Android smartphones are getting faster and we’ve seen drastic increases in computing power in the last few years. Getting a brand-new flagship smartphone from one of the top manufacturers is always a great bragging point, and what best way to brag about your device’s than sharing the benchmark results.
Here are some of the best CPU benchmark apps for Android that will not only help you gain an idea where your smartphone stands among the plethora of other flagship devices but also help you share a screenshot on social media.
We’ve already made a list about the best graphic benchmark apps for Android, so if you’re interested in that, feel free to take a look at those as well. Thankfully, I was able to garner a respectable list of CPU benchmark apps for Android so, we’re not completely stranded just yet.
Note: the 5 best CPU benchmark apps for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone. I have the Exynos processor inside my smartphone and not the Qualcomm one.
AnTuTu Benchmark has been around for a long time and is the industry standard by now. I’ve used it once or twice before, especially when I get a new device, but this time around I was surprised that there were some drastic changes made to the app.
The first change you see is the partition of the app into different parts, you’ll need to download a separate app to test the CPU of your device.
The 78 MB other app that allows you to test your CPU. The app, however, runs significant tests on your device and will take upwards of 4 minutes to complete all of them. I personally think that the results are comprehensive and very well managed. The device temperature will get a bit high but that is the nature of the CPU benchmarking beast.Show Downloads
While Geekbench may lack the visual flair offered by AnTuTu benchmark, it is by far the best CPU benchmark app for Android. Normally, it will calculate your single core score but also evaluate multicore performance as well.
The interface is kept simple and professional and the main landing page gives you information about your device and the processor which it uses. Tap on the “Run CPU Benchmark”, and the app will start calculating the CPU performance of your device.
It will take about 3 to 5 minutes depending on the device. After that you’ll be given a detailed information page for how well your phone or tablet scored. One of the good things about this benchmark app is that you will be able to compare single core as well as multiple core benchmark scores with other devices. If I have to recommend just one great CPU benchmark app for Android, I will choose this one.Show Downloads
Quadrant Standard Edition
Quadrant Standard Edition may look like an old school benchmarking app but it works really well on modern smartphones too. I was a bit skeptical about it because of the outdated interface, but the benchmark results are satisfactory.
Not only will you get detailed system information but also CPU and GPU performance numbers. It is a straightforward and simple app that tests the GPU as well as the CPU to its full extent. The test only takes a few minutes to complete and is reliable to work on multiple versions of modern smartphone processors.
The only problem is, the app is not updated in ages so the results page will show devices like HTC One X as a topmost device. It is kind of funny to see how far we have progress though, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge scored around 35,000 while the 2nd best HTC One X lingo rounds the 5000 mark.Show Downloads
3DMark – The Gamer’s Benchmark
I’m only including 3DMark in a list about CPU benchmark apps because it is the bona fide leader in videogame benchmarks. And we all know, while the GPU is important, the CPU is equally important in doing complex physics based actions.
While technically this benchmark can be called a GPU benchmark, but in reality it also uses the CPU to render graphics on your smartphone or tablet screen. At the end of the day the combined power of not only GPU, CPU but also memory is needed to push out cutting edge graphics on your handheld Android device.
You’ll have to download 100 MB additional benchmark files but it is worth it to see how well your smartphone does. Mine didn’t fare that well on the benchmark because my device’s performance was throttled by heat, 3DMark informed me about that though, which is a nice touch.Show Downloads
Sometimes you don’t need to run a full-fledged benchmark to know the full specs of your CPU. Sometimes all you need are the multicore frequencies or the temperature of your processor. For those times CPU-Z is the simplest and fastest app to have.
As a matter of fact, I recommend this app to anyone who is remotely interested in the thermals of their smartphone or tablet. It is fascinating to see how modern devices under clock themselves automatically when subjected to extensive heat. Or how the power saving mode basically limits the performance of your CPU in order to conserve battery life.
Everything about your processor and the internals of the smartphone itself can be learned through this nifty little app. That’s not all, you can easily check out all the sensors included in your smartphone too.Show Downloads
I have to admit, only 3 of the apps are actual benchmark apps and only 2 of them are actual CPU benchmarking apps. Thankfully, you’ll only need the leading benchmarking apps to gauge the performance of your Android device.
I’m sure there will be more CPU benchmarking apps eventually rising to the top but as of now, there is not much variety available on the Google Play Store.
As always, if you have any questions, suggestions or funny comments, feel free to drop them in the comments section below. And remember don’t run consecutive benchmarks on your device.