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The Fastest Android Phones As Of January 2015


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 Xiaomi Mi Note



    Xiaomi Mi Note

    (*This is the newest fast Android phone from our list.)
      The Xiaomi Mi Note comes with a 4-ultrapixel selfie cam and two Corning Gorilla Glass frames (front and back).
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB (LPDDR3, 933MHz)
    • CPU Cores: 4
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    The Samsung Galaxy A7 Single SIM



    Samsung Galaxy A7 Single SIM (Samsung SM-A700F)

      The Samsung Galaxy A7 expands the perks of the A3 and A5 models with its split octa-core processor and 6.3mm all-metal body.
    • Processor: Exynos 5430 + M7450
    • Processor speed: 1.8GHz + 1.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    The LG G Flex2



    LG G Flex2 (LG H955)

      LG squeezes in a 64-bit octa-core processor, LTE Cat9, and an Adreno 430 GPU between the G Flex2's P-OLED screen and self-regenerating back cover.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit
    • Processor speed: 2GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB (LPDDR4)
    • CPU Cores: 8
    * 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 2



    Asus Zenfone 2 (Asus ZE551ML)

      The Asus Zenfone 2's processor clocks in at 2.3GHz and is assisted by a 4GB RAM and a PowerVR G6430 GPU.
    • Processor: Intel Atom Z3560/Z3580 64-bit
    • Processor speed: 1.8GHz or 2.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB/4GB (LPDDR3)
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Asus Zenfone Zoom



    Asus Zenfone Zoom (Asus ZX550)

      The Asus Zenfone Zoom zooms in at 3x the scale (optical) with its 13-megapixel camera and takes selfie panoramas with the 5-megapixel cam up front.
    • Processor: Intel Atom Z3580
    • Processor speed: 2.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2/4GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The HTC Desire 826



    HTC Desire 826

      Opening 2015 for HTC is this Android-HTC Sense package that offers an octa-core processor and a 13-megapixel selfie cam.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (64-bit)
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    The Huawei Honor 6 Plus



    Huawei Honor 6 Plus (Huawei Honor 6x/6+)

      Huawei packs an 8-megapixel dual-lens camera and a 1.8Ghz octa-core processor in this 5.5-inch package.
    • Processor: Huawei Hisilicon Kirin 925
    • Processor speed: 1.8GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    The Motorola Droid Turbo



    Motorola Droid Turbo

      This 5.2-inch update to Motorola's Droid series includes a 2.7Ghz quad-core engine, a 21-megapixel camera, and a whopping 3900mAh battery in its package.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (APQ8084 64-bit)
    • Processor speed: 2.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The HTC Desire Eye



    HTC Desire Eye

      A 13-megapixel selfie cam, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor and a 3-mic system are among the 5.2-inch HTC Desire Eye's perks.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    • Processor speed: 2.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus



    Samsung Galaxy S5 Plus (Samsung SM-G901F)

      A slight update to Samsung's 5.1-inch premium contender, running on a 2.5GHz quad-core processor with Adreno 420 graphics, and sporting a 4K 16-megapixel camera.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge



    Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

      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
    The HTC One M8 Eye



    HTC One M8 Eye

      The One M8 reprises its role as HTC's 2.3GH quad-core-equipped flagship, with the HTC Eye Experience this time around.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    • Processor speed: 2.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    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 Wiko Highway 4G



    Wiko Highway 4G

      An NVIDIA-Tegra-4i-equipped 5-inch Android, with a 16-megapixel camera behind its 5-inch dual Corning Glass screen.
    • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra 4i
    • Processor speed: 2GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Oppo N3



    Oppo N3

      5.5-inch camera-centric smartphone with a motorized rotating lens, boasting a high-resolution (16-megapixel) sensor that claims capable of taking up to 64-megapixel panoramic photos and recording 4K resolution videos.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    • Processor speed: 2.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • 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
    The Acer Liquid X1



    Acer Liquid X1

      The Acer Liquid X1's hardware, headlined by an octa-core engine, seems to match its Zero-Air-Gap-designed 5.7-inch display.
    • Processor: MediaTek MT6592M Cortex-A7
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    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

     
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