The Fastest Android Phones As Of November 2017

The Fastest Android Phones As Of November 2017


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 2017*
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #1
    Average
    Score:
    88%
    Confidence
    Level:
    Great
    * 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:
    Great
    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:
    70%
    Confidence
    Level:
    Great
    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:
    #4
    Average
    Score:
    66%
    Confidence
    Level:
    Great
    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:
    #5
    Average
    Score:
    74%
    Confidence
    Level:
    OK
    Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

    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
    Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #6
    Average
    Score:
    74%
    Confidence
    Level:
    OK
    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
    Also Good
    Alpha
    Rank:
    #7
    Average
    Score:
    61%
    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:
    #8
    Average
    Score:
    60%
    Confidence
    Level:
    OK
    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
    Oppo F5 Youth

    Oppo F5 Youth

    (*This is the newest fast Android phone from our list.)   The Oppo F5 Youth is a 6-inch FHD+ (1080p) camera phablet whose specs consist of a 16-megapixel selfie cam with AI-powered features, a 64-bit eight-core CPU clocked at 2.5GHz, and facial recognition on top of standard fingerprint user authentication.
    • Processor: MediaTek Helio P23 MT6763T (16nm)
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    OnePlus 5T

    OnePlus 5T

      The 6.01-inch (Gorilla Glass 5 finish) OnePlus 5T challenges other flagship smartphones with specs like dual rear cameras (16- and 20-megapixel cams), a 2.45GHz eight-core processor aided by 8GB's worth of RAM, and a 16-megapixel selfie cam in tow.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (10nm)
    • Processor speed: 2.45GHz
    • RAM Memory: 8GB (LPDDR4X type, 6GB version also available)
    • CPU Cores: 8

    Razer Phone

    Razer Phone

      The Razer Phone threatens other premium-caliber models by offering gaming specs like an 8GB LPDDR4 RAM, a Snapdragon 835 eight-core CPU peaking at 2.45GHz, and a 5.7-inch QHD-1440p UltraMotion (120Hz) screen.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    • Processor speed: 2.45GHz (max clock speed according to Qualcomm)
    • RAM Memory: 8GB (Dual-channel LPDDR4, 1866MHz)
    • CPU Cores: 8
    HTC U11 Plus

    HTC U11 Plus

      The Edge-Sense-equipped HTC U11 Plus is a flagship phablet whose key specs include a rarely-seen 4-mic system (with HTC BoomSound and USonic), an eight-core CPU coupled with 6GB of RAM, and a large 6-inch 1440p Super LCD 6 screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    • Processor speed: 2.45GHz
    • RAM Memory: 6GB (4GB version also offered)
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Oppo F5

    Oppo F5

      The 6-inch Oppo F5 is one of the brand's highest-ranking camera phones, headlining its specs with a 20-megapixel selfie camera, a 16-megapixel rear cam, and the Helio P23 eight-core engine (2.3GHz + 1.6GHz) aided by 6GB or 4GB of RAM.
    • Processor: MediaTek Helio P23 MT6763T
    • Processor speed: 2.5Ghz (2.3GHz(typical), but 2.5GHz in a singe-core scenario)
    • RAM Memory: 6GB (for Red model, only 4GB for Gold and Black)
    • CPU Cores: 8
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    LG V30 Plus

    LG V30 Plus

      The LG V30 Plus has a collection of top-of-the-line specs like a 6-inch 2880-pixel by 1440-pixel FullVision display, 16-megapixel + 13-megapixel cameras on its rear, and an IP68 rating against dust and water, but its 5-megapixel selfie shooter and 3300mAh battery make it appear like a less-premium smartphone.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998
    • Processor speed: 2.45GHz (quad 2.45GHz + quad 1.9GHz)
    • RAM Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Lenovo K8 Plus

    Lenovo K8 Plus (Lenovo K8+)

      This 5.2-inch Plus smartphone under Lenovo's K-series comes with several flagship-caliber specs, including a VR-capable 5.2-inch FHD display, a 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear camera setup, and a 2.5GHz eight-core CPU.
    • Processor: MediaTe Helio P25
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz
    • RAM Memory: 3GB (we roughly found as many sources saying 4GB as we found saying only 3GB)
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

    Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact

      The XZ1 Compact smartphone manages to keep the XZ1's flagship-class specs, including its 19-megapixel rear cam (with a 960fps slow-motion video feature) and 3D Creator app, despite dropping to a 4.6-inch 720p display.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    • Processor speed: 2.45GHz (max clock speed according to Qualcomm)
    • RAM Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Sony Xperia XZ1

    Sony Xperia XZ1

      Sony's 5.2-inch Xperia XZ1 smartphone lands in ultra-high-end multimedia territory, with specs like a 19-megapixel camera with a 960fps slo-mo capture option, an eight-core engine running at 2.45GHz, and 3D Creator in its offering.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    • Processor speed: 2.45GHz (max clock speed according to Qualcomm)
    • RAM Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Nokia 8

    Nokia 8

      One of Nokia's highest-ranking Android smartphones, the Nokia 8's specs include twin 13-megapixel ZEISS cameras with OZO spatial audio and Ultra HD video-recording, a 5.3-inch 1440p polarized IPS screen, and an eight-core engine with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    • Processor speed: Quad 2.5GHz (Kryo) + Quad 1.8GHz (Kryo)
    • RAM Memory: 4GB (LPPDDR4X)
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Asus Zenfone 4 Pro

    Asus Zenfone 4 Pro (Asus Pro Zenfone 4)

      The 5.5-inch Zenfone 4 Pro enters the premium smartphone fray with specs like a 12-megapixel + 16-megapixel (Zoom Camera) rear camera setup, a 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 eight-core engine coupled with 6GB of RAM, and a 2TB microSD card slot in its arsenal.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (10nm)
    • Processor speed: 2.45GHz
    • RAM Memory: 6GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    OnePlus 5

    OnePlus 5

      The OnePlus 5, just like its predecessor, is a bold attempt to topple the dominance of the most-premium smartphones on the market -- having top-level hardware specs (8GB of RAM and a 2.45GHz processor) a 20-megapixel telephoto lens + 16-megapixel wide-angle lens rear camera setup, and a 3300mAh battery, although its 1080p screen is not as impressive.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    • Processor speed: 2.45GHz (maximum)
    • RAM Memory: 8GB LPDDR4X (6GB version also available)
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Essential PH-1

    Essential PH-1

      Striving to be a market-mover, the Essential PH-1 banks on specs like a 5.71-inch edge-to-edge display and a dual 13-megapixel rear shooter to capture the hearts of the premium-phone market, but it has to struggle with a relatively-small 3040mAh battery, an awkward selfie camera placement, and the lack of memory-expansion options, as well.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (Kryo 280)
    • Processor speed: 2.45GHz (2.45GHz quad + 1.9GHz quad)
    • RAM Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    HTC U11

    HTC U11

      The HTC U11's list of good points, which are led by a 16-megapixel selfie shooter, a 2.45GHz processor, and the squeeze-activated feature Edge Sense, appears promising despite of it having to deal with a less-impressive 3000mAh battery.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    • Processor speed: 2.45GHz (quad 2.45GHz + quad 1.9GHz)
    • RAM Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Gionee A1 Plus

    Gionee A1 Plus (Gionee A1+)

      The main feature of the Gionee A1 Plus selfie-phablet is its 20-megapixel selfie camera and also included in its specs list are a 4550mAh battery, a 64GB memory, and an octa core processor that has a 2.5GHz + 1.4GHz clock rate.
    • Processor: MediaTek Helio P25
    • Processor speed: 2.5GHz + 1.4GHz
    • RAM Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Cores: 8 (Four 2.5GHz cores and four 1.4GHz cores)
    Sony Xperia XZ Premium

    Sony Xperia XZ Premium

      This 2017 powerhouse smartphone from Sony attempts to be a trailblazer by introducing a 4K HDR screen to the flagship market, accompanied by other premium specs like a 19-megapixel Motion Eye rear camera (which records videos up to 960fps), a Snapdragon 835 CPU, and ultra-classy aesthetics courtesy of an all-around Gorilla Glass 5 design.
    • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
    • Processor speed: 2.45GHz (four 2.45GHz cores and four 1.9GHz cores)
    • RAM Memory: 4GB
    • CPU Cores: 8
    Meizu Pro 6s

    Meizu Pro 6s

      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
    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
    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
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