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HTC One vs Samsung Galaxy S4 benchmarks

We finally put these two high-end smartphone head to head. It's time to find out which one tops the benchmark scores, and whether the Exynos 5 Octa can topple the mighty Snapdragon 600.
March 29, 2013
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The scores are in, and now its time to find out who gets to take home today’s converted Antutu benchmark trophy.

Following up from the initial Galaxy S4 benchmarks we covered a couple of weeks ago, we now have the Exynos 5 Octa version of the S4 and the mighty HTC One to put to the test. We’ll also compare them against the current top of the line handsets as well.

Just for a quick hardware recap, the HTCOne is running a Snapdragon 600 chip using a Krait 300 CPU clocked at 1.7Ghz, the same chip found in the most common Galaxy S4. The Galaxy S4 Snapdragon 600 is clocked slightly higher than the HTCOne at 1.9Ghz, so we can already expect the Galaxy S4 to pull out slightly ahead here. The Snapdragon 600 used in both handsets has an Adreno 320 for its graphics processor.

Finally we can also compare the Exynos 5 Octa version of the Galaxy S4 (GT-I9500) against its Snapdragon 600 powered brother (GT-I9505). The Exynos 5 Octa uses four of ARM’s new Cortex A15 CPU cores for maximum processing speeds, running at a slightly slower 1.8Ghz. The Samsung SoC also uses a tri-core PowerVR 544MP3 overclocked to a mighty 533Mhz, which could give the Exynos 5 Octa a decent boost.

So without further delays let’s have a look at the results.

HTC One vs Galaxy S4 benchmarks

And the winner, by a decent enough margin, is the Exynos 5 Octa powered Galaxy S4.

The score difference between the two Galaxy S4 handsets works out at about 6%, so that’s not a tremendous gap in terms of a real world performance. As we expected the HTCOne was slightly slower than the Snapdragon Galaxy S4 based on the small clock speed difference, which only resulted in a 7% margin between the two.

If we compare the next-gen processor powered handsets against top of the line smartphones using slightly older processors, like the Xperia Z, then you can see a substantial improvement across the board. The HTCOne beats the Xperia Z by a decent 18%, and the fastest Galaxy S4 thrashes it by a massive 33%.

Finally it might also be worth noting the performance improvements in Samsung Exynos chips. The Galaxy S3 sits at the bottom of the table, powered by Samsung’s old quad-core Exynos 4 chip. The new Exynos 5 Octa improves on this SoC by a huge 74%, which is a significant performance gain in a single handset generation.

Of course please remember that this is just a single benchmark result, so the performance differences will vary slightly in the real world and in other test.

Are you impressed with the performance of the Exynos 5 Octa, and are you disappointed that so few regions will be receiving the fastest version of the Galaxy S4?