Benchmark your phone with PCMark

Martin Brinkmann
May 27, 2016
Google Android

PCMark is an excellent benchmark for Android that enables you to test your phone's performance, battery life and storage performance among other things.

Running benchmarks on a mobile device is not really something that is that interesting to most users unless they either want to test tweaks they made, compare different versions of an operating system or framework, or have multiple devices at their disposal that they want to compare.

While it can be useful to run a benchmark on first start, and compare it to benchmark runs in the future to find out how performance and battery life changed over time, it is not really useful for a one-time benchmark test.

This does not make benchmarks useless, and especially not if they provide comparison results from devices that other users of the application ran.


PCMark for Android Benchmark is a free application that is compatible with all Android 5.0 and newer versions.

The size of the initial app download is not that large but that is because the benchmarks are not included in that initial download.

The app ships with two benchmarks, work and storage, that you need to download before you can run them. Both benchmarks have a size of several hundred Megabytes and it is recommended to download the benchmarks when the device is connected to wireless Internet.

The work benchmark download includes a separate battery benchmark that you can run as well. The latter requires a charge status of at least 80% though for that.

Benchmarks run several minutes without user interaction with results being shown afterwards.

PCMark displays the score but gives a rating as well which is often more helpful. In addition to that, you may check benchmark scores of other devices to compare their performance to the device you ran the benchmark on.

The score and battery life of each device is listed by PCMark which is not only helpful when you compare your device to others, but may also be useful when it comes to new devices that you may purchase in the future.

Looking for a device with great battery life? PCMark's device comparison chart can help you with that. Need the fastest device? PCMark can help with that as well.

The work benchmark measures the devices overall performance and battery life by simulating every day tasks such as watching a video, browsing the web or editing photos. Tests use "real" apps when possible to reflect near real-world performance on the device.

The storage benchmark on the other hand measures internal and external storage performance, and database performance.

PCMark keeps a history of previous benchmark runs, but could make it a bit easier to compare your device's performance to other devices.

Your device's performance is not visible on the "best devices" screen which means that you have to look it up first and remember it to compare it to other devices.

Closing Words

PCMark is a specialized application for Android devices that enables you to measure your device's performance and battery life.

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  1. CHEF-KOCH said on May 28, 2016 at 10:30 am

    Martin… :)

    Maybe you could add something like a preview, I mean if you click on the image it ‘pops-out’ and you get the ability to use the mouse or keyboard controls to ‘scroll’ through images (if more as one is available). I like this because you see the images in higher quality if they ‘coming out’ and you directly see how many images this article contains since this feature also shows on top a small counter.

    CB is an example with such a function and I like this. Please see here:

    Maybe for WordPress something like this:

    Sorry for the off-topic and so, but I think it helps to improve the page quality and I think it’s worth to mention somehow.


  2. CHEF-KOCH said on May 27, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Nice, seems better as Antutu, since Antutu decided to fuck their own software up with latest v6. A lot of mess and the important information are not visible directly and we only want results so this should be on focus.

    I will give this a try because on PC it always worked very good. And from the screenshot (btw why you always only add one?) it looks good. Much details on the tab and a comparison.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on May 27, 2016 at 2:27 pm

      Actually, those are two screenshots in one image ;)

      What do others thing, should I try and add more screenshots to articles if it makes sense?

      1. Yuliya said on May 27, 2016 at 3:33 pm

        I like screenshots :) I think the number of them on this article and on the one about Windows Defender is appropriate, however on the JDownloader one it would have been useful one more, the settings page. It’s a program that I personally am not using (it’s the first time I hear about it really, and I generally use DownThemAll extension), but seeing the available customisation options I think it would have been useful.

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