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The Fastest Android Phones As Of September 2014


Multimedia tasks and apps on mobile devices demand that the fastest Android smartphones be several times faster than models from a few years ago. To build up this list of fast Android smartphones, we use roughly these criteria:

  • Preferably at least 1.7 Ghz processor
  • Preferably 2GB of RAM
  • At least a dual-core processor (but preferably quad-core)
  • Most models shown below may also include other speed-enhancing features like 4G network capability and the occasional superior Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).



    The List:


    The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge



    Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

    (*This is the newest fast Android phone from our list.)
      The S Pen-equipped Note Edge's screen extends outwards, acting as a fashionable apps and status bar.
    • Processor speed: 2.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
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    The Motorola Nexus 6



    Motorola Nexus 6 (Motorola Nexus X)

      The Android Lollipop OS comes preinstalled with this 2.7GHz quad-core-equipped 6-inch smartphone from Motorola.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
    • Processor speed: 2.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Sony Xperia Z3 Dual



    Sony Xperia Z3 Dual (Sony Z3 D6633)

      The dual-SIM variant of Sony┤s PS4 Remote play- and 2.5GHz quad-core-equipped 5.2-inch Z3 flagship.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    * To save battery life, an Android phone does not always use all CPU cores. But there is a way to force it to do so, as explained in this Youtube video.
    The Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2



    Alcatel OneTouch Hero 2 (Alcatel 8030B)

      A 6-inch follow-up to Alcatel┤s Hero series, with the MagicFlip DJ feature, 8-core processing and the basic Sidekick 2 candybar among its perks.
    • Processor: MediaTek MT8392
    • Processor speed: 2GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    The Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro



    Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

      The Z2 Pro packs a QuadHD display and a 4K camera along with its pretty sleek brushed aluminum unibody.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC)
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Motorola Moto X 2014



    Motorola Moto X 2014 (Motorola Moto X 2nd-Gen)

      The Moto X┤s 2014 return packs a 5.2-inch FHD screen, a 13-megapixel 4K camera and four Crystal Talk mics within leather and wood finishes.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC)
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Huawei Ascend Mate7



    Huawei Ascend Mate7

      A 6-inch phablet that bets on performance with the Kirin 925 octa-core processor, Mali-T628 GPU and a pretty high 4100mAh battery power.
    • Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 925 SoC
    • Processor speed: 1.8GHz + 1.3GHz + 230MHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8 +1
    The Sony Xperia Z3



    Sony Xperia Z3

      Sony aims at another high-end seat with the Z3┤s 4K-video 20.7-megapixel camera, PS4/PlayStation support and semi-rugged casing.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact



    Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

      The Z3 flagship┤s Compact version comes with a 4.6-inch TRILUMINOS screen that fronts its quad-core engine, PS4 Remote Play and 20.7-megapixel rear camera.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A



    Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A (Samsung SM-G901F)

      The Galaxy S5┤s 4K video recording (16-megapixel camera), Snapdragon 805 processor and signature app suite come to the European market with this LTE-A variant.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Samsung Galaxy Alpha



    Samsung Galaxy Alpha (Samsung SM-G850F)

      An octa-core processor, a 4K-video 12-megapixel camera and LTE Cat6? Looks like we are looking at a new Samsung flagship.
    • Processor: Cortex-A15 + Cortex-A7
    • Processor speed: 1.8GHz + 1.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    The Lenovo Golden Warrior A8



    Lenovo Golden Warrior A8

      Looks like the Golden Warrior S8 won┤t be fighting alone, as its A8 companion packs a 1.7GHz octa-core engine, with four available colors this time around.
    • Processor: Cortex-A7 MTK6592
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    The Samsung Galaxy Note 4



    Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (Samsung SM-N910S/SM-N910C)

      A Quad HD display, 4K video capture, a 2.7GHz quad-core engine and the trademark S Pen accessory pretty much define this fourth iteration of the Galaxy Note series.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
    • Processor speed: 2.7GHz + 1.3GHz + 1.9GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 6
    The ZTE Nubia Z7



    ZTE Nubia Z7

      ZTE┤s 5.5-inch premium-end contender boasts a 538ppi pixel density and 4K video recording, with the help of a 3GB RAM and a quad-core engine.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC)
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The HTC Butterfly 2



    HTC Butterfly 2

      A Dot View-equipped 5-inch smartphone, offering two FullHD (13- and 5-megapixel) cameras alongside the HTC BoomSound audio technology.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport



    Samsung Galaxy S5 Sport (Samsung SM-G860P)

      A sporty variant of the S5, with an IP67-certified casing, Side Grip Enhancements, the S Health app suite and a 2.5GHz quad-core engine.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The HTC One M8 Dual SIM



    HTC One M8 Dual SIM

      Basically the same Snapdragon 801- and Ultrapixel-equipped flagship mode, only with a more SIM card slot.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    • Processor speed: 2.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The ZTE Nubia Z7 Max



    ZTE Nubia Z7 Max (ZTE NX505J)

      A cheaper variant of ZTE┤s Nubia Z7 flagship, packing the same 13-megapixel camera and quad-core engine, while scaling down the display resolution and RAM.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC)
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The OnePlus One



    OnePlus One

      OnePlus┤ ticket into the high-end market, with several new features including their CyanogenMod OS and TOL display technology.
    • Processor: Qualcommę Snapdragon 801
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB (LP-DDR3 @ 1866MHz)
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Sony Xperia Z2a



    Sony Xperia Z2a (Sony Xperia D6563)

      This classic-looking Xperia model might just beat out its Xperia brothers with a 20.7-megapixel 4K camera with 8x digital zoom.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    • Processor speed: 2.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 4

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