Windows 11 Android app benchmarks leave more questions than answers

Microsoft recently delayed the launch of Android app support on Windows 11. While everyday users may have to wait a bit longer to use their favorite apps on Microsoft’s new operating system, the feature is still on the way. Now, alleged Geekbench 5 scores for the Windows Subsystem for Android, which powers Android app support on Windows 11, have appeared online (via Bleeping Computer).

The benchmarks show a wide range of configurations testing out the Windows Subsystem for Android. Geekbench lists some setups with “Qualcomm ARMv8” processors and others with placeholders. Core counts of tested systems range from eight cores to 20 cores. As you’d expect from such a wide range of systems, scores range drastically.

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If these benchmarks are accurate, some PCs shouldn’t have any trouble running Android apps well on Windows 11. For comparison, the Galaxy S21 got a Geekbench 5 single-core score of 1,048 and a multi-core score of 3,302 in Tom’s Guide’s tests. Though even if the figures are accurate, Android Central’s Jerry Hildenbrand explains that benchmarks are a horrible way to gauge performance.

Benchmarks like these often leave more questions than answers, which is the case here. There’s no way to guarantee that these benchmarks are accurate or even genuine. Additionally, we don’t know the exact configurations of the systems used for the benchmarks, so we can’t properly compare them to other setups. Also, Android support for Windows 11 isn’t completed yet, so the feature may yield better scores when it’s finished.

These benchmarks were spotted shortly after a listing in the Microsoft Store for the Windows Subsystem for Android was spotted online. It’s worth noting, however, that at least some of the information on that listing was incorrect. It mentioned support for Xbox consoles in its minimum requirements, which is incorrect (the listing no longer mentions Xbox consoles).