We took the top three smartphones from Sony, Samsung and HTC and put them side by side running a series of mobile benchmarks in our quest to find out which of these devices can claim to be have the absolute best mobile performance. Check out the video below for a genuine head to head performance race with the Galaxy S5, Xperia Z2 and the new HTC One M8.
It’s interesting to note that all three devices are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, the mobile processor of choice at the moment. The Snapdragon 801 is a higher clocked version of its predecessor the 800, with a boosted Adreno 330 graphics processor clocked at 578MHz compared with the 450Mhz on 800 series processors. The 801 also supports eMMC 5.0 NAND Flash memory support which allows faster transfer rates of theoretically up to 400 MB/s.
However there are differences in the actual models used. The Sony Xperia Z2 and HTC One M8 use the MSM8974AB model 801 which is clocked at 2.3GHz while the Samsung Galaxy S5 use the MSM8974AC model which is clocked a tad higher at 2.5Ghz. The difference is fairly minimal, but you might still expect to see a Samsung enjoying a performance advantage in the overall benchmark scores.
However if you look at the chart below, you can clearly see that any perceived advantages the Samsung Galaxy S5 gains with the higher clocked processor are not really evident. The only benchmarks where it came out in top was in AnTuTu and Sunspider. HTC came out on top with six wins out of ten, while Sony can claim joint second place with two wins.
Top 5" Smartphone Benchmark Comparison
|Sony Xperia Z2||Samsung Galaxy S5||HTC One M8|
|GFX Bench Manhattan||11.7fps||11.5fps||11.1fps|
|GFX Bench T-Rex||26.9fps||27.1fps||28.2fps|
|3DMark - Ice Storm||18753||18373||20594|
|Sunspider (lower is better)||762.4||665.2||669.6|
So congratulations to HTC, but it’s also important to bear in mind that benchmarks are in fact only indicators of actual real-life usage, so other factors such the display, the battery and of course the software will influence a device’s real world performance. But the overall experience still needs a really good system-on-chip processor to make it work well, and the Snapdragon 801 is without doubt as good as anything out there.