HTC One M9 performance benchmarks: Snapdragon 810 against Apple A8, Exynos 7420, and the rest

The HTC One M9 features Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon 810 system chip. It's one of the most powerful systems on a chip available right now, but this does not mean that it does not have some solid competition. This time around Samsung seems to have gone with its own Exynos octa-core solution in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and we already know that Apple is using its own  Apple A8 with custom Cyclone CPU cores in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

How does the new Snapdragon 810 compare against those two? And how much of an improvement is it compared to the earlier versions of Snapdragon seen in the One M8 and Galaxy S5?

We've managed to run some benchmarks to test both the CPU and GPU performance of the One M9, and bring you the numbers right below. It's worth noticing that - despite all the progress with Snapdragon 810 - Apple still has the lead in the important area of single-core CPU performance. In fact, the difference between the iPhone 6 and the One M9 is quite staggering, and not in favor of the Snapdragon 810 on the HTC phone. Samsung with its newest Exynos is actually the only chip that really stands up to it (the iPhone 6 still scores better, but the results are at least close).

Turn over to multi-core performance, though, a feature used by much less (but more demanding) apps, we see that the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the leader here with its Exynos 7420 system chip, while the Snadpragon 810 comes as a runner-up, but not really all that close.

Finally, though, GPU performance and gaming is where the HTC One M9 truly excels. HTC has decided to use a 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution for the screen of the M9, rather than the trendy Quad HD resolution, and this results in some stellar gaming performance. The One M9 is really the Android phone gamers would be most pleased with. Take a look at the scores right below.

Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
LG G3 950
HTC One (M8) 888
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 1112.67
Samsung Galaxy S5 944
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 1625
Apple iPhone 6 1630
Samsung Galaxy S6 1440
HTC One M9 1209
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
LG G3 2545
HTC One (M8) 2613
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 3259.67
Samsung Galaxy S5 2900
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 2918
Apple iPhone 6 2927
Samsung Galaxy S6 5127
HTC One M9 3738
AnTuTu Higher is better
LG G3 30634
HTC One (M8) 31075
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 41185.33
Samsung Galaxy S5 36603
Apple iPhone 6 50888
Samsung Galaxy S6 58382
HTC One M9 56896
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
LG G3 7.5
HTC One (M8) 11
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 11.2
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.7
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 18.4
Apple iPhone 6 25.8
Samsung Galaxy S6 16
HTC One M9 24
GFXBench Manhattan off-screen Higher is better
LG G3 11.4
HTC One (M8) 11.8
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 18.5
Samsung Galaxy S5 11.8
Apple iPhone 6 17.8
Samsung Galaxy S6 19
HTC One M9 24
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
LG G3 20.7
HTC One (M8) 28.3
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 25.9
Samsung Galaxy S5 27.8
Apple iPhone 6 Plus 40.9
Apple iPhone 6 48.9
Samsung Galaxy S6 37
HTC One M9 49
GFXBench T-Rex HD off-screen Higher is better
Apple iPhone 6 42.3
Samsung Galaxy S6 46
HTC One M9 50

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One M9
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 4 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2840 mAh(21.7h 3G talk time)



2. TyrionLannister unregistered

The S6 scores a lot higher acc. to this: It seems that the software of S6/M9 is premature and we should wait for the final one.

5. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

You're annoying af. Get off the computer and do something

7. TyrionLannister unregistered

You seem butthurt. Apply cold water on burned area.

12. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

*splashes a bucket over TyrionLannister*

20. ABAldOPayardu

Posts: 3; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

I nominate him for the ice bucket challenge

15. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Yup for sure he's annoying

19. Tom1206

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 01, 2014

No! I like this guy, he is one of the few to know what he's talking about!

28. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

He's too much of a Samsung fanboy to be objective.

53. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

And both things can be true at the same time. LOL

85. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

So what?

30. androidwindows

Posts: 216; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

He gave a link to a reputable site and you call him annoying? I think YOU should get off the computer and do something.

9. alias3800

Posts: 62; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

"Snapdragon 820 versus The Rest" ???

14. tjnapster555

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

samsung should use Mali-T830 istead they use Mali-T720

16. ChowMein

Posts: 76; Member since: Jan 01, 2015

Still waiting for throttling test

21. Iodine

Posts: 1493; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

My words. We know that only iPhone 6 can hold it's CPU for really long time and the GpU doesn't throttle at all.

23. Tajiseo

Posts: 48; Member since: Mar 03, 2015

The bench scores are hardly consistent if at all, especially on gs6 at gfx bench test ive seen data where it scored much higher than that if nit highest

24. kerginaldo17 unregistered

You can learn three things:Snapdragon 810 don't is dead, S6 don't is so powerful, Iphone 6 no so weak.

32. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But you can only learn those things by reading this through six feet of water after a serious blow to the head.

25. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Honestly I expected more power from Galaxy s6

29. Awalker

Posts: 1981; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

It's because they went with a QHD screen.

31. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Your expected more power than beating the iPad? You must be a true Samsung fan!

40. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

let me get this straight.. You think an 8 core beating a 3 core device's triple core score, is beating? Single core, Apple whips everyones butt EVERY time. Multi-core it would as well, had it had a comparable number of cores. The iPad's triple core has a score of 15% less than if all the cores gotten the single core score. We can deduce that with 6-8 cores (exynos has 8), the score would be 25-30% less than if all the cores ran at the single core score, meaning the score would be around 8200-10250 with 6-8 cores (scores include the deduction of 25-30%).

42. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

And if they had the same core count, you'd have a point. They don't. It's like complaining that an 8 cylinder car wins a race because the other car only had 4 cylinders. The 8 cylinder is still faster. Stop rationalizing. The Exynos 7420 is a really good CPU, better than any phone copy on the market now. Why does that hurt you?

55. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

I'm not rationalizing. I'm saying that the 4 cylinder car is more efficient, and delivers more HP and torque than the 8 cylinders cars. That's what matters. What the 8 cylinder car does with 8, the 4 cylinder (or in this case 3) provides similar performance.

57. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

Sorry, but when you start with "If it had more cores" you are just rationalizing. Because it HAS NOT more cores.

68. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Read again. I was not rationalizing. Instead, I was pointing out that Apple uses very powerful processors, that even dual core and tri-core is comparible to quad/octa core competitors. That even as the competitors try throwing in extra cores and at a higher clock, they're still vastly behind Apple's processing prowess.

76. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Except, as the benchmarks show, they're not.

89. TylerGrunter

Posts: 1544; Member since: Feb 16, 2012

So that it doesn't matter how many cores you need, what matters is the final result. And with the Exynos7420 the results the result is vastly superior, as you have to copare it with the A8, the SoC for phones, and there the Exynos 7420 is a bit behind in single trhread but far ahead in multithreded performance.

70. tedkord

Posts: 17397; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But the 8 cylinder is still faster. A race isn't about seconds per cylinder, it's about who gets to the finish line first.

37. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

Was hoping the Mali with 12 cores. All phones are the same. Only a very miniute difference. It's not like cars or laptops, where you can go extreme.

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