Popular emulator BlueStacks claims to provide six times faster performance when running Android software on a PC than a leading benchmarked smartphone.
BlueStacks was created back in 2009 by Jay Vaishnav, Suman Saraf, and Rosen Sharma. No other emulator has achieved quite the same level of success – even receiving investment from the likes of Samsung, Intel, AMD, Qualcomm, and more.
The emulator’s latest update, 4.0, looks set to add even more fans.
According to BlueStacks, the latest release is six times faster than a Galaxy S9+ with its AnTuTu score of 263,827. The PC, meanwhile, scored 1,651,840.
For context, the reference PC was no slouch with an eighth-generation Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, and a GeForce GTX 1070 GPU.
A mid-range laptop, the Asus X555UB-NS71, still beat even the fastest smartphone on AnTuTu (the Mi Black Shark scoring 289,415) with its sixth-generation Core i7, GeForce 940M, and 8GB of RAM – although not even by double, with a score of 438,947.
Nevertheless, it’s highly impressive for emulation. With Microsoft struggling to attract developers to build native UWP apps, it provides PC users with a way to access the latest Android apps with even greater performance than most Chromebooks.
Alongside the improved performance, BlueStacks also now allows users to run multiple instances – which includes the ability to play several games from different Google Play Accounts at once.