The Windows Phone 8.1 update is still rolling out to most Windows Phone 8 users, and there have been reports of increased lagging and the Resuming screen (likely attributable to that new Live Lock Screen beta). This has led W7tutorials to do a comprehensive benchmarking of a number of handsets before and after the update to clarify the issue.
They updated the Nokia Lumia 525, Lumia 620, Lumia 625 and Lumia 1320 and in most handsets found a significant improvement in basics such as CPU performance, data transfer rates from storage and data transfer in memory.
From the benchmarking some handsets saw improvements of as much as 18%, which is pretty impressive for a mere software upgrade.
Battery life was the only area were results were mixed with the Lumia 525, Windows Phone 8.1 lasted 23 minutes (11%) less, the Lumia 620, Windows Phone 8.1 lasted 11 minutes more (6%) while on the Lumia 625 it lasted 9 minutes (4%) more.
To summarize, when compared to Windows Phone 8.0, Windows Phone 8.1 delivers clear performance improvements in the following areas: data transfers to and from the storage space and boot timings. When it comes to graphics performance, things are mostly unchanged after making the upgrade.
In areas like CPU performance, RAM memory performance, web browsing performance and battery time, you may notice improvements on some devices while on others you may notice performance degradation.
Before you go, don’t hesitate to share with us your experience with Windows Phone 8.1. Did you get any performance benefits on your smartphone after upgrading? Let us know using the comments form below.
It is rare to have an OS update which makes existing handsets perform better (compared to Apple’s iOS updates which makes you want to buy a new device), so it is good to see Microsoft is maintaining their focus on making even affordable work well, rather than forcing the perpetual upgrade cycle.
See all the benchmarks in their full detail here.