A better benchmark for Android devices
PCMark for Android introduces a fresh approach to benchmarking smartphones and tablets. It measures the performance and battery life of the device as a complete unit rather than a set of isolated components. And its tests are based on common, everyday tasks instead of abstract algorithms.
See how well your Android device performs, then compare it with the latest models. Better benchmarking starts here.
- Measure the performance of the whole device with the Work benchmark.
- Tests are based on everyday activities, not abstract algorithms.
- Scores reflect real-world performance, not unachievable maximums.
- Tests use real applications and native APIs whenever possible.
- See every test in action, instead of watching progress bars.
- Test storage performance with the dedicated Storage benchmark.
- Our guide tells you what is being measured and how scores are calculated.
Measure performance and battery life using common productivity tasks
Web Browsing measures the time to render a web page, search for content, and add items using the native Android WebView view.
Video Playback measures frame rate as well as the time to load, and seek within, 1080p video content using the native Android MediaPlayer API.
Writing measures the time to open, edit, cut, copy and paste text and images into a document using the native Android EditText view.
Photo Editing measures the time taken to open, edit, and save a set of photos while using four different APIs to filter and manipulate the images.
Test the storage performance of your smartphone and tablet
One of the most overlooked measures of smartphone performance is the speed of the storage. No matter how fast the processor, when the storage is too slow you get a laggy, stuttering experience. The PCMark for Android Storage benchmark measures storage performance in three key areas.
Internal Storage is where your apps save private data such as settings, user data, and other sensitive app files. The Android default cache directory is also in the internal storage. The internal storage performance of your device dtermines the startup time and smooth running of your apps.
External Storage is used to save public data such as documents, photos, videos, and non-sensitive app files. Depending on the device, external storage can be removable or built-in. External Storage performance most commonly impacts your experience when loading and viewing media files.
The Database test measures performance when reading, updating, inserting and deleting database records using SQLite, the default relational database management system in Android. Following default Android behavior, the test database is saved in the device's internal storage.
See what's happening inside your device
Detailed hardware monitoring charts show you how the CPU clock speed, temperature and battery charge level changed during the benchmark run.
Use these charts to see how CPU scaling and thermal management affect your device's performance and battery life.
Battery life testing
Measure battery life for everyday use
Measuring performance and battery life together provides a better overall assessment of the device than benchmarking performance alone.
The test produces a battery life result, an overall Work performance score, and a chart showing the score from each individual pass of the benchmark.
The most popular devices ranked by performance
The PCMark for Android Best Devices list is the ideal way to compare the performance, popularity and battery life of the latest smartphones and tablets.
Tap any device to see a side-by-side comparison with your own device, or search for a specific model, brand, CPU, GPU or SoC.
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PCMark for Android Professional Edition
With PCMark for Android Professional Edition you can automate your benchmarking using adb (Android Debug Bridge). A Single-Seat License allows you to install PCMark for Android on one device at a time. To test more than one device simultaneously, you will need a Site License.
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Minimum system requirements
|Processor||Dual core processor|
|Graphics||OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible|
|Display||480 x 800 minimum resolution|
|Storage||23 MB app, 550 MB app + tests*|
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- PCMark has been the industry standard benchmark for PC performance since 2002.
- PCMark for Android was developed in cooperation with mobile technology leaders.