Thanks to Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, we’re going to see faster Android phones for the rest of this year and into 2023. The component will be manufactured by TSMC (with one exception we’ll discuss later) using its 4nm process node. and the foundry says the new silicon will be 35% faster and 40% more power efficient than the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset. As the process node gets smaller, smaller transistors are used on the chip, allowing more of them to fit inside for more power and less battery drain.
Based on its AnTuTu score, iQOO 11 5G might be the fastest Android phone.
Could the iQOO 11 5G be the fastest Android phone on the planet?
One way to determine how fast a phone compares to other models is through benchmark tests. One such app that does is AnTuTu, although the benchmarking app was removed from the Google Play Store back in 2020 because Cheetah Mobile violated Play Store rules. Although Cheetah Mobile does not own AnTuTu, it is a contributor to the platform. yet, AnTuTu says it works independently of Cheetah.
The iQOO 11 5G outperforms some very highly rated gaming phones
Among the phones that the iQOO 11 5G topped in AnTuTu are the ROG Phone 6 and the ROG Phone 6 Pro. Those two gaming phones scored 1,117,968 and 1,110,082 respectively on AnTuTu, with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC under their hood. Other highly rated models topped by the iQOO phone include Asus Zenfone 9, Xiaomi Mi 12T Pro and Nubia Red Magic 7 Pro.
Some Android manufacturers had a habit of gaming the system, which would add a few points to their benchmark scores. So while we can’t use benchmark apps to give us the final word, they can still be useful as conversation starters in the same way two sports fans might debate whether Aaron Judge is the real single-season home run record holder.
By the way, the iQOO brand belongs to the Chinese secretive BBK Electronics. It is the same company that owns Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Realme.