Mobile benchmarking firm Rightware has crowned the Lumia 1520 as the "Top Gaming Phone" after toping the Basemark X charts, outperforming the latest flagship from Samsung.
Posted March 8, 2014 by Steve Evans
The Lumia 1520 managed to score 6 percentage points higher in the Basemark X benchmark than the Samsung Galaxy S5. Photo Credit: Nokia.
Mobile gaming has come a long way since the days of Sodoku and Snake, and for those expecting a major breakthrough with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S5, you may be in for quite a surprise. Mobile benchmarking firm Rightware has published a set of benchmark results that illustrate the gaming powers of the Lumia 1520, placing it above the upcoming flagship from Samsung.
What is interesting to note is that the Lumia 1520 managed to score 6 percentage points higher in the Basemark X benchmark than the Samsung Galaxy S5 despite being powered by the slightly dated Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, compared to the Snapdragon 801 found in the Galaxy S5.
Since we are talking about gaming tests it is important to note that both devices feature the same Adreno 330 GPU, with the Snapdragon 801 being clocked slightly higher than the 800 chipset. In the Galaxy S5, the CPU is also clocked higher – meaning the stellar gaming performance offered by the Lumia 1520 is made entirely possible by more efficient software.
Android 4.4 supports OpenGL ES accelerated 3D graphics, while Window Phone uses Direct3D 9_3. One of the nice things about the Windows mobile operating system is that it offers a smooth user experience across all of its devices - something that is not always the case with Android, especially in lower end models.
The large 6-inch screen on the Lumia 1520 lends itself to a wider range of games than most windows handsets, opening up the possibility of graphic intensive titles that go beyond the simple puzzle games that are frequently associated with the mobile platform.
Outside of gaming, the Nokia Lumia 1520 still fared very well. In the overall Basemark OS II test, the Nokia phablet placed fifth, just behind the Apple iPhone 5s.