Snapdragon 600 - CPU Performance

With the low level look at Krait 300 out of the way, let's see how the One fares in our standard suite of Android based CPU tests.

We'll start with SunSpider 0.9.1, our trusty javascript performance test. 

Despite the low level improvements, HTC's One here doesn't offer any advantage over the APQ8064 based flagships from last year. I suspect what we're seeing here are limits of software/browser optimizations on the One rather than a conclusion about the performance of its hardware.

SunSpider Javascript Benchmark 0.9.1 - Stock Browser

Google Octane Benchmark v1

The One's standings improve as we look at Google's Octane test, effectively tying the performance of the Atom based Motorola RAZR i. The Exynos 4412 based Galaxy Note 2 continues to perform very well here, despite being built on older Cortex A9 hardware running at a slightly lower clock frequency.

Mozilla Kraken Benchmark

Kraken is likely the least optimized for javascript benchmark we have in our suite, which makes it (temporarily) interesting. There's also the fact that the benchmark is quite large and takes a while to run on all platforms, giving us some more useful results. Here the One is second only to the Cortex A15 based Nexus 10 tablet, which should be faster given its higher TDP and much beefier microarchitecture. Otherwise the One is the fastest Android device we've tested here.

BrowserMark 2.0

BrowserMark 2.0 goes back to having the GNote 2 on top in the phone space, nearly equalling the performance of the Nexus 10. The data is very strange but I don't have a good explanation for it, other than that we really need to move away from js based benchmarks as soon as good ones are available. The BrowserMark 2.0 performance of the One looks very similar to the iPhone 5.

Our two Vellamo benchmarks both show the One doing very well. In the HTML5 test, the One puts everything else to shame - including the old APQ8064 based Droid DNA and the Galaxy Note 2. The Qualcomm comparison is the more interesting as it echoes some of what we saw in the microbenchmarks - take into account the clock speed difference and you're looking at a 22% improvement in performance due to the new Krait 300 cores.

Vellamo Benchmark - 2.0

The Vellamo Metal score shows a smaller overall performance advantage (~11% if you take into account the clock speed difference), but still a measurable one nonetheless. Here we also see the Nexus 10 perform as expected:

Vellamo Benchmark - 2.0

Subjectively, the new Snapdragon 600 platform is appreciably quicker than the previous generation S4 Pro. The margin of improvement will really depend on the application you're using, but in terms of responsiveness the HTC One is among the best out today. The real question is how Qualcomm's latest will compare once Cortex A15 based SoCs begin shipping in phones, not just from a performance standpoint but taking into account power as well.


The One: Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 600 Snapdragon 600 - GPU Performance


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  • Thud2 - Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - link

    Irony, look it up. Reply
  • Flunk - Monday, April 22, 2013 - link

    A native speaker, probably, but it's a hell of a lot harder for people where English is their second language. Reply
  • MobiusStrip - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - link

    he also has a problem with capital letters you would think that using a shift key wouldnt be too hard since even elementary school children understand capitals but apparently its too easy to get online now Reply
  • leexgx - Saturday, May 04, 2013 - link

    Well i am going to get the HTC ONE (pre Order UK Orange, probably Wednesday 8th) and see how it goes, i really do like the front speakers but i still think battery mite be an issue but i may be more concerned about the GPS shutting down if the phone gets to hot (like the HTC One X does)

    Guess i can always sell the phone and get the Moto razr HD (or S4 maybe) but it is not much of an upgrade from the RAZR MAXX currently own (mostly faster CPU and little better screen +2600 bat) but i would really want the HD MAXX version (not for sale in UK......) just for the little bit more power to last the day if i have used it a lot, as the 2600 on the RAZR HD should be fine as the phone is not going to be pulling much power compared to S3/S4 or other random HTC phones incarnations
  • MobiusStrip - Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - link

    "if the phone gets to hot"

    What? How do you "hot" something? And why would the phone get to do it?
  • efeman - Friday, April 05, 2013 - link

    The depth of this review is astonishing. Excellent work, Brian. Reply
  • MilwaukeeMike - Saturday, April 06, 2013 - link

    Yes, it is. The word 'review' doesn't cut it. It's a comprehensive analysis. This site teaches you more about a product than like the rest of the internet combined. Reply
  • Sabresiberian - Sunday, April 07, 2013 - link

    This kind of review is why I come to Anandtech. :) Reply
  • PC Perv - Friday, April 05, 2013 - link

    Too many quality control issues from what I've read around the Web. I would wait out the first batches. Reply
  • Crono - Friday, April 05, 2013 - link

    I have to say that I am really drawn by the build quality and construction detail of the HTC One. Even if the specs of the S4 are marginally higher in certain areas, I prefer a device that feels solid and comfortable to hold. "Ergonomics" doesn't matter for my desktop, but for a cell phone it's almost first priority when all other things (camera quality, screen quality, CPU, etc.) are equal or close to equal on competing phones.

    I'm a Windows Phone user at the moment, but the One is bringing me over to Android. Pre-ordering right now on my carrier's website.

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