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.


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  • MobiusStrip - Sunday, April 07, 2013 - link

    Yeah, because on a 32 GB device, 16 GB is consumed by Microsoft's bloated hog of an OS.

    Sounds like a winner.
  • MobiusStrip - Sunday, April 07, 2013 - link

    Unfortunately the continued failure to put audio line-out jacks on Android phones makes them an inelegant pain in the ass for anyone who cares about music and sound.

    Actually, I can add the iPhone 5 to that complaint, since Apple royally bungled the new (disgracefully bad) dock connector.
  • danbob999 - Monday, April 08, 2013 - link

    You already have bluetooth, USB, and headphones out. Use one of the first two if you want quality. Reply
  • darwinosx - Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - link

    The new dock connector is excellent. Thin and small, carries audio, video, and data works great in the USB port of my car. Far more capable than microusb.You just don't know what you are talking about. Reply
  • darwinosx - Sunday, April 07, 2013 - link

    Well thats a really reliable source... Reply
  • nehway0912 - Friday, April 05, 2013 - link

    Samsung isn't the one who made the screen, JDI is. Samsung is the one who made the driver chip. Reply
  • Brian Klug - Friday, April 05, 2013 - link

    Ahh is that how you'd parse the string? That makes much more sense.

  • nehway0912 - Friday, April 05, 2013 - link

    Yes. xda has a thread about who the manufacturer behind the screen is. Reply
  • elmicker - Friday, April 05, 2013 - link

    Gold? I really don't think I've ever seen one of those awarded before. I don't even think I've seen any phone win any award before. And that's not even your highest accolade? What is the highest? Reply
  • Brian Klug - Friday, April 05, 2013 - link

    Platinum is highest, it's a new awards tier.


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