3DMark’s new Sling Shot Android benchmark will crush your phone and make you cry

When you need a graphical benchmark that does more than just test visual output, you can go to 3DMark’s Android benchmark, a new app you can find in the Google Playstore to see what your device is made of. This little software will create an intense graphical test by making one full 3D environment that will become the tech demo to measure performance of competing components of a device. If you have a PC or a lapto and you used 3DMark at least once, you kinda know what this is all about and how it works.





The app already has an alternative version that tests physics engine accuracy, frames per second and power output for example, only in a different visual effect with a new name: Sling Shot. This time we’re not talking about a huge space battle, but a sort of stargate thingy that looks as if it was just taken out of EVE Online. This new version is also more precise and it has more graphic effects and higher polygon counts. This app puts last year’s flagships to the ground, including Nexus 6, and it prepares the ground for revolutionary flagships of 2015 and beyond. How does your device fare in a test?

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PCMark enters Google PlayStore – test your tablet or smartphone performance for free

3DMark the Android version is now accompanied by Futuremark’s PCMark which can be found for free on the Google Play Store. The app will analyze the overall performance of your tablet or smartphone in comparison to 3DMark which gives a rating to your GPU.





Even if it doesn’t have the most intuitive name now, PC Mark does a good job and in the end gives you a number which may be useful (at least for boasting your smartphone in front of your friends). You will have to download a 400 MB test file after you install the app itself and, after it obtains the necessary data, the app will assess performance and work battery life test readings. Even if at the moment there are not many different tests you can do, in the future more types of tests are to come.


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The work test addresses document editing, web browsing and photo editing for example. In order to run the work battery life test you will need at least 80% battery.




At the moment, PCMark tests place Tegra processors at the top of the list along with Snapdragon 801 and some Exynos variations. All the newest processors are pretty close in results though.


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