Why do flagship Android phones have higher Antutu scores than the latest iPhones?



I attend several smartphone launches and I have noticed a pattern. While launching flagship phones, Android phone brands compare their phones with iPhones. They usually compare RAM, battery capacity, and Antutu scores of their phones with other phones including iPhones. The iPhone 13 comes with an OLED display, 6GB RAM, a 12+12MP rear camera, and a 3240 mAh battery. Most mid-range and flagship Android phones have better specs sheets. So, comparing phones based on specs sheet will always give you an impression that the Android phone is superior. But there is a detailed explanation why you should stop doing specs comparisons of Android phones and iPhones.

Apple uses its own processors while Android phone makers use processors from other chipset makers such as Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Samsung. So, they talk about Benchmark scores to tell you that their phones are faster than the latest iPhone models. The iPhone 13 comes with Apple A15 Bionic which is certainly the most powerful smartphone chipset available in the market. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and MediaTek’s Dimensity 9000 are also flagship phone chipsets but not as powerful as A15 Bionic. If you compare these three chipsets based on the Antutu score, you will see something different.

Here are Antutu scores of these three chipsets

  • Snapdragon 8 Gen 1: 1033421
  • Dimensity 9000: 1013498
  • A15 Bionic: 792899

Antutu Benchmark scores tell you a different story. But there is a catch and don’t let Android phone makers fool you. There is a reason why you cannot compare the performance of iPhone and Android phones just by looking at benchmark scores.

The most important thing you should note is that there are different Antutu apps for Android and iOS. Both the apps have different software and test methods. Antutu app for iOS and Android use the same test scenarios but uses different APIs when running the GPU test. The scoring mechanism is also different for Android and iOS. So, the Antutu score of an Android phone is not directly comparable to the score of an iPhone. Antutu itself published a blog post detailing the same in the past.

If you want to compare Antutu scores, compare within the same system. Do not do a cross-platform comparison. You should also use the same version of the Antutu app for computing scores for comparison.

Even the camera sample comparisons you see are not always fair. These are not photos straight from the smartphone camera. Brands hire professional photographers for these photos. These photographers capture photos using smartphones and then do post-processing to make these photos even better.

I will also suggest you stop focusing on the specs sheet and give priority to experience. There are several YouTubers who call themselves gadget reviewers but don’t actually talk about the experience. They just talk about specs, compare specs, and tell you their verdicts based on their perceptions. Android phone makers are also running in a specs race without actually thinking about the experience.

Android vs iOS is a never-ending debate. If you have been using an Android phone for years, you may not feel comfortable with the iPhone in beginning. Sames goes for the person who switches to Android from iPhone. But the most obvious reason why iPhone is popular is not that it is a status symbol, but because of the experience. Most people comfortably use their iPhone for 3-5 years while a flagship Android phone starts having issues in less than 2 years. As a gadget lover, I use all kinds of gadgets. I personally keep an iPhone and a flagship Android phone for my two different numbers. If I say iPhone offers a better experience, it comes straight from my years of experience using both Android and iOS together.