When you're looking to see just how capable your Android hardware is, Futuremark's 3DMark is one benchmarking app that will let you know real quick. Fire it up, see how smoothly you device can handle a beautifully rendered scene, and walk away with a better idea of where your phone or tablet sits in the global hierarchy of things.
Well, after the latest update, I should probably say set-top box as well. You can now run 3DMark on Android TV.
3DMark offers a new graphics benchmark video test intended for devices running Android 5.0 or later, and it supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and above. Run ES 3.0 if you want to compare your high-end device to an iPhone or iPad. ES 3.1 is better for ranking flagship Android phones against one another.
Sling Shot, as the new test is called, renders at 2560 by 1440. It then scales down to your device's resolution. If you're running ES 3.0, that renders at 1920 by 1080 instead. Those of you who use 3DMark to test PCs may notice that the video looks familiar. That's because it's a lighter version of the Cloud Gate test. Here the assets and rendering have been adapted so that your mobile device doesn't melt.
Is that all? Well, no. The changelog mentions a few other things, such as a new Russian translation. But after you glance at that, yeah, we're done here.
- New Sling Shot benchmark for testing OpenGL ES 3.1 and OpenGL ES 3.0 performance of compatible devices running Android 5.0 or later.
- New hardware monitoring chart shows how CPU clock frequency, CPU usage, temperature and battery charge changed while the benchmark was running.
- 3DMark now recommends the best benchmark for your device.
- Save storage space by installing only the benchmark tests you need.
- Improved UI makes choosing benchmarks easier.
- Android TV support lets you benchmark set-top boxes and smart TVs.
- Russian localization.
Just kidding, here's an official link to download the APK directly. Or you can get it from the Play Store below.
Okay, now we're done.