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PCMark for Android wants to make benchmarks reliable again

PCMark for Android wants to make benchmarks reliable again

Tech sites and techies are suckers for benchmark tests, despite a few scandals that rocked that scene a few years back. While not to be taken as absolute truth, these suite of performance tests and numbers do at least give us some reference points to talk about. But there are times when benchmarks don’t exactly match real-world performance. Which is why in the updated PCMark for Android app, developers Futuremark claim to use even more real-world tasks to measure your Android device’s actual capabilities.

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DxOMark gives iPhone 7 high scores, still at #3

DxOMark gives iPhone 7 high scores, still at #3

In contrast to some early reviews that panned the new iPhone 7’s photography chops, the seasoned testers at DxOMark still crowned Apple’s latest smartphone with high scores. The iPhone 7, in particular, was called Apple’s best yet. The one caveat, however, is that while the iPhone 7 did get an overall score of 86, beating out the iPhone 6s Plus’ 84, that still landed this year’s model only in 3rd place, behind 6 other smartphones in DxOMark’s growing list of smartphones with outstanding cameras.

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iPhone 7, 7 Plus batteries revealed, A10 chip tops the charts

iPhone 7, 7 Plus batteries revealed, A10 chip tops the charts

Apple is not one to talk about hard specs, preferring to use market-speak in words that regular consumers would presumably understand better, words like “x times faster” or “n hours longer”. Usually it’s up to third-party sites and benchmarks to verify, or even refute, such claims. Despite some rather controversial features, or the lack of them, the iPhone 7 and the larger iPhone 7 Plus seems to at least deliver on the promise of a better battery life and a more powerful processor.

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Moto Z Force Droid camera is second best, claims DxOMark

Moto Z Force Droid camera is second best, claims DxOMark

Cameras have become a critical aspect of smartphones for the past year or so, to the point that now almost every new flagship is waiting in line for a DxOMark verdict. While definitely not the only game in town, the name has become synonymous with digital camera benchmarks. Which is why Lenovo, Moto, and Verizon should count themselves fortunate that the site has just given the Moto Z Force Droid the second highest score so far, second only to the HTC 10 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge and surpassing any of Apple's iPhones.

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Meizu MX6 hits Geekbench packing Helio X20 ten-core processor

Meizu MX6 hits Geekbench packing Helio X20 ten-core processor

The Meizu MX6 smartphone isn't set to get an official announcement until July 19. Ahead of that official announcement, someone who has their hands on the device already just couldn't resist a run through Geekbench to taut those looking forward to the device with its deca-core processor. Specs grabbed by Geekbench show that the ARM MT6796 Helio X20 processor runs at 1.39GHz with all ten cores.

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OnePlus 3 is king of AnTuTu’s Top 10 smartphones for 2016

OnePlus 3 is king of AnTuTu’s Top 10 smartphones for 2016

OnePlus may be having a bit of a hard time since it launched the OnePlus 3 last month, but it has gotten some reprieve in at least one corner. Popular benchmark maker AnTuTu has just released its chart for the Top 10 Performance Smartphones for the first half of 2016, and the OnePlus 3 is leading the pack, tough not by a wide margin. Considering the criticism the smartphone got over its less than desired RAM management, some might actually doubt those results.

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LG G5 gets a solid 86 from DxOMark, lands in 5th spot

LG G5 gets a solid 86 from DxOMark, lands in 5th spot

Unlike the previous two flagships, the LG G5 focused more on modularity than on digital photography. That, however, doesn't mean that the somewhat modular smartphone is in any way a flop when it comes to its camera. In fact, DxOMark gives it a rather high score of 86, for its reliable performance in still photography and a more or less balanced video recording ability. Placed 5th in the overall smartphone ranking, the LG G5's camera prowess very well makes the CAM Plus module a worthwhile purchase.

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Smartphones with 6GB RAM top Antutu’s May performers

Smartphones with 6GB RAM top Antutu’s May performers

When smartphones, led by the iPhone 5s in 2013, started marching towards 64-bit processors, there was a lot of talk around RAM sizes greater than 4 GB. Of course, that was one of the most obvious consequences of the new CPU architecture, but back then it was still more of a hype. This year, we're starting to see the first batch of smartphones with that much RAM inside, heralding the new high-end flagship baseline. But is it worth it already? Going by AnTuTu's Top 10 Performance devices in May, maybe not so much yet.

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DxOMark puts Moto G Plus at #9 in photography lineup

DxOMark puts Moto G Plus at #9 in photography lineup

In previous years, the only time you really get to hear about a smartphone's camera performance was in a review, sponsored or otherwise, days or weeks after the device goes to market. But with mobile photography taking on a more central role in smartphones today, you just can't get those reviews soon enough. That is why some OEMs like Lenovo have taken to DxOMark to provide that much needed "professional" verdict right on Day 1. And luckily for Lenovo and Motorola, the Moto G (or G4) Plus took away a rather glowing review that put it within the top 10 smartphones in DxOMark's list.

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Nextbit Robin “cloud phone” has a “nice” camera, says DxOMark

Nextbit Robin “cloud phone” has a “nice” camera, says DxOMark

Smartphone cameras have become so important these days that almost every notable flagship gets or awaits an appraisal from the likes of DxOMark. That said, not all new smartphones make a wave on the excitement scale, either because the device doesn't even have the hardware for a decent test or, sometimes, because the manufacturer has its focus elsewhere. The Nextbit Robin might be a prime example for the latter. Considering the novelty of the idea, Nextbit is spending its attention and resources on the smartphone's cloud spiel. So imagine the slight surprise in finding out its camera is quite capable as well.

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Huawei P9 Max leak points to 3GB of RAM, 6.9-inch screen

Huawei P9 Max leak points to 3GB of RAM, 6.9-inch screen

Huawei is working on some new smartphones and over the last several months the devices have turned up on benchmark sites giving us a glimpse at what hardware hides inside. A new leak has turned up that shows the Huawei P9 Max as captured when it went through the GFXBench program. The big feature with this device is a massive 6.9-inch screen, but that screen only has 1920 x 1080 resolution.

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Xiaomi Mi 5 tops AnTuTu’s Q1 2016 performance chart

Xiaomi Mi 5 tops AnTuTu’s Q1 2016 performance chart

The first quarter of the year has come and gone and we've already seen a handful of smartphones make their way to the market. In addition to last year's latecomers, that makes up enough data for a smartphone muscle showdown. And who better to give the results than one of the most used benchmarking tools in the market, AnTuTu. Sure, there's still some debate on the value or even accuracy of such benchmarks. But, at least when used with the exact same tool under the exact same conditions. those scores could give some interesting results, like how the Xiaomi Mi 5 just barely surpasses the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.

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