Benchmarks: HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Google/LG Nexus 4

Benchmarks: HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Google/LG Nexus 4

Summary: We employ a battery of tests to evaluate how HTC's latest high-end smartphone stacks up to its Android competition, and also to Apple's current iOS devices.


The HTC One has a beautiful design, a quality feel and an excellent 4.7-inch display. If you're looking for an Android smartphone and are willing to part with £529.99 (inc. VAT; £441.66 ex. VAT), it's well worth considering.

But what about performance? Thanks to a fast 1.7GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, you should expect a smooth ride with the preinstalled Android 4.1.2 operating system. The benchmarks described here show how the device compares to top handsets like the Google/LG Nexus 4, Sony Xperia Z and Apple iPhone 5. For the performance analysis, we used AnTuTu, Peacekeeper, SunSpider, GLBenchmark and Geekbench 2.

Left to right: HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Google/LG Nexus 4.

AnTuTu: overall

The overall AnTuTu result is the sum of the individual CPU (integer and floating point), GPU (2D and 3D), RAM (memory performance) and I/ O (SD card reading/writing and database I/O) tests. The HTC One comes out on top here.

AnTuTu: CPU (integer/FPU)

In the CPU test, which assesses both integer and floating-point performance, the HTC One again delivers the best result. All three handsets use quad-core Qualcomm processors, but the HTC One has the fastest CPU — a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 APQ8064T. The Nexus 4 and Xperia Z both use the 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064.

AnTuTu: I/O

All three handsets perform similarly in the I/O test.


The HTC One is no better than its competitors on 2D and 3D graphics performance. All three handsets use the Adreno 320 GPU — the reason for the Nexus 4's slightly better result could be due to Android 4.2.2, which probably includes updated graphics drivers. The HTC One and Xperia Z currently run Android 4.1.2.


In terms of memory performance, the HTC One delivers a slightly better result than the Nexus 4 and Xperia Z.

Geekbench 2.1.9: overall

With Geekbench, it's possible to compare the Android phones to Apple's iPhone 5 and 4th-generation iPad, as the benchmark is also available for the iOS platform. The overall result shown here combines the integer, FPU, memory and stream tests. The HTC One takes a clear overall lead, with the Nexus 4 and Xperia Z performing better in these synthetic tests than the iPhone 5 and 4th-generation iPad.

Geekbench 2.1.9: FPU

The HTC One heads up the floating-point test, followed by the Nexus 4 and Xperia Z. The iPhone 5 and 4th-generation iPad cannot compete with the Android handsets in this test.

Geekbench 2.1.9: Integer

The HTC One delivers the best integer performance, with little to separate the remaining products.

Geekbench 2.1.9: Memory

The memory test sees the HTC One in front once again, this time with the 4th-generation iPad and iPhone 5 separating it from the remaining Android handsets.

Geekbench 2.1.9: Stream

The Stream test measures floating-point performance and sustained memory bandwidth, a combination that's clearly handled best by the iOS devices.

GLBenchmark 2.5.1: Egypt Classic (Offscreen)

Although all three handsets use the Adreno 320 GPU, the HTC One, with its 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 CPU, delivers a slightly better result here.

GLBenchmark 2.5.1: Egypt HD (Offscreen)

The second 3D test delivers a similar result, with the HTC One just ahead of the Nexus 4 and Xperia Z.

Futuremark Peacekeeper (Browser performance)

Futuremark's Peacekeeper evaluates the browser using JavaScript code from YouTube, Facebook, Gmail and Meebo. Six different tests feed into the overall result: Rendering, HTML5, Canvas, Data, DOM operations and Text parsing. Apple's iOS devices take the lead here, with the HTC One heading up the Android challenge.


Sunspider 0.9.1 (JavaScript performance)

The SunSpider test measures the performance of the browser's JavaScript engine (including generating a tagcloud from JSON input, a 3D raytracer, cryptography tests, code decompression and more). Again, the 4th-generation iPad and iPhone 5 head up the results.

This article originally appeared on ZDNet Germany as HTC One im Benchmarktest.

Topics: Smartphones, Android, Reviews

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  • Kiddy contest reminds me of the long gone PC era

    We all remember those ridiculous PC benchmarks, testifying our PCs to be either cheetahs or snails. Did this have any effect on what one could do with them (except gaming). Noooo !
    To make it short : It's pointless, useless and futile.
    • the more ridiculous....

      because we long know that most computers do nothing all day, but at least they do it with incredible speed.
    • dito

      so is your comment.
  • A battery of tests

    The only useful test for me in this "battery of tests" would have been the battery test, but it's not here.
  • iPad?

    Why was the iPad brought into this? or even the iPhone? Should of just throw in the Surface Pro as well and a Alienware computer.
    • y not?

      These phones are premium devices. Its a contest and whats wrong with using other premium devices to measure against?
  • Pointless benchmarks...

    Here's a test...

    Show those benchmarks to the people on the street, and then tell them to go and make their smartphone purchase based on the results shown.

    Those people will look at you with a bewildered look, and might even tell you to get a life.

    Also, will the people selling those smartphones, like the people at the local cell-store or at Best Buy, use those benchmarks to try to convince people that, the HTC is superior?

    People are lately purchasing based on the price of the smartphone, and the latest and greatest features, and the cost of cell-plans, but nobody pays attention to the benchmarks, and most wouldn't even know what benchmarks are for. Tell somebody about how the benchmarks show one smartphone being faster then the others, and then tell them about prices of the devices and the cell-plans, and they'll end up making their decisions based mostly on prices and features.
    • y would the ed bother

      Heres a test, see if you can find an article you actually want to read about. This is titled "Benchmarks: HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Google/LG Nexus 4" if this is of no interest to you go and read "What the average Joe buys"
      • Apparently, you didn't read or understand my comments, and,

        even if you did, my comments still make a lot of sense, whereas yours are of no consequence and asinine.

        My points about benchmarks regarding those devices are very relevant, and go to the hear of the circumstances out there in the real world when it comes to the devices that people are getting their hands on.

        You contributed absolutely nothing with your attempt to debunk me, but, your comments are completely devoid of any substance. Whereas, everything I said, is very relevant to the consumer, who really don't care about stupid benchmarks. They care about a cool-looking device at a fair price with a decently priced cell-plan.

        That you didn't like my post, is indicative of someone who doesn't understand the consumer, and the consumer is the one that counts for the tech manufacturers.

        Get it??? I doubt you can.
        • Nope still making no sense to me..

          hahahaha 'debunk you' how ironic you would reply with this when the tone of your original comment was written to express how useless an article this turn attempting to debunk ED...

          At what stage in the article does ED say this is for the consumer to make a decision on one of these phones? This is purely about benchmarking and how the hardware in these devices stacks up... No more no Less.. You can try put whatever spin on it you like but the fact of the matter is you are trying to apply this article to a subject it wasn't designed for.

          Your comments are NOT relevant to THIS article. They would be relevant to a article which was designed for the average user shopping around for a phone but IMO that wasn't ED's goal. This is a comparison of hardware features.

          Get it?? Doubt it because your too busy looking for articles to slag off instead of writing your own.

          Do you think when Samsung are designing their latest flagship phone "for the consumer" they say.. oh forget about benchmarks and how we stack up against the comp... no way, hence the high scoring devices released by these companies in ..wait for it.. BENCHMARKS... which is what this article is about. BENCHMARK results. Just incase you missed it... BENCHMARK results, stop trying and failing to sound smart and take this article for what it is.

          Get it?? No.. ok try this "Benchmarks: HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Google/LG Nexus 4"
          Its the title.

          This is funny because I came here to this article and got what I wanted... BENCHMARK results and you came here and found nothing of interest.. so obviously your not after BENCHMARK results.

          Perhaps you should have typed into the google search field " Which phone is best for me" or "phones for a negative generation".

          Anyway.. spent too much energy on you already and you the type who wont be wrong.. so you just keep on being right and hopefully someone will one day right an article which suits your needs..

          Yep, alot of assumptions about you.. guess what....I dont care because your not what I came here for...I know that my Sony Xperia Z is an awesome phone, thanks ED keep up the research..
  • Y bother,

    Wow... what an annoying audience to write to. Ordinarily I wouldn't bother commenting but what a negative bunch of gits. You come here looking for benchmark results and sook and whinge that there is ...benchmark results... why would the writer bother going to someone on the street when clearly this isnt written for your average Joe buyer...

    Heres an idea you over critical b@stards, instead of slagging off someones work (which there is genuine work here not just presumptions and opinions, more than I can say for these comments),perhaps you should have stopped reading the article titled "Benchmarks: HTC One, Sony Xperia Z, Google/LG Nexus 4".

    Hey Ed, thanks for the info, as a Sony Z owner I was interested to see how my phone stacks up hardware wise as I paid a premium for the latest phone and want to know that its "up there". Does it make a difference ...NO... but its a question I wanted answered :) Appreciate your effort.
  • Signal performance

    Nice one Venstr!

    The one thing that is key to performance which doesn't appear to be measured here is antenna performance or signal strength. I have an HTC Sensation XE and side-by-side with my wife's i-phone I have significantly worse reception. Away from home and comfortable Wi-fi levels, this phone's ability to see GPRS signal, even when other phones have a strong signal is very poor. Most recently we spent a week in the peak district around major towns and half way through ended up logging into a retail free wifi outlet to pick-up e-mail, despite the fact that my wife's iphone received multiple daily updates, and we spent almost the entire week no more than around 20m apart.

    It doesn't matter how fast the processor speed if there's no data arriving to be processed.
    Tim Slartibartfast
  • Stock Cars

    When I shop for a car, I buy on boring things like MPG and number of passengers.
    But I glance at the hp and stopping distance and stare at the engine like I know something about it.

    I grew up with benchmarks and still like to look at them. It's fun to see all these phones have more raw compute power and memory capacity than the 420 user Dartmouth Time Sharing System did in 1980 (if you dont count tape.)

    Benchmarks give you an idea of capabilities for certain tasks. I agree that battery life, transmission signal strength, and receive sensitivity are more relevant benchmarks. I look forward to the low-level and those higher level benchmarks as phones arrive.