Benchmarking the Motorola DROID BIONIC

Benchmarking the Motorola DROID BIONIC
After witnessing three 4G LTE smartphones coming out with Verizon, there might not be as much fanfare with the addition of the Motorola DROID BIONIC as being the carrier’s fourth offering, but it manages to raise some eyebrows seeing that it’s the very first 4G LTE smartphone to pack a dual-core processor. Specifically, its 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP processor with 1GB of RAM should keep it in good company with some of its rivals. In order to see what it’s capable of bringing to the table, we decided to run a couple of benchmark tests to see what it’s all about.

Before getting started, it's worth noting that we’re so far content with the handset’s level of operation as it exhibits responsive tendencies with most tasks – like navigating around its homescreen and running apps. Testing it out further, it’s able to move at a good rate too when activating a graphically intensive live wallpaper. And honestly, it seems to move at the same pace that we saw with the Motorola DROID 3.

Running the Quadrant benchmark app, we’re able to get reasonable scores between 2,098 and 2,389, which are obviously great and expected, but nothing mind bending compared to the heavy hitters out there. In fact, it’s putting up results similar to what we saw with the Motorola DROID X2 and 3 – so yeah, there’s nothing too advantageous with it. Conversely, the AnTutu benchmark app is able to dish up a total score of 4,993 with the handset – though, it’s still behind some other notable devices like the LG Optimus 2x and Samsung Galaxy S II. Admirable to say the least, the results might not impress people that much, but the real life operation of the handset appears to be tight and responsive thus far.

Besides those two benchmarking apps, we ran a Ookala’s Speed Test app as well with the handset to see what kind of data speeds it’s able to achieve – and honestly, the results are typical. At first, the Motorola DROID BIONIC manages to put up average download and upload speeds of 8.5Mbit/s and 2.0Mbits/s respectively. But later on in the day, it's able to push the threshold by maxing things out with speeds up to 22Mbits/s download and 10.54Mbits/s upload, which are insanely fast!

Motorola DROID BIONIC benchmark tests:

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  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1735 mAh(10.83h talk time)



1. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Being such a hyped up phone I would expect numbers comparable to the GSII.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the only thing comparable to an SGS2 is an SGS2. The exynos core is the strongest dual core on the market. At least in the antutu benchmark it was able to keep up with it though.

6. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Looks like it might take a quad-core non Samsung processor to keep up with the Exynos. Or clocked super high.

7. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

The Exynos is the best processor out at the moment, no doubt about it. (The following might be a little of topic) Now Samsung has not said anything about which procesor the Wave 3 has, they haven't even said anything about being single or dual core, but my guess is that the Wave 3 has a newer version of the Exynos processor. Back to the motorola bionic, those data speeds are impressing, but still i think the bionic is a little dated, since the Galaxy S2 that is already out, has much better performance.

9. Derp unregistered

This is pretty pathetic don't you think. Inserting BAD-a in every article here in phonearena you are on the same level as those iSHEEPs. For pete's sake lay off the weed bro, people here don't care about your BAD-a. And I for one owns one and I can say it's not near to what Android is.

17. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Peter, If they didnt say "wave 3 filled with exynos!!" i would assume its a clocked up Hummingbird processor. Bada's featurephone OS has no use for the exynos processor.

37. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

got to give it to you lol dont think anyone has supported an OS more than you...on bada never used it but have seen videos on the wave 3 and it looks like a clone touchwiz on android but without the customizabilty of android and the of the wave 3 is superb and wish samsung make a android with similar design/material.

46. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the wave 3 is last years Captivate on ATT with brushed aluminum instead of plastic. From the sounds of it, its identical hardware, just with the hummingbird clocked up to 1.4ghz instead of 1.0 ghz.

35. KingK unregistered

Atrix at the same clock speed beats Exynos. That's with a higher resolution too. Nothing special about Exynos. Benchmarks are not very accurate either. Can rig off 5000 + quadrants @1.3 and Exynos needs 1.5ghz These sites suck at benchmarking too.

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

kingK clock an atrix to 1.2 and show us some benchmarks. because it aint happening. A 15% boost in speed isnt going to give you the extra 40-50% boost in power u need to match an exynos bench marks. Infact in my own experience it only gets about a 5%+ boost from 1.0ghz to 1.2ghz for most chipsets.

8. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes you are right, the Exynos dual-core is the MOST powerful on the planet right now. The Droid Bionic's benchmarks are on par or slightly higher with a stock HTC Evo 3D. Before I overclocked my HTC Evo 3D I was getting those similar types of benchmark scores so the Bionic certainly can't compare to a Samsung Galaxy S II. Man what would it be like to modestly overclock the Galaxy S II to just 1.6 GHz from its 1.2 GHz? MAN I can't imagine! Exynos is just BEASTLY scary! lol

12. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

What have you overklocked you Evo 3D to ? Overklocking the exynos to 1.6 ghz would give it give it the same power as a computer : P Let's see if the processor in the Wave 3 is a dual core 1.4 ghz exynos, it actually might be that since all Samsung has said is "1.4 ghz processor" we konw nothing if it is a dual or single core yet...

16. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes Peter my HTC Evo 3D is overclocked at 1.6 GHz for everyday use. It’s extremely fast & very stable. It works great, NO lag what so ever & it’s very good on the battery. Very minimal is difference in battery usage which is very good. I got it as high as 2.0 GHz but it got warm & it made my phone freeze up a couple of times plus it ate my battery like Fat Bastard eats babies. lol The Exynos is so powerful that my HTC Evo 3D @ 2.0 GHz was just barely getting Exynos 1.2 GHz benchmarks. That tells you the power of the most powerful mobile dual-core in the planet. I can't even fathom how powerful the Exynos will be overclocked at 1.6 GHz much less 2.0 GHz. Simply incredible!

19. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I can't wait to retest my phone at 2.0 GHz while running CM7 or MIUI. HTC's Sense 3.0 is kinda a hog & we will see the true numbers once I have those ROM's installed. The ROM's make a HUGE difference. Peter when you get your new Wave 3, overclock that beast to see how much better Bada will run.

30. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

Well i'm not sure if i want to overclock my wave 3, on the videos i have seen of the Wave 3, it runs bada really smooth and fast so i don't really think that will be neccesary. I'll see, if there is a easy way to do it, then maybe.

38. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

peter, overclocking isnt about NEED.. its about SPEED. :) Do you need a ferrari enzo? heck no. But its damn fun to have one i bet. :)

55. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

ohhhh! nice burn! xD

18. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it didnt say 1.4ghz dual core, its not dual core. dont hold your breath peter

29. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

I't doesnt say anything except 1.4 ghz processor. It can be single core, and it can be dual core as well. We simply don't know yet.

41. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

i am sure if it was dual core samsung would have hyped about...also every review of the phone have said its a single core...for every dual core phone samsung have always said its dual core so why would they not say the wave is not dual core lol i think its wishful thinking if you think otherwise

48. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

my point exactly taz.

32. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

Phone Arena didn't do a good job with the benchmarks here. i can get my Droid 3 as high as 2700 in Quadrant non-modified and as for AnTutu it could've easily surpassed the Optimus 2X with another test like what they did with Quadrant. this is one of the most powerful handsets you can get. second only to the Galaxy S II but there's LTE here so it's definitely a contender for the best here.

57. narley

Posts: 357; Member since: May 14, 2009

what the hell is the difference?!?! 90% of people dont even need a dualcore processor, why would it matter if it gets a higher benchmark, but for the sake of pessimism... good for you guys.

2. Kjayhawk

Posts: 294; Member since: Oct 07, 2010

OMG i think John V. is Asian!!! you can see his reflection on 1:16!!!!

4. daniyo

Posts: 46; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

holy crap he is!!!!!

56. PeterIfromsweden

Posts: 1230; Member since: Aug 03, 2011

so what ? I'm swedish !

5. dudemanrod

Posts: 39; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

so that's what this website looks like with ads...

10. Dark4o90

Posts: 205; Member since: Feb 20, 2011

SGII is the best for now andddd... The Prime will be the best in the future

40. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

right up until the SGS2 gets ice cream sandwich.. lol

47. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

it'll still have the advantage of being stock Android. i'd take the ridiculously snappy experience with stock Android on a phone with a slightly inferior processor than pretty snappy experience with TW4 on a phone with a slightly better performing processor. it all depends on what will change with ICS though. it's possible everything i said won't even be a factor but i tell you what if i'm not impressed with ICS i might jump to a nice Windows Phone.

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