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The Fastest Android Phones As Of March 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 Sony Xperia Z2



    Sony Xperia Z2 (Sony Xperia ZII)

    (*This is the newest fast Android phone from our list.)
      Waterproof quad-core 2.3GHz Android 4.4 phablet that boasts a 5.2-inch Full HD Triluminos display, a 20.7-megapixel camera, and 4K video capture.
    • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8974AB Snapdragon 801
    • Processor speed: 2.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
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    The Sony Xperia Z1S



    Sony Xperia Z1S (Sony Xperia C6916)

      Water- and dust-resistant 20.7-megapixel phablet with the Exmor RS sensor, a 5-inch Full HD Triluminos display, and a quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
    • Processor speed: 2.2GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Sony Xperia Z1 Compact



    Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (Sony Xperia D5503)

      20.7-megapixel water- and dust-resistant smartphone that sports a 4.3-inch HD Triluminos display with the X-Reality picture engine and a quad-core 2.2GHz processor.
    • Processor: Qualcomm MSM8974
    • Processor speed: 2.2GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • 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 Asus ZenFone 6



    Asus ZenFone 6 (Asus ZenFone VI)

      6-inch Android 4.3 phablet with a dual-core 2GHz Intel processor, the GloveTouch technology, and a 13-megapixel camera - but no LTE support.
    • Processor: Intel Atom Z2580
    • Processor speed: 2GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB / 1GB
    • CPU Cores: 2
    The Alcatel One Touch Idol X Plus



    Alcatel One Touch Idol X Plus (Alcatel One Touch Idol X+)

      Octa-core 2GHz Android 4.2 phablet with a 13.1-megapixel camera, a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 IPS screen, and JBL stereo headphones - but without LTE connectivity.
    • Processor: MediaTek MT6592
    • Processor speed: 2GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    The LG G Flex



    LG G Flex (LG D958)

      Quad-core 2.26GHz curved smartphone with a flexible 6-inch P-OLED display, a self-healing coating, and a 13-megapixel camera that can record UHD (3840 x 2160) videos.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    • Processor speed: 2.26GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The LG G2



    LG G2 (LG VS980 Verizon)

      Innovative 13-megapixel camera phablet with backside volume and power buttons and a 5.2-inch IPS display.
    • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 MSM8974
    • Processor speed: 2.26 GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The LG Nexus 5



    LG Nexus 5 (LG D820)

      Quad-core 2.26GHz Android 4.4.2 phablet that touts a 4.95-inch Full HD display with 445 pixels per inch and an 8-megapixel camera with imaging features like OIS, HDR+, and Photo Sphere.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
    • Processor speed: 2.26GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Samsung Galaxy Note 3



    Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (Samsung Galaxy Note III)

      Latest installment of the Galaxy Note series with a bigger processor (2.3 Ghz) and an even bigger camera (13-megapixel compared to 8)
    • Processor speed: 2.3 GHz
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The HTC One Max



    HTC One Max (HTC T6)

      Quad-core 1.7GHz Android 4.3 phablet (5.9 inches) from the HTC One group featuring the updated HTC Sense 5.5 and a fingerprint scanner, but without the Optical Image Stabilizer in the camera.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Samsung Galaxy Round



    Samsung Galaxy Round (Samsung SM-G910S)

      Concave 5.7-inch quad-core 2.3GHz Android phablet with the Samsung KNOX security system.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
    • Processor speed: 2.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The ZTE Grand Memo



    ZTE Grand Memo (ZTE V9815)

      13-megapixel quad-core phablet with a 5.7-inch touchscreen and a 3200mAh battery.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-core
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    The Samsung Galaxy S IV



    Samsung Galaxy S IV (Samsung GS4)

      Android super smartphone with an ultra-sensitive 5-inch Super AMOLED display and a 13-megapixel camera.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core (or Samsung Exynos 5 octa-core in some markets)
    • Processor speed: 1.9GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    The ZTE Grand S



    ZTE Grand S

      Thin smartphone offering a quad-core CPU and a full HD 5-inch touchscreen.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro Quad-core
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB

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