The latest smartphones are purposefully designed to handle complex tasks, run multiple apps, stream and download media all within the blink of an eye. But when it comes to speed, which smartphones are best? We’ve broken down the specs and rounded up some of the fastest phones on the market right now.
What makes a smartphone faster?
In terms of performance and speed, two smartphone specs are especially important: processor and RAM (random access memory). A faster processor ensures enhanced performance, speedy app launch times, and the ability to switch between various apps quickly and smoothly. RAM, on the other hand, is necessary for multitasking efficiently. The greater the RAM, the easier it is to run multiple applications simultaneously.
Other speed-enhancing features to look out for are: 4G network capability and a GPU (graphics processing unit), which affects a phone’s performance as it generates images and graphics.
Both the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus feature the A11 Bionic processor, which Apple claims is “the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone.” It’s so powerful, in fact, it rivals the MacBook Pro in some benchmark speed tests. This industry-leading, 64-bit, six-core, processor features two performance cores that are 25% faster and four high-efficiency cores that are 70% faster, than its A10 Fusion predecessor.
With 2/3GB RAM, you’ll notice seamless functionality in day-to-day tasks along with improved battery life. The custom-designed GPU is 30% faster than the GPU used in the iPhone 7, resulting in improved performance when playing games or using other apps that require more processing power.
Equipped with the ultra-fast Samsung Exynos 8895 processor and 4GB of RAM, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are two of the most powerful smartphones on the market. The Exynos 8895 utilises advanced 10nm chip technology, which provides 27% improved performance compared to previous iterations. The octa-core processor enables these devices to effortlessly handle complex tasks simultaneously, and it produces remarkable graphics performance without draining battery life.
The Samsung Note8 is loaded with the same advanced processor plus 6GB RAM, giving it a slight edge over the S8 and S8 Plus in terms of performance.
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge boast the Exynos 8890 octa-core processor, with four cores running at 2.6GHz and the other four at 1.59GHz. With 4GB RAM, these phones are incredibly fast in day-to-day tasks like email, text messages and browsing Chrome – even when multitasking and switching between multiple apps. The S7 was the first mobile device to support Vulkan API (which offers the graphics and speed of PC-quality gaming on your smartphone), so even the most graphically demanding games run smoothly without any lag.
Combining speed and responsiveness, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus are designed to efficiently handle everything from basic web pages to 3D apps. They feature the 2.34GHz quad-core A10 Fusion processor and 2/3GB RAM, which deliver incredible power and performance. Its power is most apparent when jumping through different apps, browsing the web and playing games.
Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium delivers ultra-smooth performance, stunning graphics and speedy audio and video streaming. With a modem that supports X16 LTE, the Snapdragon 835 delivers lightning-fast download speeds up to one Gigabit per second – even on slower 4G networks. You’ll also experience fast and fluid multitasking on the Xperia XZ Premium, as it’s loaded with 4GB RAM.
The LG G6 features an older version of Qualcomm’s processor – the Snapdragon 821 – but it still packs a punch in terms of overall performance. With 4GB RAM, it’s ultra-fast in everyday use and offers a smooth and responsive interface. The Adreno 530 GPU produces impressive graphics performance, and multitasking is a breeze. Plus, charging is quick and convenient with Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0 technology.
The iPhone SE is proof that bigger isn’t always necessarily better. Noticeably smaller than the newest iPhone flagship, it packs an impressive amount of power into a sleek, compact body. The dual-core 1.8GHz processor is backed up by 2GB RAM, offering an incredibly fast and smooth experience. Swiping between apps and loading power-intensive games is no problem for the SE – the A9 processor provides spectacular efficiency and responsiveness.