Few flagship phones launch today with performance with which you'd be disappointed, and thus our benchmark results that reveal which is the fastest phone or the most powerful phone become less relevant. Rather, consumers look to which phone offers the longest battery life, the best cameras or the coolest extra features, or they go with the brand with which they are most familiar or the phone they think looks the best. 

We all have our own opinions on which is the best smartphone, as is evident from the comments on our best smartphones 2016 and best Android phones 2016 articles.

But this doesn't mean benchmarks don't matter. For some people having "the best phone" is important, regardless of real-world usage. As such, we continue to run all smartphones that enter the PC Advisor Test Centre through our usual benchmarks, which look at processing performance, graphics performance, JavaScript performance and battery life. These tests include:

• Geekbench 3 (processing performance)
• AnTuTu 3D (processing performance)
• GFXBench T-Rex and Manhattan (onscreen graphics performance)
• JetStream (JavaScript performance)
• Geekbench 3 battery test (battery performance)

In the below bar chart you can see how the flagship phones for 2016 compare in terms of processing-, graphics- and JavaScript performance, plus battery life. If you're looking for which has the best camera see our separate article on Best phone camera 2016. We've also compared these phones on their audio performance - see Best audio phone 2016. For more details on the phones themselves and the unique features they offer, read our individual in-depth smartphone reviews:

Apple iPhone 6s review
Apple iPhone 6s Plus review
Apple iPhone SE review
HTC 10 review
Huawei Mate 8 review
Huawei P9 review
LG G5 review
Moto G4 review
Moto G4 Plus review
Nexus 6P review
OnePlus 3 review
Samsung Galaxy A7 review
Samsung Galaxy S7 review
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review
Sony Xperia X review
Sony Xperia Z5 review
Xiaomi Mi 5 review
Xiaomi Redmi 3S review

(We'll be adding the Galaxy Note 7 very soon, and are expecting two new iPhones and two new Nexus phones within the next month.)

Keep in mind while browsing our benchmark results that benchmark boosters are real, and there is little we can do about this. Benchmarks should always be taken with a pinch of salt (we've seen the same phones giving wildly varying results within minutes of each test), and used as only one factor in your purchasing decision.

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