Windows 10 Mobile’s Edge browser benchmarks as well as Chrome and Firefox in Octane and Jetstream


On Windows 10 Mobile we do not have a wide choice of rendering engines, meaning the one we are stuck with needs to be pretty good.

With the Edge browser Microsoft has been stepping up their game, making a massive push towards full standard compliance and working to dethrone Chrome in the speed stakes.

Tech blog Rewritable have decided to benchmark the Microsoft Edge browser on the Lumia 640 running Windows 10 TP vs Motorola Moto G 4G with both Firefox and Chrome. As both devices have the Snapdragon 400 processor, Adreno 305 GPU and a 720P screen they felt this would be a good measure of the software and not the near identical hardware of the handsets.

Their results was quite interesting:

  • Octane: (A JavaScript test suite developed by Google)
    • Edge (Windows 10): 2522
    • Firefox 42 (Android 5.1): 2384
    • Chrome 46 (Android 5.1): 2284

As we can see the Edge on Windows 10 is the winner here, with a narrow margin. Somewhat surprising is that Firefox beats Chrome on it’s home turf.

  • Jet Stream: (A JavaScript test suite developed by Apple)
    • Firefox 42 (Android 5.1): 15.545
    • Chrome 46 (Android 5.1): 15.115
    • Edge (Windows 10): 14.919

Firefox continues to shine, but now Edge goes down to the third place, just slightly behind Chrome. But as with Octane it is a very tight race with close margins.

They conclude:

Based on these numbers however, it is clear that Windows 10 Mobile and it’s Edge browser can deliver similar browsing performance than Android, on hardware that very similar in terms of technology and price point. Google is considered to be the leader when it comes to web technologies and browsers, but the numbers show that Microsoft and Mozilla are actually very competitive.

Are our readers reassured, despite having only one rendering engine on board? Let us know below.