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The Fastest Android Phones As Of August 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 Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A



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

    (*This is the newest fast Android phone from our list.)
      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
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    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 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
    * 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 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: Qualcomm© 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
    The ZTE Grand S Pro



    ZTE Grand S Pro (ZTE N9835)

      2.3GHz quad-core processor, 13-megapixel camera (with 1080p webcam) and 2300mAh battery in one of ZTE´s most recent front-line models.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB
    • Processor speed: 2.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB (DDR3)
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The HTC One E8



    HTC One E8 (HTC One Ace E8)

      Basically the One M8 in a plastic - as opposed to metal - case with nearly identical features, leave the slightly inferior 13-mp BSI snapper.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (MSM8974AC)
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The LG G3



    LG G3 (LG D855)

      A new addition to LG´s premium phone line sporting a 13-megapixel OIS camera (and a Quad HD display) and 2.5GHz of quad-core processing power.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon
    • Processor speed: 2.46GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom



    Samsung Galaxy K Zoom (Samsung Galaxy SM-C115)

      With a 20.7-megapixel camera (Xenon flash) and two processors, the K Zoom could be the 2-in-1 phone-and-camera you´re looking for.
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz (Dual), 1.3Ghz (Quad-core)
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 6
    The Huawei Ascend P7



    Huawei Ascend P7

      A 13-megapixel BSI camera, a 1.8GHz quad-core processor and Smart/Ultra power management modes - looks like Huawei is eying a seat in the premium tier.
    • Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 910T
    • Processor speed: 1.8GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active



    Samsung Galaxy S5 Active (Samsung SV Active)

      Samsung´s flagship Galaxy S5 re-engineered for outdoor activities with a rugged MIL-STD-810G casing and a set of outdoorsy apps.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Blackphone BP1



    Blackphone BP1

      Blackphone´s high-end BP1 smartphone promises secure mobile usage with Silent Circle, its PrivateOS and SpiderOak storage.
    • Processor: NVIDIA Tegra
    • Processor speed: 2GHz
    • RAM Memory: 1GB (LPDDR3)
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The BLU Vivo IV



    BLU Vivo IV (BLU D970L)

      An octa-core processor, 13-megapixel camera (with Bright+) and Gesture Controls find themselves in this 5.5mm thick Android.
    • Processor: Mediatek Cortex A7
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    The BLU Life Pure XL



    BLU Life Pure XL (BLU L260L (32GB&comma, 3GB RAM))

      The 16-megapixel and 8-megapixel snappers, a 3GB RAM and a 2.2GHz quad-core processor belong to the Life Pure XL´s premium arsenal.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    • Processor speed: 2.2GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB, 2GB (optional)
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Asus PadFone X



    Asus PadFone X

      A 5-inch phone that literally transforms into a 9-inch tablet with several high-end specs that include a 13-megapixel camera and wireless charging.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
    • Processor speed: 2.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    The Sony Xperia Z2



    Sony Xperia Z2 (Sony Xperia ZII)

      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
    The ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini



    ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini

      This 4.7-inch version of the Nubia Z5S brings back the IGZO display technology, with a slight reduction in CPU speed (1.7GHz quad-core).
    • Processor: Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon 600
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 4
    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

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