AnTuTu, one of the most popular benchmarking outfits around, has released their awards for the end of 2014, consolidating the data uploaded to their servers by users who benchmark their phones using the AnTuTu app. Lo and behold, a China-made phone reigns the top rankings, sporting a MediaTek processor. Well, that’s surprising.

The Meizu MX4 – launched September 2014 – is, according to benchmarks, the best performing phone in 2014, averaging an AnTuTu rating of above 47700, with a spec list consisting of the octa-core MT6595 processor, a PowerVR G6200 GPU chip, 2GB of RAM, a 5.3-inch 1080p IPS display, all running on Android 4.4 KitKat. Close behind was the Google Nexus 6, averaging just over 47000 benchmark points. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, and the OnePlus One, complete the top 5. See the chart below for the top 10.


Also in the data for the benchmarking app’s annual report is the popularity of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 805 SoC (system-on-chip) as a flagship processor. Seven devices in the top 10 utilize this chip, and although they may not be the best performing one, it’s a testament to the street cred of Qualcomm that most brands choose their cores to use in their devices.


Also, the annual report shows the still strong standing of Korean manufacturer Samsung in creating top performing devices. They have 2 devices in the top 5, with the Samsung Galaxy S5 rounding up tenth place in the table. Three top performers out of 10 isn’t bad at all, considering that Samsung gave so much market ground away in the mid-range and entry-level markets to the Chinese manufacturers.


Speaking of China-based outfits, they really did take on the world – proving that they can slug it out with the big boys. The fact that Meizu’s MX4 is the best performing phone of the year is testament to how far they have come. 5 of the top ten phones in AnTuTu’s power chart are from Chinese manufacturers.


Lastly, we also saw in 2014 the return of Motorola into the top 10 list – being the manufacturer of the Google Nexus 6. It’s strange not seeing the over-powered DROID Turbo in the list, but we have to understand that AnTuTu’s data is basically crowd-sourced, so they only get what the app users give them.

Looking forward to a great year in smartphones this 2015.