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Windows 10 Mobile's Edge Browser Tested Against Firefox And Chrome: How Did It Do?

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Microsoft launched Edge, its new Web browser for Windows 10 operating system. The browser in Windows 10 Mobile has now been benchmarked alongside Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome.

Technology blog ReWritable used Octane and Jet Stream benchmarks to test the Windows 10 Mobile Technical Preview build 10586.11 on the Microsoft Lumia 640. Against the Lumia handset stood Android 5.1 Lollipop powered second-gen Motorola Moto G LTE.

Both the Lumia 640 and the Moto G LTE (second-generation) have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor under the hood. The handsets also have Adreno 305 GPU and a display resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels.

ReWritable conducted the benchmark tests three times and the results were reported based on the average score of all the tests. The screen lock timers of the handsets were disabled for the test.

The Octane benchmark measures a device's JavaScript engine performance. On this benchmark, the new Microsoft Edge scored 2,522 in comparison to the 2,384 score achieved by Firefox and 2,284 attained by Chrome.

However, Edge was outscored by both Chrome and Firefox in the Jet Stream test. Firefox scored 15,545, Chrome achieved a score of 15,115 and Edge at last position got 14,919 points.

ReWritable concluded that the benchmark tests were not 100 percent conclusive as some other components of the device such as memory chips may have impacted the results.

However, the results reflect that the latest Edge web browser and Windows 10 Mobile can deliver, specifically if put in comparison to Android.

"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," per ReWritable.

Windows 10 Mobile users with Edge may find the browser and Internet surfing speed much faster when compared to Windows phones running on Windows 8.1 and Internet Explorer.

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