bionic chip. For the sake of speedtest, I included videos for both Snapdragon and Exynos version of the Galaxy Note 8.
Well, you can see that out of these 4 devices, 3 of them runs on Android, and one of them runs on iOS. So, I had to look out a bit to find out the perfect speedtest video to compare all of them and find out the winner.
And, finally, I found what I was looking for.
I am going to show you two videos here. The first one is of speedtest between the Pixel 2, Galaxy Note 8 and the OnePlus 5, the android warriors. This one does not involve Apple iPhone 8 for a reason. Here, you get to know the fastest ‘ANDROID’ device of 2017.
So, here we go.
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Fastest Android Device of 2017: Speedtest
This speed test was organized by the YouTube channel PhoneBuff between the Google Pixel XL, Galaxy Note 8 and the OnePlus 5. They posted it on 29th October 2017.
Note that they used the Snapdragon 835 variant of the Galaxy Note 8 so that all the smartphones contain the same processor.
I would compare the Exynos variant of Galaxy Note 8 later on. First, let’s check out the speedtest. I have used the seek buttons to jump to the main speedtest directly. You will enjoy it.
First things first, the winner was OnePlus. But I will come back to that later. Let’s discuss the other things what matters.
Let’s come to the Google Pixel XL. Remaining on Stock Android Oreo out of the box, it surely gets an advantage in performance. We see initially, the Google Pixel XL was performing the fastest of all, in terms of opening apps or processing some videos etc.
But as time passed and more and more apps started loading, the Pixel lost that extra speed and came at par with the other two. OnePlus has its RAM advantage, so it is able to keep all of the apps in the memory and still perform at its peak.
The Galaxy Note 8 is slightly underclocked by Samsung, so it got slowed as time passed.
The first round couldn’t establish much difference between the three, as the difference was less than 2 seconds for each. OnePlus 5 finished in 1.21, Google Pixel at 1.23 and Galaxy Note 8 at 1.25. But yes, Note 8 is 4 seconds slower than OnePlus 5 right there in the performance round.
Coming to the memory management round, OnePlus again gets an advantage as it was able to keep all the apps in its memory. Pixel XL failed to keep Subway Surfers, and Photoshop open, which the other two did with ease. This is surprising.
OnePlus finished the memory management test in 1.45, Note 8 caught up with it at 1.56 with its good memory management, but the Pixel XL took a whopping 2.09 to complete it, bringing down the overall speed.
OnePlus has emerged champion. Pixel XL is out of the race here.
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Don’t underestimate Pixel XL, however, it delivers where it has to deliver, the camera. It has a DXO rating of 98 out of 100, clearly the best smartphone camera you could ever see on a smartphone. Anyways, let’s proceed our speed tests further.
Like I said, the Note 8 processor used above was of Snapdragon, you might as well think how about using the Exynos variant of Galaxy Note 8. Will it cause any difference? Can OnePlus 5 outperform it?
Luckily, I got one video for that too, from C4E Tech, with the speedtest between OnePlus 5 and the Galaxy Note 8. They used the Exynos variant of the Galaxy Note 8. Check it out below.
Again, the winner is OnePlus, but we saw some surprising results out there.
The initial round of normal usage resulted with what most of us expected, the OnePlus 5 was faster and finished both the performance and the memory management rounds before the Galaxy Note 8. But the second round of heavy performance changed the perspective surprisingly.
While OnePlus took the lead on the Performance round initially, it couldn’t compete with Note 8 during intensive tasks like video rendering. Note 8 got that done quickly. In fact, it started the render while OnePlus was already on it, and overtook OnePlus in the middle and finished it quicker.
But, OnePlus got to win that because of the memory management advantages. Note 8 was going all fine until it reloaded Temple Run 2 which OnePlus already kept in its memory. Both the phones, however, reloaded the Asphalt Extreme. But, taking the advantage of the previous Temple Run game, it won by a margin of 11 seconds. I really don’t want to put up the exact times here, you can get it from the video easily.
Two things I felt:
- If Samsung improves its memory management, it can easily become the fastest Android device out there.
- If they used the 8GB variant of OnePlus 5, I guess OnePlus would have kept the Asphalt Extreme on the memory too.
Anyways, the verdict for the fastest Android device is out: OnePlus 5 retains the title.
But what happens when it is put to test with the latest Apple offering, the iPhone 8 Plus? Can it beat the OnePlus 5 to become the fastest smartphone of 2017? Let’s find out that too.
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Fastest Smartphone of 2017 (Android + iOS): Speedtest
This test will be obviously between the fastest Android device versus the latest Apple device. So, I got this video from C4E Tech again, where the OnePlus 5 is put to test against the iPhone 8 Plus.
Here’s the video. Check it out.
Shocked? Amazed? Surprised? What’s your expression dude?
The A11 Bionic chip has the power inside. It is simply slowed by the iOS animations during multitasking. But when it is put to test for heavy performance, it outperforms Snapdragon 835 easily.
Initially, during the regular performance round, OnePlus 5 could outperform iPhone 8 plus by just 4 seconds. And that was only possible as the transition animations on the OnePlus 5 was much faster than that of iPhone 8.
But during the heavy performance round, the iPhone 8 plus really gets to stand out as the fastest performer. It renders the video at an unbelievably faster rate. It shows the real potential of the A11 bionic chip. That one task alone was sufficient to make a huge time gap between their speeds, allowing the iPhone 8 plus to finish the round in 1.15 which the OnePlus 5 takes 1.43.
The memory management round could not help OnePlus take the lead because it was lagging behind by almost 30 seconds. It finished both the rounds in 2.06 which the iPhone 8 plus finished in 1.47. Note that both the devices kept all the apps in their memory. So, both their memory management is spot on.
The only thing that I feel Apple needs to improve is quicker transition speeds on their devices. That will make its position strong.
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So, that’s all about the speedtest between some of the premium smartphones out there, and we have got the fastest ones.
The results are pretty clear: On the Android front, OnePlus 5 remains undefeated as the fastest Android device of 2017. But, when coming head to head with iPhone 8 Plus, OnePlus loses and iPhone 8 Plus becomes the fastest smartphone of 2017.
The Google Pixel XL is the poorest performer of all of them in terms of speed. But it has the best in class mobile camera.
And the Galaxy Note 8 is just behind OnePlus in terms of performance. But in terms of look, Galaxy Note 8 simply outshines all the rest.
The striking thing about all these devices is their price point. OnePlus 5 is available at a cheaper price than the rest of the mobiles. So, make your purchase decision wisely.
The next time someone asks you which is the fastest smartphone or which is the fastest Android device, don’t forget to point them to this article. It will help them decide their next smartphone. Use the social share buttons below to share this post with your tech-savvy friends.
That’s all for now. Thank you for reading this article on the fastest smartphones of 2017. I hope all your doubts are cleared. I will be back soon with another interesting update. Till then, stay tuned!