Of course, one of the first things that any geek worth his weight in salt does after acquiring a new device, is run some performance benchmarks. The urge to equate the performance of a device in relation to all others is a uniquely charged one for us here at Mobile Geeks when any device arrives, and the arrival of the HTC One mini 2 last week was no exception.
The HTC One mini 2 is a 4.5 inch smartphone that runs the Snapdragon 400 system-on-processor from Qualcomm, the same 1.2GHz chip that we see used by Motorola’s Moto G, Xperia M2 and Nokia Lumia 630 phones . The MSM8226 uses the Adreno 305 graphics processor, a toned down version of the Adreno 330, Qualcomm’s current flagship GPU.
We put the latest addition to the HTC one series through an array of benchmarks including AnTuTu, GFX Bench, 3DMark, Anomaly 2, SunSpider, Geekbench and Quadrant. The results are pretty indicative of a mid-range 4.5 inch smartphone, especially when you compare it to the high-end Snapdragon 801 and its Adreno 330. In Geekbench 3.0, AnTuTu and Quadrant the 801 chip used in the HTC M8 more reaches scores more than double that of the One mini 2.
HTC One M8 / HTC Desire 816 / HTC One mini 2: Benchmark Comparison
|HTC One M8 Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz (MSM8974AB)||HTC Desire 816 Snapdragon 400 1.6GHz (MSM8928)||HTC One mini 2 Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz (MSM8226)|
|GFX Bench T-Rex||28.2fps||5.9fps||5.8|
|3DMark - Ice Storm||20594||4839||4567|
|Sunspider (lower is better)||669.6||910.2||1198|
It is also interesting when you look at the comparison with the Desire 816 smartphone we reviewed just last week – it also runs a Snapdragon 400 processor, but in the form of the higher clocked MSM8928 at 1.6GHz. The Desire 816 beats the mini 2 in every single test we ran, presumably due to its higher clock speed. Despite being a cheaper device, the Desire 816 is substantially larger at 5.5 inches which means there is a great deal more physical space to deal with heat build up and dissipation. The mini 2 is smaller and thus more difficult to keep cool in high performance workloads like gaming apps.
In terms of gaming however, we found the mini 2 to be a joy to use and saw no lack of performance mirroring the benchmarks above. Benchmarks are a fascinating indicators of general performance, but other factors influence overall experience; one point I would make is that the Snapdragon 801 SoC has to power many, many more pixels on the HTC One M8’s 1080p display. We are seeing the 400 platform excel at 720p, which frankly looks great on a 4.5 inch screen.