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

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.

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

AnTuTu: overall

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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)

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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

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

AnTuTu: GPU

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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.

AnTuTu: RAM

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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

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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

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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

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

Geekbench 2.1.9: Memory

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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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.