From the Samsung Galaxy S4 to the HTC One, more and more phones are packing in super-powered processors in the hope of becoming the UK’s fastest phone. Of course faster processors, don’t always mean better speeds so we put all the main contenders through our lab testing to see which handset would come out on top.
Despite being crowned the world’s best-selling smartphone in February, Apple’s iPhone 5 has aged badly since its launch last year. We measured it against the latest handsets on the market and it finished in last place, with the Samsung Galaxy S4 proving almost twice as fast. For the full results, cast your eyes below.
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Which phone is the fastest?
The Samsung Galaxy S4 is the fastest phone we have ever tested – and it’s no surprise.The phone’s UK incarnation features a 1.9GHz quad-core processor. In comparison, the iPhone 5 only has a 1.2GHz dual-core chip.
What do the scores mean?
Of course, more processing power doesn’t always translate to a faster mobile; that’s why we put all the handsets through the same industry-recognised Geekbench 2 test. This measures processor and memory performance across smartphone platforms to provide a standard speed rating. If a phone has a high Geekbench 2 score it will perform well when photo-editing, running graphically intensive games and multi-tasking across numerous apps in general.
Each individual test is scored, the scores are then combined together and weighted which eventually adds up to a final numeric score. With Geekbench scores, the higher the number the better. 1,000 is taken to be the base – so all these phones were expected to achieve a score higher than 1,000.
See our league table below for the raw Geekbench scores:
- Samsung Galaxy S4 – 3188
- HTC One – 2798
- Sony Xperia Z – 2173
- Google Nexus 4 – 2134
- Samsung Galaxy Note 2 – 1950
- BlackBerry Z10 – 1698
- Apple iPhone 5 16GB – 1664
Fast phones mean high prices
Grabbing second place in our testing was the HTC One. It’s combination of quad-core 1.7GHz processor and 2GB Ram, will provide plenty of punch for phone owners who use Gmail, Facebook, Instagram and Angry Birds all at the same time.
Sony’s Xperia Z also did well to sneak into third place, finishing fractionally ahead of Google’s Nexus 4 mobile. Despite this the Nexus 4 is over £200 cheaper to buy SIM-free than the top three phones in our testing. If you want to buy one the of UK’s fastest phones, you’ll have to pay upwards of £450 for the privilege.
Undoubtedly, Apple will upgrade its next iPhone with an improved processor when it launches later this Autumn. For the moment, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 is the phone to beat when it comes to speed.
Would you buy the Samsung Galaxy S4 because of its speed? Were you expecting Apple’s iPhone 5 to perform better? Let us know in the comments section below.