Popular benchmark app Antutu has released its monthly global rankings of top-performing flagship Android smartphones for February 2023. The fastest Android phones on the international market are no surprise at all — not to us, at least.
Unsurprisingly, the top seven Android devices according to last month’s data are all based on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 5G chipset, which achieved higher scores than its closest rival, the MediaTek Dimensity 9000 Plus. The latter powers a few 2022 flagships, including the ASUS ROG Phone 6D and ROG Phone 6D Ultimate.
Leading the way and earning the top spot is the RedMagic 8 Pro Plus with a whopping average benchmark score of 1,304,235, followed by the Vivo X90 Pro Plus and iQOO 11. The Samsung Galaxy S23 series occupies the fourth to sixth spots, with the top-of-the-line Galaxy S23 Ultra claiming the No. 4 spot, as expected.
The last Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 phone included in the current rankings is the OnePlus 11, which is priced from P45,990 (around $833 converted) in the Philippines. The newest OnePlus flagship brings a slick, refreshed design, now with waterproofing, faster charging, and a circular camera module. Like its predecessor, it still comes with Hasselblad filters and color science.
Devices built around last year’s Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 also made it to the end of the list, including the Xiaomi 12T Pro and Redmi K50 Ultra, but only because there aren’t too many Gen 2-based models out there yet. We fully expect the recently announced Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro to earn their place in the rankings next month.
You may recall that the RedMagic gaming phone debuted in China in end-December 2022 with an under-display camera to go along with its ultra-slim bezels. Unfortunately, the RedMagic 8 Pro Plus isn’t officially available in the Philippines, but you can purchase the regular RedMagic 8 Pro with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage from the company’s local store on Lazada for P42,999. Globally, the base model starts at $649.
Moving on to sub-flagship smartphones, the MediaTek Dimensity 8200-powered iQOO Neo7 notched first place in the leaderboard, with an overall Antutu score of 854,527. Not lagging far behind, we find the vanilla Xiaomi 12T and Realme GT Neo 3, which placed second and third, respectively, and are based on the previous-gen Dimensity 8100.
The POCO X4 GT and Redmi K50i rounded out the top 5 in the category. Both phones are powered by the Dimensity 8100 platform, too. Considering the number of devices using older chipsets on this list, we expect it to change drastically in the upcoming months as more devices with newer processors make their way to global markets.
Over at the mid-tier space, Qualcomm dominated the segment with almost all handsets featured in the leaderboards relying on its Snapdragon 700 series chips. Nine out of 10 Android phones in the rankings are powered by either the Snapdragon 778G or Snapdragon 780G processor.
Only the Realme 10 Pro Plus 5G made it to the list with a non-Qualcomm chipset; the phone uses MediaTek’s Dimensity 1080 platform. In the Philippines, the Realme Pro Plus 5G starts at P19,999 ($362) for the base variant with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the top-end version with 12GB RAM and the same amount of storage costs P24,999 ($453).
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