“Along with sporting drool-worthy specs, the ZenFone is among the table-toppers across key benchmarks apps”
A 2.3GHz quad-core processor, a PowerVR G6430 GPU clocked at 533MHz, and 4GB RAM… no we aren’t talking about a laptop, but the internals that power the all-new ASUS ZenFone 2 (unboxing | first impressions). The Taiwanese brand has become the world’s first manufacturer to equip a smartphone with a healthy 4 gigs of RAM. In the top-end variant, the ZE551ML, this is complemented well with Intel’s latest-gen Z3580 processor based on Moorefield platform. The SoC is manufactured using the 22nm low-power process and supports 64-bit architecture.
Even though the ZenFone is a mid-budget offering, these specs can give even a flagship device a run for its money. Perhaps that’s why the ZenFone 2 is so popular that it’s holding the crown in our top 20 most popular mobile phones list since the last two months. We are still in the process of testing out the real-world impact of its powerful innards, which we’ll discuss in detail in our review. Before that however, let’s check out what the benchmarks have to say about the device and its performance.
AnTuTu is one of the most popular and comprehensive benchmarking apps and has become a go-to app to quantify device’s performance. It rates the device on the basis of its CPU, GPU, RAM, graphics performance and more, along with ranking it against other phones. The recent update to the app also added tests for checking the performance benefits of 64-bit prowess of new-gen processors.
The AnTuTu Benchmark results of the ASUS ZenFone 2 ZE551ML prove what already seemed apparent. With a massive score of 47,134, it’s among the top-performing smartphones, bested only by the much pricier Galaxy Note 4 (review | FAQs) and octa-core-toting Meizu MX4.
While AnTuTu gives one score to understand the performance of a handset, Vellamo checks the phone on various fronts and then rates it against the competition. These aspects are divided in three different chapters – Browser, Multicore and Metal. The very first chapter tests the browsing capabilities of the smartphone. The Metal chapter stress-tests the single core of the processor ticking under the hood, whereas the Multicore chapter measures the performance of all the cores.
When it comes to the browsing experience, the ASUS ZenFone 2 is absolutely the best with its table-topping performance. However, the same can’t be said about its performance in the Metal and Multicore chapters. While its among the top five smartphones, devices like the OnePlus One (review | cheatsheet) and HTC One (M8) maintain a 300 to 400 points lead over it.
Coming to the specific benchmarking apps, Geekbench 3 checks out the capabilities of the processor, including the performance of the single as well as multiple cores. It does so by simulating different real-world scenarios such as arithmetic calculations, compression and decompression of files, encryption and decryption, etc.
The ZenFone 2 gets a respectable score of 911 for its single-core performance and 2896 when it utilises the power of its four cores. With this score, it sits below other Qualcomm-powered flagships which are fuelled by its Snapdragon 8xx generation SoCs such as the Moto Turbo (review), Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and OnePlus One among others. However, if we compared the smartphone with the competition in its segment, then it holds up quite well.
With gaming being one of the most performance-straining activities on the smartphone, GFXBench does a good job in rating a device in terms of its prowess of displaying 3D graphics. Along with that, it also tests long-term performance stability, render quality and power consumption of the device.
For comparison purposes, we’ll be using the frame rates of the device while playing Manhattan and T-Rex, which are high-level graphic tests. With its PowerVR G6430 graphics processor, the ASUS ZenFone 2 plays Manhattan and T-Rex at 714 frames (12fps) and 1,499 (27fps) respectively, which is more than its peers like the OnePlus One and Xiaomi Mi 4 (review | cheatsheet).
It goes without saying that the benchmarks aren’t a true indicator of performance, though they do show the capabilities of a particular device and how it fares against the competition. In terms of specs, the ASUS ZenFone 2 seems very powerful, however just a high capacity of RAM doesn’t bring it at par with the devices boasting better processors. But that doesn’t change the fact that ASUS’ phablet is a highly-capable performer and is among the most powerful devices in the mid-range price band.
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