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AnTuTu March 2021: Black Shark 4 Pro takes the throne of best performing flaghip devices


We had a lot of new smartphones from Nubia, ASUS, OPPO, Black Shark launch in March 2021. As a result, the Top 5 of the Best performing flagship smartphone rankings of the AnTuTu benchmark has completely been jumbled from the February list. Among these, Black Shark 4 Pro manages to take the throne.

AnTuTu March 2021 best performing smartphones
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Right off the bat, AnTuTu puts out a disclaimer that the monthly test of best performing sm artphones and their rankings have been carried out on AnTuTu V8 version. It says that this might be the last list with V8 as V9 is already beginning to take the center stage.


The consideration of devices for the list and the period of statistics is fixed from March 1 to March 31, 2021. Also, the storage variant of all the flagship devices is fixed as 12GB + 256GB. As mentioned above, the Black Shark 4 Pro tops the chart with a whopping score of 765,579 points.

Following that, we have other new entrants like OPPO Find X3 Pro, RedMagic 6 Pro, ASUS ROG Phone 5, and Vivo X60 Pro+ grab the next 4 spots with 742,078, 741,100, 729,300, and 726,216 scores respectively to round up the Top 5.

It is interesting to note that only the X60 Pro+ from February 2021 list makes it to the Top 5 this time. Anyway, the next 3 spots are occupied by the ex-toppers like iQOO 7

(725,478), Redmi K40 Pro(719,798), Xiaomi Mi 11(710,581).

Again, the last two spots see new entrants from the Meizu 18 series- Meizu 18(710,459) and Meizu 18 Pro(698,611). To sum up, the entire list is occupied by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and the solo Kirin 9000-powered HUAWEI Mate40 Pro is ruled out.

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However, things are totally different for the mid-range devices. To my surprise, the list is almost the same as the February 2021 list with only a change in spot and overall in average scores.

That is, the Redmi 10X 5G leads the way with 399,923 points and the next four devices are Redmi 10X Pro 5G(396,906), Vivo S7t(393,918), HUAWEI nova 7 Pro(390,828), and HUAWEI nova 7(390,575).

The rest of the 5 are HUAWEI nova 8 Pro (388,995) and, HONOR 30 (386,045), HUAWEI nova 8 (385,489), HONOR X10 (359,867), and HONOR 30S (350,307).

If you look closely, the last 7 spots of mid-range devices is entirely dominated by the Kirin chipsets and only the Top-3 have MediaTek’s Dimensity. Sadly, no Snapdragon chipsets are in the vicinity and it shows how rivals have conquered this territory to end Qualcomm‘s dream run.



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