HTC One benchmarks show Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 is ready to kick ass

by: Chris SmithFebruary 19, 2013
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By now every Android fan knows that HTC released its 2013 flagship smartphone, the One, which we have thoroughly covered so far. It’s now time to take a look at the first benchmarks for the smartphone, and from the looks of it, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 is ready to kick some ass.

SlashGear has results the first benchmarks for the HTC One, including Quadrant and Sunspider. In both tests the phone performed admirably and it looks like the HTC One is ready to put a tough fight when it comes to this year top performing devices.

In Quadrant, the phone scored 12,417. Comparatively, the HTC One X scored less than 5,000, same as the Google Nexus 4. Looking at individual scores, the HTC One hit 37,304 (CPU), 10,922 (memory) and 10,566 (I/O) while the Nexus 4 gets much lower numbers: 10,687 (CPU), 7,612 (memory) and 4,340 (I/O).


In Sunspider browser test, the HTC One scored 1195.2ms, lower than the HTC One X+ (1215.4ms,) but higher than Galaxy S3 (1082.2ms) – in this test lower is better.


These are preliminary tests and things could improve by the time the HTC One hits stores, but it’s clear that its Snapdragon 600 with four Krait 300 processors and Adreno 320 GPU means business.

  • Ayman Kouzayha

    Can you say ‘ass’ in this blog!

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  • Kepler

    waiting sgs4 for compare and then buy the best

  • Ivan Myring

    The nexus 4 is so bad at benchmarks. Why?
    Either way I still love mine, and 1080p screens don’t seem great for performance in the real world from what I’ve seen

    • RaviShah

      thermal throttling

      • Tcv4

        Who runs a benchmark when their phone is hot?

        • RaviShah

          one of the common problems with the nexus 4 is that it has very aggressive thermal throttling. Meaning when benchmarks are run and the system is stressed it will naturally get hot but then it will throttle down in order to reduce the temperature.

          • Tcv4

            starts at like 37 or so degrees celcius lol. I know what thermal throttling is, but I thought that one of the major tech sites put one in the fridge prior to running a benchmark. I’m also curious as to how much these companies alter stock android in order to get better benchmarks.

          • Ivan Myring

            Yeah, android police (I think) put it in a freezer to no difference

          • Simon Belmont

            There’s aggressive thermal throttling because the temperatures in the N4 get pretty freakin’ hot, at least for some people. There’s a Google Code page with dozens of people talking about 60-70+ C battery temperatures.

            That is not normal for a phone. These temperatures were achieved after just 10 or so minutes browsing in Chrome, for example.

  • akhil

    i just checked my htc one x … got a benchmark score of 6124 :))

  • Guest

    I’m impressed, even though quadrant is a pretty bad benchmark tool. I will be more impressed when it scores around 30Kkn AnTuTu.

    • MasterMuffin

      That Intel’s double core processor did 28000 in AnTuTu, that’s something that’s really bad arse!

      • Tcv4

        My intel core i5 2450m scored a 58000 in quadrant, but getting it in my pocket is quite a dilemma. Also, the fan is a bit distracting.

        • MasterMuffin

          Lol, that’s not quite what I ment. The Intel’s NEW MOBILE double core got 28000 :D

  • hot_spare

    If you put any trust in Quadrant scores you could use them to prove that dancing naked for 5 minutes in your garden affects device performance.

  • Darktanone

    The iPhone 5 scored 914.7 in this test.

    • Tcv4

      The nexus 10 scored a 758.7 in that test.

      • kascollet

        The Nexus 10 is not a phone.

        • Tcv4

          Huh, Never noticed. Anyway the nexus 10 scores a 758.7 with boat browser, but it only scores around a 1300 with chrome. That’s a substantial difference due to a browser change alone. What I’m getting at is not only was the OP comparing different browsers, but completely different operating systems. Lol, my original post was just to one up him, but I figured it would force me to explain myself at some point. I mean do we really believe that apple is so proficient in cpu design that their 1.3ghz A9ish cpu can compete with a 1.7ghz quad core krait cpu with all things being equal? Even looking at per-core performance I doubt the a6 trumps it.

          • kascollet

            You’re right. Software must be taken in consideration equally. The major reason iOS devices perform well is the simple fact that hardware, software and UI are designed by the same company, for just one couple of devices (iPhone/iPad). Apple’s hardware alone is not magical, nor their software, but they’re made one for the other.
            When you think about it, Android’s performance is quite impressive !

          • AntiShit

            Nexus 10 isn’t a quadcore instead its Dual Core A15 clocked at 1.7ghz. Please do research next time before spitting out words that you don’t even know.

          • Tcv4

            I know, I was talking about the quad core snapdragon 600 in the HTC one. Sorry, I should have made that more clear.

      • Darktanone

        The iPad 4 and iPhone 5 consistently scored in the mid 800 and 900 respectively. This score is unusual for the Nexus 10/4.

        • Tcv4

          Did you read my post? I didn’t use the stock chrome browser, but instead I used boat which consistently scores under or around the 800ms mark. I was simply showing how ridiculous it is to base hardware performance on something that is so greatly impacted by software.

        • Guest

          Here, I’ll rephrase it. The nexus 10 consistently scores around or below the 800 mark when using boat browser, however when using Chrome it tends to score a much slower 1300ms or more. My point is that you shouldn’t use something that is so easily changed by software to measure hardware performance.

    • Marsg

      my galaxy nexus scores 1200 on sunspider, the score reflects more the browser than it does on the performance of the processor, i get 1800 on chrome but 1200 on stock, on the same exact phone.

    • AdamRO

      My Lumia 920 got 892.1

  • Jauhari

    From this TEST on Sunspider browser test also said that HTC One can’t beat Galaxy Note II too.

    In my test, Galaxy Note II reach 1056.4ms (better than Galaxy S3 and of course HTC One X and One)

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. The Snapdragon 600 is also a mid-range next-gen SoC, while the Exynos Quad is a high end current-gen SoC. How do the quadrant scores compare? I’m curious.

      The Snapdragon 800 will likely blow those benchmarks away, and frankly, the Snapdragon 600’s scores are quite impressive. A 140 or so milliseconds difference in Sunspider is not something you will notice in day-to-day usage anyway.

  • Tcv4

    hmm, Exynos octa will likely trump this, but I’m not too sure about the 800. We’ll see if they get around to releasing that anytime soon though.

    • Marsg

      The U.S verison of the S4 might not even have a Exynos processor because of 4g issues, its rumored they are going with a S600 also, since a device has shown up in the benchmarks that’s seems to be a S4 prototype. The octa will probably be on the Galaxy note 3

      • Tcv4

        Wow, I just looked it up and you’re right. At least if it does have the 600 it will be clocked at 1.9ghz. I really hope that was just a prototype or an upcoming Verizon exclusive.

        • Cameron Bentley

          More cores does not equal better performance, we have seen that in the past with phones like the One S (dual core) beating the One X (quad core) in benchmarks due to the architecture used in the One S being more efficient. Or, in the desktop world, with an 8-core AMD Bulldozer receiving lower scores than a dual-core i3 – ask any enthusiast and he will tell you not to believe the bulldozer hype
          The point is: A higher number does not mean higher performance. I have many TRUE analogies to prove this to you, here… I’ll give you a freebie: a 12-liter car with a V8 must be better than a 2-liter car with a V6, right? Wrong, because in reality the 12-liter car could pump out 200 horsepower while the 2-liter car could pump out 600 – it’s all about the efficiency.

          Do not be mad that the Octa is not coming to the US, be happy. If you have an Octa, you will get 0 dev support compared to the 600 – look at what happened with the S3. This is because Samsung are douchebags when it comes to source code and developer relations (search up “superbrick incident”), even CyanogenMod team members are saying they will not support the S4 Octa-core variant – or even not the S4 at all.

          Moral of the story: more does not always equal better.
          Food for thought, eh?

  • Garry DeWitt

    Heh, I know this phone is better performance wise than my note 2 in almost every aspect, but with stock everything I get 900ms on sunspider in chrome beta, 693 is my best score (overclocked to 1.9Ghz). Snapdragon 600 is still amazing though. I really hope HTC can pull out a winner here, I getting a little tired of samsung phones.

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