How to Benchmark & Speed Test an Android Phone

We take a look at a number of Android telephones right here at Tech Advisor. It’s a great way to see how telephones evaluate when it comes to uncooked energy, in addition to offering metrics for graphical efficiency, battery life and different areas. If you need to do the identical factor at house, and see how your telephone compares to others, we’ll clarify how we do it.

The course of is simple, and makes use of largely free apps.

Are benchmark take a look at outcomes helpful?

One factor to contemplate earlier than testing is that whereas benchmarks do present helpful data, they shouldn’t be used as the one means to gauge efficiency. While your telephone could (or could not) rating extremely in artificial assessments, the true take a look at is the way it performs for you day-to-day underneath real-world circumstances.

Aside from bragging rights, benchmarking is just an goal means to see how your telephone compares in opposition to others.

Apps you’ll want to benchmark an Android telephone

To get a very good image of how your telephone performs you’ll want just a few apps to run the assessments. These are those we use:

Geekbench 5 for Android

At the center of your telephone is a SoC, which stands for System on Chip. Unlike a PC the place the CPU, GPU and different elements are separate, telephones typically use a single chip which mixes every part in a single.

There’s nonetheless a conventional CPU doing the principle number-crunching. Like desktop PCs and laptops, a telephone CPU is made up of a quantity cores. Many flagship Android telephones lately have eight CPU cores, however you’ll discover varied configurations. To take a look at CPU efficiency you’ll need to use Geekbench 5, as this could present the pace of single-core exercise in addition to a number of cores collectively. The multi-core result’s the one we pay most consideration to, as a result of it’s the one which greatest displays real-world app efficiency.

Download Geekbench in your telephone, then comply with the steps under.

1.
Open Geekbench

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To start the take a look at you’ll want to faucet the Run CPU Benchmark choice on the backside of the display screen. Everything is automated, however you’ll need to make sure that your telephone isn’t in a power-saving mode which might have an effect on the outcomes.

2.
Check the outcomes

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When the benchmark is full, you’ll be introduced with scores for Single- and Multi-core efficiency. On the Result tab you’ll be able to scroll down to see extra particulars about how the telephone carried out in varied sub-tests. Tapping the Single-Core or Multi-Core tabs then exhibits how your telephone compares in opposition to different fashions which have been examined on Geekbench.

How to take a look at the GPU efficiency of an Android telephone

Alongside the CPU (Central Processing Unit) you’ll discover the GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) which handles all of the rendered photos you see in your display screen. Testing it’s helpful because it tells you ways succesful a telephone is for enjoying video games. To do it you’ll want to use GFXBench. So, obtain, set up and launch the app, then comply with these steps:

1. Select benchmark assessments

There are a variety of assessments, however you gained’t want all of them. When we take a look at telephones, we untick the offscreen variations of every take a look at as these take a look at the GPU with out considering the decision of your telephone’s display screen.

Tap the Test choice choice then allow the assessments you need to run. By default every part is ticked.

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These are the assessments we run:

GFX T-RexGFX ManhattanGFX Manhattan 3.1GFX Car ChaseGFX Aztec Ruins Vulkan NormalGFX Aztec Ruins Vulkan HighGFX Aztec Ruins OpenGL NormalGFX Aztec Ruins OpenGL High

Make positive to set your telephone to its highest refresh charge (normally discovered within the Display settings) if it has a display screen that runs larger than 60Hz. Otherwise, you’ll discover outcomes are capped at 60 frames per second.

When you’ve chosen the assessments you need to use, faucet the Start choice within the prime proper nook to start the take a look at. 

Leave the telephone to full the benchmarks as you gained’t find a way to do the rest whereas they’re operating.

2: Check the outcomes

Once the assessments have run, you’ll see the assorted scores proven subsequent to their assessments. If you need to see how this stands up to different units, faucet the Compare choice on the backside of the display screen and also you’ll see the place the telephone charts in relation to its rivals.

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How to take a look at battery life on an Android telephone

Another important ingredient of any telephone is battery life. Now, you’ll be able to in fact cost up your telephone after which depart it enjoying a video on repeat till it dies, however that may be a bit arduous and in addition requires you to pay shut consideration in order that you realize when precisely the battery ran out.

A a lot less complicated resolution is to use the PCMark for Android app that runs an in depth battery monitoring benchmark. 

Again, obtain and set up the app from the Google Play retailer, then open it up to start the take a look at. 

Running the benchmark

The benchmark you need is Work 3.0. This will want to be put in from inside the app, so faucet the Install button underneath the take a look at. When that is achieved, faucet the Run button subsequent to Work 3.0 battery life.

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Note: Your battery will want to be charged to no less than 80% earlier than PCMark will allow you to run the take a look at. We guarantee telephones are totally charged earlier than operating.

Once full, plug in your telephone and boot it up to verify the take a look at outcomes.

Screen brightness does have an effect on the outcomes of any battery assessments, and we use a colorimeter (a Datacolor Spyder) to set every display screen as shut to 120 nits as attainable, and disable auto-brightness to guarantee it stays at that setting throughout the take a look at.

We assume you gained’t have a colorimeter, and gained’t need to purchase one, so the less complicated choice is to set the brightness slider to a bit under half. This is an effective approximation for many telephones.

How to benchmark charging speeds in your Android telephone

One final take a look at value doing, particularly because the battery is now flat thanks to the PCMark for Android benchmark, is to see how lengthy it takes to cost.

This take a look at merely requires a timer. So, plug in your telephone utilizing the provided charger and USB cable and set a 15-minute. When it rings, verify the proportion, after which verify it in additional quarter-hour. Many fashionable Android telephones outfitted with quick charging can attain 60-90% in half an hours, nevertheless it’s primarily helpful to know what sort of figures you’ll be able to anticipate in the event you overlook to cost your telephone earlier than going out and want to give it a fast top-up for quarter-hour. 

If, after operating the assorted assessments, you discover that the outcomes aren’t fairly what you’d hoped for, then you’ll be able to all the time use it as an excuse to improve: see suggestions of the most effective Android telephones in addition to the most effective mid-range telephones.

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