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The Fastest Android Phones As Of November 2016

The Fastest Android Phones As Of November 2016


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 a 2+ Ghz processor
  • A good amount of RAM
  • At least a 6-core processor (but preferably octa-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:

    Best Model 2016
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #1
    Average
    Score:
    89%
    Confidence
    Level:
    Total
    How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

    Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

    Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (Samsung GS6 Edge)

      This premium Android from Samsung comes with a first-of-its-kind dual-curved Gorilla Glass 4 display, a 14nm 64-bit processor, and a 16-megapixel 4K camera.
    • Android CPU Mark: 156757
    • Processor: Exynos 7420 Cortex-A57
    • Processor speed: 2.1GHz + 1.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB (LPDDR4)
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Second Best
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #2
    Average
    Score:
    87%
    Confidence
    Level:
    Total
    Samsung Galaxy S6

    Samsung Galaxy S6 (Samsung S6 Galaxy)

      Samsung's MWC 2015 flagship comes with a 5.1-inch Quad HD display, a 64-bit octa-core processor, and a 32/64/128GB UFS 2.0 memory.
    • Android CPU Mark: 151251
    • Processor: Exynos 7420 Cortex-A57
    • Processor speed: 2.1GHz + 1.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB (LPDDR4)
    • CPU Cores: 8

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    Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #3
    Average
    Score:
    79%
    Confidence
    Level:
    Total
    HTC One M9

    HTC One M9 (HTC M9 One)

      The HTC One M9's 20-megapixel rear camera, 4-megapixel ultrapixel sub-cam, and Sense UI v7.0 opens up the brand's MWC 2015 product line.
    • Android CPU Mark: 91,430
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit
    • Processor speed: 2GHz + 1.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #4
    Average
    Score:
    72%
    Confidence
    Level:
    Total
    YU Yureka

    YU Yureka

      YU's 5.5-inch Yureka is an octa-core-rigged Cyanogen 12 smartphone banking on a 13-megapixel camera and Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
    • Android CPU Mark: 34791
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
    • Processor speed: 1.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB LPDDR3
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #5
    Average
    Score:
    70%
    Confidence
    Level:
    Total
    ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

    ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

      The 5-inch Nubia Z9 mini smartphone delivers octa-core processing alongside a 16-megapixel camera and an 8-megapixel f/2.4 selfie shooter.
    • Android CPU Mark: 91187
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
    • Processor speed: 1.5GHz + 1GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #6
    Average
    Score:
    72%
    Confidence
    Level:
    High
    Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

    Lenovo P70

    Lenovo P70

      Lenovo loads this 5-inch package with a 4000mAh battery, an octa-core processor, and a 700MHz GPU.
    • Android CPU Mark: 30849
    • Processor: MediaTek True8Core MT6752m
    • Processor speed: 1.7Hz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #7
    Average
    Score:
    73%
    Confidence
    Level:
    High
    LG G Flex2

    LG G Flex2 (LG Flex 2)

      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.
    • Android CPU Mark: 106055
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 64-bit
    • Processor speed: 2GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB (LPDDR4)
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #8
    Average
    Score:
    69%
    Confidence
    Level:
    High
    Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    Sony Xperia M4 Aqua (Sony M4 Aqua Xperia)

      The 13- and 5-megapixel-equipped IP65/68-certified Xperia M4 Aqua is Sony's first 64-bit octa-core-powered smartphone.
    • Android CPU Mark: 65,955
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (64-bit)
    • Processor speed: 1.5GHz + 1GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #9
    Average
    Score:
    67%
    Confidence
    Level:
    High
    Lenovo K3 Note

    Lenovo K3 Note (Lenovo Note K-3)

      The 5.5-inch K3 Note is a cut above its 5-inch K3 sibling, with features like a 13-megapixel camera, a 64-bit octa-core processor, and Dolby Atmos audio.
    • Android CPU Mark: 120081
    • Processor: MediaTek MT6752 Cortex-A53
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #10
    Average
    Score:
    74%
    Confidence
    Level:
    OK
    ZTE Blade S6

    ZTE Blade S6 (ZTE S6 Blade)

      An eight-core 64-bit engine, a Hi-Fi sound system, and the network-free AliveShare app are some of the Blade S6's key specs.
    • Android CPU Mark: 3,836
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (64-bit)
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz + 1GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB (LPDDR3)
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Meizu Pro 6s

    Meizu Pro 6s

    (*This is the newest fast Android phone from our list.)   The Meizu Pro 6s is a flagship smartphone packing several premium-level specs, including a 5.2-inch 3D-sensitive FHD Super AMOLED screen, a 12-megapixel camera with a rare 10-LED ring flash, and a ten-core 2.5GHz processor coupled with 4GB of RAM.
    • Processor: Helio X25
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz (Dual 2.5GHz A72 + Quad 2GHz A53 + Quad 1.4GHz A53)
    • RAM Memory: 4GB LPDDR3
    • CPU Cores: 10 (3 clusters)
    Huawei Note 8

    Huawei Note 8

      Huawei's answer to other 2016 flagship phablets comes in the form of the 6.6-inch (Quad HD) Note 8, which operates on a 2.5GHz + 1.8GHz split-octa-core Kirin 955 engine alongside 4GB of RAM and 4500mAh of battery power.
    • Processor: Kirin 955
    • Processor speed: Quad 2.5GHz + Quad 1.8GHz
    • RAM Memory: 4GB LPDDR4
    • CPU Cores: 8
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    Xiaomi Redmi Pro

    Xiaomi Redmi Pro

      This 5.5-inch flagship Xiaomi smartphone swanks a ten-core, tri-cluster processor with of 4GB RAM, a 128GB memory, and a 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual-rear-camera setup.
    • Processor: Helio X25 (Helio X20 for other versions)
    • Processor speed: Dual 2.5GHz + Quad 2GHz + Quad 1.55GHz (Dual 2.1GHz + Quad 1.85GHz + Quad 1.4GHz for other versions)
    • RAM Memory: 4GB (3GB version also available)
    • CPU Cores: 10 (tri-cluster)
    Huawei P9 Plus

    Huawei P9 Plus (Huawei P9+)

      Co-engineered with Leica, this flagship Huawei phone is equipped with Press Touch (screen pressure recognition), dual 12-megapixel cameras, and 4GB of RAM.
    • Processor: HUAWEI Kirin 955
    • Processor speed: Quad 2.5GHz A72 + Quad 1.8GHz A53
    • RAM Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Huawei P9

    Huawei P9

      This 2016 flagship phone from Huawei boasts two 12-megapixel cameras at the rear, a 2.5D-glass 5.2-inch FHD screen up front, and a 4GB RAM inside.
    • Processor: HUAWEI Kirin 955
    • Processor speed: Quad 2.5GHz A72 + Quad 1.8GHz A53
    • RAM Memory: 4GB (3GB version also available)
    • CPU Cores: 8
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    Archos Diamond S

    Archos Diamond S (Archos S Diamond)

      This 5-inch Super AMOLED Archos phone banks on a 64-bit eight-core system, which supports its 16-megapixel rear camera and equally-high-end 8-megapixel selfie cam.
    • Android CPU Mark: 81587
    • Processor: MediaTek MT6753T Cortex-A53
    • Processor speed: 1.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Samsung Galaxy A8

    Samsung Galaxy A8 (Samsung A-8)

      One of the slimmest high-end Samsung models upon its release, the 5.9mm-thin Galaxy A8 boasts an octa-core processor, a 16-megapixel camera, and a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display.
    • Android CPU Mark: 18,115
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939
    • Processor speed: 1.5GHz + 1GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Ecoo Aurora E04

    Ecoo Aurora E04 (Ecoo E04 (3GB))

      The Ecoo Aurora E04 takes a shot at the limelight with its fingerprint ID, octa-core 64-bit processing (3GB RAM), and 16- and 8-megapixel cameras.
    • Android CPU Mark: 65196
    • Processor: MediaTek MTK6752
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Ulefone Be Touch 2

    Ulefone Be Touch 2 (UleFone Be Touch II)

      The high-end Be Touch 2's most tactile selling point is the front fingerprint scanner, while an eight-core CPU and a 13-megapixel camera also reside within its metal-based shell.
    • Android CPU Mark: 110738
    • Processor: MediaTek MT6752
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB LPDDR3
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Elephone P8000

    Elephone P8000

      Elephone's P8000 brings a 360-degree fingerprint sensor, a 4165mAh battery, and a Samsung 3L2 FHD camera to the high-end table.
    • Android CPU Mark: 109115
    • Processor: MediaTek MTK6753
    • Processor speed: 1.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Meizu M2 Note

    Meizu M2 Note (Meizu Note M2)

      Meizu follows up the M1 Note with the M2's 5.5-inch 450cd/m2 display, octa-core 64-bit CPU (1.3GHz), and 13-megapixel sensor.
    • Android CPU Mark: 66,356
    • Processor: MediaTek MT6753 ARM Cortex-A53 with Dual-channel ISP chip
    • Processor speed: 1.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB LPDDR3 (800MHz)
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Alcatel Flash Plus

    Alcatel Flash Plus (Alcatel Plus Flash)

      The Flash Plus boasts a 1.5GHz octa-core processor, a 5.5-inch HD display, and an 8-megapixel front-facing camera.
    • Android CPU Mark: 26,460
    • Processor speed: 1.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Elephone P7000

    Elephone P7000 (Elephone Pioneer)

      The Elephone P7000 sits among other high-class Androids with its octa-core 64-bit CPU, 3GB RAM, and 360-degree rotational fingerprint identification.
    • Android CPU Mark: 85228
    • Processor: MediaTek MTK6752
    • Processor speed: 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB DDR3
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Intex Aqua Power HD

    Intex Aqua Power HD (Intex Power HD Aqua)

      The 5-inch HD Aqua Power HD's large 4000mAh battery backs its eight-core engine and 13-megapixel rear camera.
    • Android CPU Mark: 25953
    • Processor: MediaTek MT6592M
    • Processor speed: 1.4GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Samsung Galaxy A7 Dual SIM

    Samsung Galaxy A7 Dual SIM (Samsung A7 Duos)

      The 6.3mm-thin A7 replaces the older models' mid-range engines with a 1.5GHz + 1GHz split octa-core processor.
    • Android CPU Mark: 25,417
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 (64-bit)
    • Processor speed: 1.5GHz + 1GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Samsung Galaxy A7 Single SIM

    Samsung Galaxy A7 Single SIM (Samsung Galaxy A-7)

      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.
    • Android CPU Mark: 25,417
    • Processor: Exynos 5430 + M7450
    • Processor speed: 1.8GHz + 1.3GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Zopo ZP999

    Zopo ZP999

      5.5-inch Android 4.4 dual-SIM phone armed with a 2GHz octa-core processor, a 3GB RAM, and a 14-megapixel camera, making up a high-end performance and imaging package.
    • Android CPU Mark: 33,866
    • Processor: MT6595M
    • Processor speed: 2GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Gigabyte GSmart Akta A4

    Gigabyte GSmart Akta A4 (Gigabyte GSmart A4)

      The Akta A4 is a mid-tier 5-inch (qHD) smartphone with more promising imaging (13- and 5-megapixel) and processing capabilities (1.4GHz eight-core CPU) than many of its competitors.
    • Android CPU Mark: 20736
    • Processor: MediaTek MT6592
    • Processor speed: 1.4GHz
    • RAM Memory: 1GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Lenovo A916

    Lenovo A916

      Lenovo throws in an octa-core processor, and a Mali-450 MP4 GPU to this high-end recipe.
    • Android CPU Mark: 21,191
    • Processor: MediaTek MT6592M Cortex-A7
    • Processor speed: 1.4GHz
    • RAM Memory: 1GB (LPDDR3)
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Lenovo Vibe X2

    Lenovo Vibe X2 (Lenovo X2-AP)

      Lenovo coats the 5-inch Vibe X2's 13-megapixel camera and octa-core processor with a quad-color case finish.
    • Android CPU Mark: 34366
    • Processor: MediaTek 6595m True-8-Core
    • Processor speed: 2GHz + 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Meizu MX4

    Meizu MX4

      Meizu's fourth phone in the MX series runs the Flyme 4.0 OS on an octa-core processor that comes with a Smart CorePilot technology.
    • Android CPU Mark: 22,113
    • Processor: MediaTek 6595 (Meizu customized version)
    • Processor speed: 2.2GHz + 1.7GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB (LPDDR3, 933MHz)
    • CPU Cores: 8
    HTC Desire 820

    HTC Desire 820

      Following the 816, the Desire 820 supports 64-bit on an octa-core engine, 2GB RAM and 16GB memory.
    • Android CPU Mark: 22,714
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 615
    • Processor speed: 1.5GHz + 1GHz
    • RAM Memory: 2GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
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