The Google Play Store has many different benchmark tools you can download, but not every one is equally reliable. Benchmarks that let you compare results from devices that run on different operating systems are even more rare. Today Futuremark released the Android version of 3DMark, and we went ahead and tested eight phones with the new benchmark. Some results are downright surprising.
Back in February we published an in-depth article about the new 3DMark, when the Windows version came out. 3DMark '2013' has multiple components.
Fire Strike is meant for testing high-end gaming PCs. More average PC systems can be tested with Cloud Gate, and mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, but also Ultrabooks and entry-level PCs can be tested with Ice Storm. It's a cross-platform benchmark that from today can also be run on Android devices, and shortly iOS and Windows RT will also receive their respective versions. Finally we will have a tool for reliably comparing Android and iOS devices.
Hardware.Info received a preview-license from Futuremark, and we tested the following eight Android smartphones with the new 3DMark: the HTC One S (Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU), HTC One X (Nvidia GeForce ULP Tegra 3 GPU), HTC One X+ (Nvidia GeForce ULP Tegra 3 GPU), Samsung Galaxy S III (ARM Mali-400MP4 GPU), Samsung Galaxy Note II (ARM Mali-400MP4 GPU), Samsung Galaxy S III Min (ARM Mali-400MP GPU)i, Sony Xperia T (Qualcomm Adreno 225 GPU) and the Sony Xperia Z (Qualcomm Adreno 320 GPU).
The name 3DMark suggests that we're dealing with a GPU benchmark, and that's also the case for the most part. It does have a subscore that measures the power of the CPU for physics calculations (used in games), but it's not the focus as you will see later.