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