The April update brings bug fixes, but also a nice performance improvement for the Google Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5.
Every month, Google offers an update for its Pixel smartphones. Usually these are bug fixes and security fixes only. The update for this month of April is however much more interesting if you own a Pixel 4a 5G or a Pixel 5. In the list of new features, we can read: ” performance optimization for some graphically demanding applications “. A statement that we wanted to put to the test with a few tests. The difference is astounding.
Up to 75% more performance
Being the owner of a Google Pixel 5, I wanted to do some tests to quantify this gain in performance. So I ran the 3DMark app with the Wild Life and Sling Shot Extreme tests before installing the update.
I then installed the April update and ran the same tests again to notice the difference.
As we can see, the result is not the same at all. On the very greedy 3DMark Wild Life test, the score goes from 943 points to 1645 points. The app itself recognizes the gain by indicating that the phone scores better than 99% of other Pixel 5s that did the same test.
The difference is also impressive on Sling Shot Extreme, where the score drops from 2153 points to 3329 points.
And at stake?
Benchmarks are useful for quantifying differences in power, but the real test is still a video game session. We ran the latest version of Fortnite for a few games, to see how the Pixel 5 behaves.
In his test, Manu indicated that he could run the game in epic quality (the highest offered), with aframerateoscillating between 26 and 30 FPS, with sometimes drops to 18 or 9 FPS in too busy scenes.
During my own games, with the update installed and with the same graphics quality, the game runs at 30 FPS very stable. I still noticed drops in framerate in more intense moments, but we fell to 15 or 20 FPS and not to 9.
It can still be annoying, especially in a competitive game, but we still see an improvement thanks to this update.