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[Update regarding our benchmarks score: the initial results from our Sony Xperia were too high. After we did the benchmark 10 more times, it averaged out to around 29495.]

For the pure hardware evangelists amongst us, benchmarks matter. For those among you that got hooked on the great GHz race between AMD and Intel in the nineties and early 2000’s will know that numbers matter – to some.

When it comes down to real world performance, we’ve seen devices with substantially less ‘power’ under the hood still offer the user a butter smooth, polished and pleasurable Android experience. This is because software and the OS itself play a large role in determining the efficiency of how our devices perform. And while this is a gross oversimplification, it still works.

Though it is worth saying in a very clear manner that LG’s G2 is arguably the fastest device we’ve had our hands on in a while. Let’s have yet another refresher on the specs, shall we?

LG G2 official specifications

Display5.2-inch IPS LCD, Full HD (1920 x 1080), 424 ppi, 2.65mm bezel
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, quad-core Krait 400 @ 2.26GHz, Adreno 330 GPU
RAM2GB, Graphic RAM
Battery3000 mAh non-removable
Cameras13 MP rear, OIS, autofocus, LED flash, sapphire glass, 2.1 MP front
ConnectivityNFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, microUSB, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE
OSAndroid 4.2.2, Optimus UI
Dimensions138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9mm, 140g

What’s your score in Antutu, bro? 

LG G2 Benchmarks 2013 Snapdragon 800

Credit: Droid-life

While certainly not the highest score we’ve ever seen, it still impresses. Most recently, Samsung was chastised by veritable technology reporting powerhouse, Anandtech, when they discovered code that ‘optimized’ certain processes within the Galaxy S4 that translated into even juicier numbers. Now, at LG’s event in New York, we were told not to run benchmarks as the G2’s software was ‘un-optimized,’ which is likely to be the truth. Thankfully, benchmarks have leaked out and show that LG’s new flagship, the G2, is a very, very powerful device indeed.

Check out this neat infographic that shows the state of performance on some of the more impressive Android devices released of late.

We’ll be getting an LG G2 in the lab very soon, and will be sure to subject it to a huge battery of benchmarks (oh the irony). Let us know what to look for, and what you think of the new Snapdragon 800 SoC!

Darcy LaCouvee
Darcy is the editor in chief at Android Authority. He follows the latest trends and is extremely passionate about mobile technology. With a keen eye for spotting emerging trends and reporting them, he works hard to bring you the best analysis, updates, and reports on all things Android. Darcy lives and breathes the latest mobile technology, and believes Android will be on a billion devices in the not too distant future.
  • kascollet

    15% higher frequency than the GS4’s S600 and only 5% higher score… with a more powerful SoC (S800 vs S600) ????
    Something is very wrong here.

    • MasterMuffin

      S800 should get over 30000 in AnTuTu, so it’s clear that that’s not the final product firmware

  • YoungHermit

    Can’t wait for the Exynos 5420 Note III! I’m sure it’ll be better than the LG G2 (if Samsung doesn’t game with the benchmarks)

    • MasterMuffin

      They need to do some serious changes for it to be better than G2 (unless bigger means better).

      Edit. Let me rephrase that: Note 3 has to be seriously better than S4 and preferably different for it to be better than G2

      • Ivan Myring

        I think they could get the octa to be better. The new version with the updated GPU should be faster (clock speed wise) and have a more revised design

        • MasterMuffin

          He was talking about Note 3 being better than G2, I was talking about that not the performance

          • Ivan Myring

            I think the software features of touchwiz are more diverse, and useful (well, some of them) and I like the big screen and spen. Samsung tends to support their flagships better than LG. Also AMOLED=NICE
            Also him mentioning benchmarks and SOCs was misleading

          • MasterMuffin

            AMOLED=NICE (Y)

            If Note 3 is just a big S4 (like N1 and N2 were bigger models s2 and s3), it really just isn’t as G2 IMO

          • YoungHermit

            the G2 is an amazing phone, no doubt. IPS, OIS, the buttons and everything. But I read a post a few months ago about some guy at Samsung who said that the Note 3 will not look like the S4. Anyway, the G2 is MUCH better than the S4, but Samsung is better than LG (I’m talking about support and everything). Nevertheless, LG did a GREAT job and I’m looking forward to buying the Nexus 5

          • MasterMuffin


          • Jaun Lombard

            It will be a big S4…why change the one phone in your portfolio, but like the Note 2 after the S3, came out with better spec and software…

            I just hope the Note 3 looks like the leaks with the sharp edges, but not holding my breath…at least if the Note 3 is plastic…the G2 fanboys can’t complain as the back of the G2 is also very shiny plastic…

          • YoungHermit

            Personally I love TouchWiz, except for the UI. The colors (not AMOLED) are awful: Gingerbread greens, a lot of grays. The UX and its features are great, just not the icons and the colors.

          • jamesinkorea

            I hate Touchwiz. It’s full of useless half-baked gimmicks – half of which don’t even work properly. Also, Touchwiz is a buggy memory-hog which makes the phone lock up and crash way to often.

          • YoungHermit

            The UX is fine, but, like I said, the UI is awful. I also like vanilla android but I don’t know how to flash ROMs and all so I’m stuck with the ugly icons and colors.

          • Ivan Budiutama

            umm nova launcher?

          • Jaun Lombard

            The Optimus UI offers the same software and looks…

  • Farbod

    What’s the difference between the processor in this and the z ultra which makes the ultra a lot higher in benchmarks

    • Magnetic1

      Could be bigger and faster ram? Since gpu and cpu share ram memory higher resolution may not score as high as the one with lower screen resolution.

      • Amadeus Klein

        That and probably the fact it’s not the final firmware… If they just put a beta firmware on it to make it work then it won’t be at it’s full potential, I wouldn’t trust the benchmarks until someone does them with a retail model in hand…

    • OMGgary

      Maybe Samsung helped Sony with the benchmark optimisations of the Z Ultra ;-)

    • Roberto Tomás

      the Z Ultra is listed here on this page in the second image as getting just a bit above this phone’s score in antutu, maybe 28k, and not the ~35k they were getting earlier.
      either this is antutu 4.0 and no one bothered to mention it, or as Darcy LaCouvée says above, it is perhaps a firmware change that significantly toned down the s800.

  • Dave

    Xperia Z Ultra – S800 – 2.15 GHz – 34758
    LG G2 – S800 – 2.26 GHz – 27750


    • Pre-production firmware is the only reasonable reason.

      • Farbod

        Reasonable reason… Lol

    • George

      Also sony lies about benchmark results so i wouldn’t bet the Xperia Z Ultra can score so high.

      • Christopher Teague

        Antutu doesn’t lie

        • George

          Probably you are unaware that Antutu scores can be modified easily.

          • Christopher Teague

            Mine aren’t though infact my device isn’t even rooted

          • dinbe

            Haven’t you heard that samsung did something to its s4 firmware so that it boosts the performance in benchmarking? Sony might have done similar things

          • Christopher Teague

            True, but until it’s been proven lm sticking with it, besides the screen and build feel are incredible, so happy to be rid of Samsung plastic!

      • Rhino”

        lol lg stated the software was not optimized and the site you listed even said it was probably from not being optimised or as they say r pre-release bugs…all phones get initial patches htc one had a few even s4 had a few which fixed some of the earlier lags and problems it suffered from.. so id get off you high horse and stop trolling when you havent even held the device or used it for a short time…people like you that put new people off buying these phones.

        edit..oh and by the way every hands on i have watched and thats quite a few, they all state no lag and blazing fast.

    • Christopher Teague

      34384 mine got but a whopping 18375 on quadrant

    • G2forme

      Update regarding our benchmarks score: the initial results from our Sony Xperia were too high. After we did the benchmark 10 more times, it averaged out to around 29,495.

  • BB BB

    That’s nuts how did it score so low? Optimized or not it should have better raw performance. Maybe its that G2 UX.

  • Roberto Tomás

    not sure why we are still using AnTuTu, with all of the recent problems from 2.9 through 3.3.1

  • Balraj

    Handy device..I like what they did to the power/volume buttons..enhancing android
    Device to beat..
    Now only if some good 3rd party ppl make one stylus for it :-)
    Overall a very good phone :-)

  • Balraj

    Why are people talking about Samsung -.-
    When the article is about LG !!!

    • Nathan Borup

      Because samsung’s Galaxy S4 has become the performance standard… It was the best smartphone out on the market… until G2

  • blowntoaster

    not much better than a 600mhz lower clocked S4 Octa. wonder what the Note 3 will bring with the new 5420 chipset.

  • uriil

    Can anyone clarify one thing for me?… Features list here says 16/32Gb expandable memory, but according to others, only Korean version will get microSD slot.

  • JoelTheJoel

    Sorry to interrupt but there is a mistake…
    My sgs4 (Octa) got on Antutu 28,654….

  • xuniltoor

    Say what you want but I a have played with G2 for last 24 hours and it is a bad boy. It will spank just about anything. Suck it up Sammy Sung.

  • Eddy

    The G2 is easily a competitor for every other high-end smartphone out there. The “weird” button layout works for us, and it’s paired with some smart touch functions that are well thought out. The phone looks and feels great, and just works as a smartphone should.