Snapdragon 801 Performance

The M8 is the first smartphone we’ve tested to use Qualcomm’s newly announced Snapdragon 801 SoC. At a high level the 801 is a frequency bump enabled by a 28nm HPm process push, giving it a tangible increase in performance (and potential decrease in power consumption) compared to the outgoing Snapdragon 800. The table below compares the 801 variants to the Snapdragon 800:

Snapdragon 800/801 Breakdown
  SoC Version Model Max CPU Frequency Max GPU Frequency ISP eMMC DSDA Memory IF
MSM8974VV v2 S800 2.2GHz 450MHz 320MHz 4.5 N 800MHz
MSM8974AA v2 S800 2.3GHz 450MHz 320MHz 4.5 N 800MHz
MSM8974AB v2 S800 2.3GHz 550MHz 320MHz 4.5 N 933MHz
MSM8974AA v3 S801 2.3GHz 450MHz 320MHz 5.0 Y 800MHz
MSM8974AB v3 S801 2.3GHz 578MHz 465MHz 5.0 Y 933MHz
MSM8974AC v3 S801 2.5GHz 578MHz 465MHz 5.0 Y 933MHz

In most parts of the world the M8 will ship with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801. In Asia/China however we’ll see the 2.5GHz MSM8974AC v3 SKU instead.

Compared to the outgoing Snapdragon 800, peak CPU performance shouldn’t increase all that much. What we may see however is an improvement in power efficiency thanks to the improved 28nm HPm process.

It’s really the GPU that will see the largest increase in performance. With a maximum speed of 578MHz and paired with faster LPDDR3-1866 memory, we should see up to a 30% increase in GPU bound performance over Snapdragon 800 designs.

- Physics

Snapdragon 801 vs 800 vs 600
  HTC One (M8) - Snapdragon 801 Google Nexus 5 - Snapdragon 800 HTC One (M7) - Snapdragon 600 801 vs 800 801 vs 600
SunSpider 1.0.2 772.8 ms 686.9 ms 1234.8 ms -12% +37%
Kraken Benchmark 1.1 6745.2 ms 7245.9 ms 12166.5 ms +7.4% +45%
Google Octane v2 4316 3726 3103 +16% +39%
WebXPRT Overall 373 392 244 -5% +53%
AndEBench - Native 17430 17480 12381 -1% +41%
3DMark 1.1 Ultimate 19631 17529 10519 +12% +87%
3DMark 1.1 Ultimate - Physics 50.5 51 33.1 -1% +53%
Basemark X 1.1 - HQ 12194 11275 4807 +8.1% +154%
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Onscreen 11.1 fps 9.3 fps 5.1 fps +19% +118%
GFXBench 3.0 - Manhattan Offscreen 10.4 fps 8.7 fps 4.4 fps +20% +136%
GFXBench 3.0 - T-Rex HD Onscreen 29.9 fps 24.3 fps 12.6 fps +23% +137%
GFXBench 3.0 - T-Rex HD Offscreen 27.9 fps 22.9 fps 12.6 fps +22% +121%


CPU Performance

SunSpider Javascript Benchmark 1.0 - Stock Browser

Mozilla Kraken Benchmark - 1.1


AndEBench - Native

AndEBench - Java


GPU Performance

3DMark Unlimited - Ice Storm

3DMark Unlimited - Graphics

3DMark Unlimited - Physics

GLBenchmark 2.7 - T-Rex HD

GLBenchmark 2.7 - T-Rex HD (Offscreen 1080p)

NAND Performance

The One is available in either 16GB or 32GB configurations, there are no higher capacity versions offered. There is now a micro SD card slot on the right side of the device, just above the volume rocker.

Despite using a Snapdragon 801 SoC, the internal storage is still an eMMC 4.5 solution.

Random Read (4KB) Performance

Random Write (4KB) Performance

Sequential Read (256KB) Performance

Sequential Write (256KB) Performance

Subtle Cheating: New Benchmark Optimizations Battery Life


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  • Grooveriding - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - link

    The best just got better!

    Only on page 2 so far, but it's looking excellent.
  • dylan522p - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - link

    While it's got flaws, all around best phone IMO. One weird thing is that even though HTC didn't advertise it, the One has passed water proofness tests in a sink for 2 hours.. Reply
  • fokka - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - link

    i almost couldn't watch it... air slowly escaping out of the headphone port, like a fish slowly drowning. (wait a minute...) Reply
  • blanarahul - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - link

    Disappointed in the camera department. The camera is the single most important factor for me when buying a smartphone, so the One is a no go. Reply
  • blanarahul - Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - link

    Btw, I am referring to the rear camera.

    HTC did a really awesome job by putting the power button on the top on a phone this tall.

    They should have gone with capacitive buttons IMO. Atleast you wouldn't have to stare at the logo.

    The S5 is the only remaining good phone for me (I have bad experiences with Sony's quality control, so Z2 is a no go). I just have to find a good back cover for it.
  • Cptn_Slo - Saturday, March 29, 2014 - link

    actually, I think HTC is one of the few smart phone manufacturers to invest in specs that will actually make a difference rather than to impress idiots. Reply
  • shaolin95 - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - link

    Or fool idiots that think they are too smart... Reply
  • theduckofdeath - Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - link

    The reality is, HTC cuts back on the internals simply to make up for the cost of vanity. Calling that "specs that makes sense" is a poor excuse, I think. :) Reply
  • noel_newell - Friday, October 3, 2014 - link

    I agree, HTC One M8 is one fantastic phone and most sources seem to agree (my favorite source on the topic is ). The people that prefer Samsung or iPhone really haven't tried the M8. When my friends try out mine they are amazed. Reply
  • jonup - Thursday, March 27, 2014 - link

    Can we turn off the broken record!? Listen, consumer does not need 8+MP camera other than for bragging rights. I bet you we can show a daylight picture taken on a One and S5 to 95% of the people on the street on a ~5" display and they will not tell which is higher resolution. Then we can do the same with a low light picture. You see what I did there!? ;) All I hear about every review out there is "oh the camera is only 4MP", especially the once paid off by Samsung. And all the people like you repeat it all day long. I have someone with an HTC M7 in the office along with iPnone 5s and my Nokia 925 and N5. Side by side shots with all 4 of them look pleasing to the eye. If you are into photography that you care so much about picture detail, you won't be using you phone to take pictures. You can overanalyze the picture quality but It's a mute, geeky point that makes for great marketing. When in reality, the way most of us use their phone camera, the HTC setup is the best camera setup out there. (obviously exaggerating a bit but you get the point) At the end of the day as Anand said it will end up compressed on social media and most likely will be displayed on a phone. Reply

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