The Antutu benchmark is one of the most popular benchmarking platforms, offering an interesting data set in terms of how smartphones across price ranges perform around the world. In October 2021, the list of the best performing Android smartphones has yet again been shuffled. It has seen one new entrant that was anyway a surprise omission from the top performers list. Some have failed to make the top 10 cut this time, while the top hierarchy stays constant.
1. Nubia Red Magic 6 – 8,58,734 points
Substituting the topper of the Antutu performance charts is the Red Magic 6 from Nubia, instead of the Red Magic 6 Pro. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC, along with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, the Red Magic 6 is one of the most prominent gaming smartphones in the world. It has also incidentally extended its lead at the top of the charts by a fair margin. Along with clearly being a good performer, the Red Magic 6 also features a 6.8-inch, AMOLED display with 165Hz refresh rate. Unfortunately, it is not up for sale in India.
2. ASUS ROG Phone 5 – 8,21,339 points
The ASU- ROG Phone 5 has been largely acclaimed as one of the best performing gaming phones on the Android ecosystem to buy, and is also up for sale in India. The smartphone is powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC, and comes with a staggering 16GB RAM along with 256GB storage. It is priced starting Rs 49,990, and has a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with full HD+ resolution and 144Hz screen refresh rate. All of this makes it a venerable performer, which is clearly reflected in the benchmark scores that it has logged.
3. Realme GT – 8,10,510 points
The Realme GT is no pushover in terms of the overall performance that it can produce, and this comes with the added advantage of excellent pricing. Its core performance is taken care of by the Snapdragon 888, which is further paired with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The phone also has a 120Hz display based on a 6.43-inch, AMOLED panel – making it a fairly well-rounded smartphone to own. At Rs 41,999, it is also one of the most well-priced flagship smartphones that you can buy in India.
4. iQOO 7 Legend – 8,01,238 points
Called the iQOO 7 Legend in India instead of the regular badging, this flagship phone has retained its position on the Antutu benchmark list – as well as its overall score. It is also powered by the Snapdragon 888 in India, and is the last of the Android phones to score above 8,00,000 points on the Antutu list. You also get features such as a 2K 120Hz 6.62-inch display, and a fairly suave design that does not look too bulky either.
5. OnePlus 9 Pro – 7,88,258 points
The OnePlus flagship has improved its overall ranking over the past few months, rising up to the 5th spot on the Antutu list and also seeing a rise in its overall average score. Powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC along with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, the OnePlus 9 Pro is not just a well-performing phone, but positions itself as a premium device that caters to a wider variety of users beyond gamers. Its Hasselblad camera branding further helps the case, but its Rs 65,999 pricing positions it as a premium device.
6. Xiaomi 11i – 7,82,494 points
While the Mi 11i is a China-centric device, it is available in India under the rebranded Xiaomi 11X Pro moniker. Powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC, it also features 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The performance phone is priced at Rs 41,999 in India, and features Xiaomi’s latest generation design language. It also comes with a versatile overall feature set such as a 108MP triple rear camera setup and a 4,520mAh battery with 33W fast charging.
7. ASUS Zenfone 8 – 7,82,463 points
Expected to be launched in India as the Asus 8Z, the Zenfone 8 and 8 Mini are unique propositions in the Android smartphone ecosystem. The Zenfone 8 Mini, in particular, has a small screen size and is essentially the only compact phone with flagship specs, at least on the Android side. The 5.9-inch display also features a 120Hz display, and supplements other features such as the Snapdragon 888 SoC, 8GB RAM and 128GB native storage.
8. Xiaomi 11 Ultra – 7,80,181 points
The Xiaomi 11 Ultra is one of the most extreme Android phones to buy in India, and its price tag of Rs 69,999 is actually a value proposition in this regard. Its configuration comes with the Snapdragon 888 SoC, along with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. You even get a second display to the rear, parked right beside its main camera unit. The critically acclaimed smartphone has surprisingly gone down the ladder in the Android phones list.
9. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – 7,74,302 points
Another of the ‘extreme’ Android phones, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra features the famous 100x ‘Space Zoom’, or hybrid zoom in other words. You get the Exynos 2100 SoC in India, and the Snapdragon 888 in global markets. The venerable camera unit features a 108MP main camera and two 10MP telephoto cameras – alongside a 12MP ultra wide unit as well. The Dynamic AMOLED 2X 120Hz display is also pegged as one of the nicest around, but costs a pretty penny – you pay over Rs 1 lakh for it.
10. Sony Xperia 1 III 5G – 7,68,303 points
Bringing up the rear is the Sony Xperia 1 III 5G, which had dropped out of the top 10 list last month. The smartphone features the Snapdragon 888 SoC, along with up to 12GB RAM and 512GB storage. It has three 12MP cameras, including 4.4x optical zoom – and Sony’s camera wizardry that is undoubtedly among the best in the industry. Since then, Sony has introduced the Xperia Pro-I that should outperform this too, but for now, this is what brings up the rear in the top 10 Antutu list. Sadly, you can no longer buy Sony phones officially in India.