The most powerful smartphones you can buy in South Africa

The second half of 2018 saw the arrival of impressive smartphones with cutting-edge hardware, from the Huawei Mate 20 Pro to Apple’s new iPhones.

The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xr are powered by Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset, which was classified as the most powerful smartphone chip in the world at launch.

Competitors have followed suit, with Huawei launching its Mate 20 Pro powered by the Kirin 980 processor and Samsung recently unveiling its Galaxy S10 with the Exynos 9820 Octa chipset.

Power

To determine which smartphones are the most powerful in South African, we compared AnTuTu benchmark scores for each device.

AnTuTu is a popular benchmarking application and measures a number of variables – from CPU performance to memory.

As shown below, we ranked the smartphones by CPU score, to filter by pure performance, and we excluded devices which are not available in South Africa.

It is important to note that there is currently no benchmark data available for Samsung’s Galaxy S10.

The most powerful smartphones you can buy locally, listed along with their AnTuTu CPU score, are shown below.


iPhone Xs – 130,106

iPhone XS

iPhone Xs
Operating System iOS 12
Processor Apple A12 Bionic
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB/256GB/512GB
Price R21,499

iPhone Xs Max – 128,835

iPhone Xs Max 1

iPhone Xs Max
Operating System iOS 12
Processor Apple A12 Bionic
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB/256GB/512GB
Price R23,699

iPhone Xr – 120,704

iPhone Xr 1

iPhone Xr
Operating System iOS 12
Processor Apple A12 Bionic
RAM 3GB
Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB
Price R15,999

Huawei Mate 20 Pro – 109,493

Huawei Mate 20 Pro header

Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Operating System Android 9.0
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 980
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Price R14,999

iPhone X – 101,477

iPhone X 1

iPhone X
Operating System iOS 12
Processor Apple A11 Bionic
RAM 3GB
Storage 64GB/256GB
Price R16,999

Xiaomi Mi 8 – 94,346

Xiaomi Mi 8

Xiaomi Mi 8
Operating System Android 9.0
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB
Price R8,999

OnePlus 6T – 92,674

OnePlus 6T
Operating System Android 9.0
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB/256GB
Price R11,999

OnePlus 6 – 92,021

OnePlus 6 1

OnePlus 6
Operating System Android 9.0
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB/256GB
Price R9,999

Samsung Galaxy S9+ – 89,059

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9+
Operating System Android 9.0
Processor Samsung Exynos 9810 Octa
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB
Price R15,999

Samsung Galaxy S9 – 89,049

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9
Operating System Android 9.0
Processor Samsung Exynos 9810 Octa
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB
Price R11,999

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