News from December 2017

New languages for 3DMark

December 20, 2017

3DMark - The Gamer's Benchmark

Now available in Japanese, Korean, and Spanish

We've just released an update for 3DMark that adds new language options for Japanese, Korean, and Spanish. This brings the total number of supported languages to seven:

  • English
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Russian
  • Simplified Chinese
  • Spanish

To use one of these languages, update to the latest version of 3DMark following the prompts in the app, then choose your preferred language on the Options screen.

New 3DMark Android app gives you more than a score

December 18, 2017

3DMark Android benchmark for smartphones and tablets

We've redesigned our 3DMark Android benchmarking app with the goal of giving you much more than a score. 

The new 3DMark app is built around data-driven stories that help you learn more about your smartphone or tablet. With its unique charts, lists, and rankings, the new app gives you unprecedented insight into the performance of your device.

3DMark Android new UI

The new app helps you answer questions like,

  • Is my score a good score for this device?
  • What do other people with the same model score?
  • How has my device's performance changed with OS updates?
  • How does my device compare with other popular models?
  • Which devices can perform consistently without slowing down?

3DMark Android new UI results

Real-world performance revealed

Average benchmark scores are good for comparing devices, but 3DMark now goes further by showing you the full range of scores for each device in a unique new chart.

These charts, showing the range of results submitted by 3DMark users around the world, give you the complete picture of a device's performance outside of the test lab.

Looking at the chart below, for example, the peak shows the most common scores for the device. The higher the peak, the more results there are around that score value. In this case, you can see that all the results tend to fall in the same narrow range. This means the device performs consistently even when the benchmark is running under less than ideal conditions.

3DMark Android narrow score range

3DMark score range for a device with consistent performance.

In the next chart, however, we see a different performance profile. There are four distinct peaks spread over a wide range of scores. A chart with this shape tells you that, even though the device can score nearly as well as the first device, it cannot perform to that level consistently in real-world use.

3DMark Android wide score range

Score range showing levels in performance due to thermal issues.

The rightmost peak (1) shows the score the device can achieve under ideal conditions. Peaks (2) and (3) tell you that this device slows down when hot or when multitasking. Many devices tend to reduce performance in steps, and those steps are visible in the chart. Lower scores may also come from devices running an older version of Android. The leftmost peak (4) shows you that the device's real-world performance can sometimes be far below the optimum.

These charts are available in the app for every one of the almost 5,000 smartphones and tablets in our database. For each device, there is a separate chart for each 3DMark benchmark test.

There are sure to be some fascinating insights waiting to be discovered by comparing the charts for popular models. You can also use these charts to see if thermal issues are unique to a device or common to all models that share the same chipset.

Fast, responsive, and easy to use

With smooth animations and consistent interactions in an interface built on Material Design principles, the new 3DMark app is a breeze to use. The app is also faster and more responsive than ever. On older phones, for example, 3DMark now starts up to 85% faster than the previous version.

We've made it easy to save and share your results, comparisons, charts, and many of the other screens in the app. Whenever you see the share icon, tap it to save and share an image of the current screen.


3DMark is a free Android benchmark app available from Google Play.

Download 3DMark Android benchmark from Google Play

Check out our new technical guide for the Android version. It includes a guide to all the new features in the app as well as explaining what each test measures and how the scores are calculated.

New Vulkan benchmark test for Android

December 18, 2017

3DMark Android benchmark for smartphones and tablets

Our 3DMark benchmark app for Android smartphones and tablets now includes a Vulkan benchmark test.

Vulkan is a new graphics API that provides high-efficiency, low-level access to modern GPUs in a wide variety of devices from PCs to smartphones. APIs like Vulkan make better use of multi-core CPUs to streamline code execution and eliminate software bottlenecks, particularly for draw calls.

Games typically make thousands of draw calls per frame, but each one creates performance-limiting overhead for the CPU. Vulkan reduces that overhead, which means games and apps can draw more objects, textures, and effects to the screen to create richer, more immersive experiences.

3DMark Sling Shot Extreme Vulkan benchmark screenshot

3DMark Sling Shot Extreme benchmark test 

3DMark Sling Shot Extreme is a cross-platform benchmark with results that are comparable across APIs. Use 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme to compare flagship Android smartphones and tablets with the latest iPhone and iPad models. You can compare scores from Android devices using OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan with scores from Apple iOS devices using Metal.

In the Android app, you can choose to run Sling Shot Extreme using Vulkan or OpenGL ES 3.1 or both back-to-back.

Sling Shot Extreme tests the full range of API features including multiple render targets, instanced rendering, uniform buffers and transform feedback. The test includes volumetric lighting, depth of field and uses Compute Shaders for post-processing effects. For more details, we recommend reading our 3DMark Technical Guide, which explains exactly what's being measured and how the scores are calculated. 

3DMark Sling Shot Extreme Vulkan benchmark screenshot


The Vulkan part of Sling Shot Extreme requires Android 7.0 or later and a device that supports Vulkan. The OpenGL ES 3.1 part requires Android 5.0 or later and a device that supports OpenGL ES 3.1.

Please note that Vulkan drivers are still maturing. Devices that shipped with early Vulkan drivers may have stability issues in this new test. Vulkan performance on other devices may be lower than expected. Performance may improve with future Android OS updates.

When comparing scores across platforms, note that the test results reflect both hardware and software. APIs with low overhead, such as Vulkan and Metal, can deliver more performance than OpenGL ES even on devices with similar hardware.


3DMark is a free Android benchmark app available from Google Play.

Download 3DMark Android benchmark from Google Play



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