Antutu Benchmark v7 Released: New 3D Test Scenes and New UI Design
We’re excited to announce that Antutu Benchmark v7 is finally available now!
After hundreds of days of hard work, Antutu Benchmark v7 is finally ready for you. Compared to v6, v7 has many optimizations and updates, with brand-new UI design and stunning new 3D test scenes aimed at offering users better mobile benchmarking experience.
1. Simpler UI Design
Antutu v7 adopted a simpler and fresher UI design style with blue and white as background color.
Apart from the change in color usage, the layout of the interface has also been changed. The standalone info page in v6 is replaced with My Device section in v7, leaving only the test page and ranking page in v7.
The test page is optimized and divided into two parts. The upper part is designed to display the test button and show the overall score with large font, which is more eye-catching. The lower part mainly consists of some feature tests, such as device verification and stress test.
In fact, unlike in v6, you can find all the benchmark tests in a single screen in v7. Users could find the particular test which they prefer to run directly with no need to scroll down the screen, significantly improving the usability of the product.
With new benchmark tests added to Antutu v7, the benchmarking process and scoring mechanism has changed. In order to ensure a fair comparison, we need some time to collect the scores of v7 before revealing the first best performance winner on Antutu v7.
2. More Humanized Features
In Antutu v7, we introduced some humanized features including temperature monitor and CPU load monitor aimed at helping users know deeper into their devices. The new features allow users to get a reading of their devices’ real-time battery temperature, CPU load and CPU clock rate as well as historical battery state changes and CPU load changes.
3. Updated Benchmarking Process
(1) Brand-new 3D Test Scenes
In the GPU test section, we included two new 3D test scenes in Antutu benchmark v7, Refinery and Coastline, to test gaming performance and limits of GPU performance.
At a time when chip makes pursuing to increase GPU performance of mobile chips, especially when top-level mobile GPUs such as Adreno 540 and Mali-G71 are launched and more features and APIs can be supported, the 3D images of smartphones can display more features with higher efficiency which can better reflect the gap between high-performance chips and middle to low performance chips. Antutu feels an urgent need to update 3D test scenes.
The new test scenes have higher requirements for device capabilities. For Android system, Refinery requires support for OpenGL ES 3.1+Android Extension Pack API while Coastline requires support for OpenGL ES 3.0 and above. The benchmark automatically detects the API level supported by a device and runs the relevant 3D tests.
Let’s check out the features of the new 3D test scenes.
Refinery is a high-stress 3D test with a high demand on image quality even to the extent of PC level. We will show you the improvements in graphics effects brought by the new features utilized in the new test scenes by comparing a few images.
Tessellation: Utilizing GPU hardware acceleration, the triangles of 3D models can be broken down into finer pieces, making the surface and edge of the objects rendered smoother with enhanced details. This technology has been widely utilized in the DirectX 11 and OpenGL 4.0 of PC, and is an important update for OpenGL ES3.2, the standard mobile 3D graphics API.
In Refinery scene, with tessellation, the steam-powered wheel looks smoother with greater detail. On the other hand, without tessellation, the wheel looks more like a polygon.
In Coastline scene, we can see clearly that tessellation adds texture to the starfish, making them look more lifelike.
Shadow: shadow test has already existed in Antutu Benchmark since v6. In Refinery scene, we enhanced shadow effects.
From the two images above, we can see the with shadow technology applied, the 3D test scene is presented with significant shadow effects, making the image look richer and more realistic.
Antutu expects to present to users the effects that mobile games can achieve in the near future with the new 3D test scenes, while for some older or low-end chips which could not support the new features, Antutu includes the classic Marooned scene of the precious version, which we believe is very familiar with Antutu users.
(2) New UX Tests
In the UX test of v7, we added three user experience tests, including scroll delay test, WebView rendering test and QR code recognition test.
Scroll delay test measures the scrolling fluency of a device by modelling real-world scrolling scene and performing scrolling up and down tasks.
WebView rendering test measures WebView performance of a device by performing common daily tasks such as web browsing and page viewing.
Scanning QR codes has become one of the most common use cases for mobile users, therefore we included QR code recognition test in v7, making the benchmark results more practical.
The test suite comprehensively measures device performance from four major aspects, including GPU, MEM, CPU and UX. Each aspect is measured with multiple subtests. In particular, MEM performance is divided into RAM performance and ROM performance which is measured by performing tasks including RAM speed, random access, and sequential access.
Having learned about all the new features of v7, you might be eager to try the new version and find out more surprises by yourself. The Android version is now available for download on Google Play Store and Antutu official website.