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The Fastest Android Phones As Of November 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 Motorola Droid Turbo



    Motorola Droid Turbo

    (*This is the newest fast Android phone from our list.)
      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
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    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
    * 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 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 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

     
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