We are no strangers to benchmark apps here at Android Community, as it's one of many different ways we test performance and battery life for powerful smartphones and tablets. One group many might not be as familiar with is FutureMark and their extremely popular PC suite of benchmark apps. Recently they've announced their brand new program simply called 3DMark, and it will be the ultimate cross-platform mobile benchmark application for Android and iOS.
FutureMark has been very popular with PC gamers testing their latest and greatest NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 graphics cards, Intel Core i7 quad-core processors, 32GB of RAM and everything else PC gamers do these days. I can't talk because my PC is watercooled, and who can forget the old 8800GT days. However, now that same level of benchmarking precision and knowledge is coming to Android and all of our favorite mobile devices.
Earlier this week FutureMark released their brand new 3DMark Benchmark suite, but currently it only works for Windows. Their new suite has three different tests and "maps" to test hardware, but one will be designed specifically for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone. The map and test will be called Ice Storm and will be cross-platform. We'll be able to compare the latest Samsung Exynos-powered tablet to upcoming iPads -- fun. Check out the demo below:
The Android benchmark from 3DMark looks pretty impressive to say the least, and will certainly tax the highest end of smartphones and tablets to the fullest. In the past you've been able to post scores online, compare with others, and share to social networks. We're expecting the same sort of options for their Android benchmark app and can't wait to give it a try. It will be interesting to see how scores are tallied and compared with other OS versions, different screen sizes, and varying resolution displays. FutureMark hasn't announced when the mobile benchmark will become available, but we'll update when we hear more.