HTC Sensation 4G for T-Mobile benchmark tests

HTC Sensation 4G for T-Mobile benchmark tests
T-Mobile customers have something to be absolutely excited about, especially when they’re going to soon be able to grasp yet another  dual-core processor packing handset in the carrier’s offering with the upcoming HTC Sensation 4G. Indeed sensational on so many levels, even more when it’s packing some improved hardware under the hood versus some other recent offerings, the 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor combined with 768MB of RAM that it’s packing should make the experience more than acceptable.

In terms of user experience thus far, we undoubtedly satisfied since it exhibits a reasonable amount of responsiveness with various actions – such as opening up apps, navigating across its homescreen, and kinetic scrolling. Coughing up some astonishingly nice looking 3D visuals with its interface, there’s no arguing that the CPU is chugging along to provide a satisfactory experience, but as always, we’re sure there are some people curious to know what kind of results it’ll dish up with certain benchmark apps.

With that in mind, we first decided to run the Quadrant Benchmark app where it manages to obtain scores between 1,914 and 2,311 – though admirable, it’s not mind blowing compared to some other handsets we’ve checked out. Additionally, we ran the AuTutu Benchmark app and it dishes out an overall score of 3,247. Again, it’s considerably better than the average, but nothing extravagant to position it as a true competitor to things like the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Regardless of that, the performance it’s exhibiting so far proves itself since it’s not slowing down to hinder the overall operation of the handset. Furthermore, combining the fact that Sense is featuring some serious looking visuals compared to the competition, it’s nice to see that the processor is keeping up in presenting us with a responsive experience thus far.

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Sensation 4G
  • Display 4.3" 540 x 960 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, Dual-core, 1200 MHz
  • Battery 1520 mAh(6.66h 3G talk time)



1. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

woops! not as fast as the G2x it seems! hmm, i wonder why... ;)

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the reason is simple. Nvidia, Samsung, and Texas Instruments (Ti OMAP processor) have all gone to the newer silicone designs by ARM (ARM Cortex A9). Snapdragon is still using last gen's design, they just added a second core . They wont be using the new one until later this year.. and by that time everyone else will be ready to jump to the next standard. The article I linked to is a little old now as obviously Samsung has figured out how to milk the exynos into the leading powerhouse, but the sentiments on the chip archetecture are still true. "When it comes to productivity performance all of the devices with Cortex-A9 cores should offer similar, leading performance while the Snapdragon and its Scorpion core might lag behind." ill-upcoming-dual-core-cpus-like-exynos-omap4-and- snapdragon-match-up-with-tegra-2/

18. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

i knew that, i was being sarcastic. that's why there was a winky face. :P i'm itching to see some legitimate scores from TI's OMAP4.

2. cheetah2k

Posts: 2325; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Seems Qualcomm has dropped the ball. First they were late with their Dual Core SOC, and from the above benchmarks, it really does underperform - especially at 1.2Ghz! I will give the HTC Sensation some slack though, it is running a qHD screen, where as the LG 2X is not. A better comparison would be against the Moto Atrix (even tho the Atrix is still sporting Android 2.2). I would be hedging my bets that the Atrix clocked at 1.0 Ghz will still beat it.

5. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

My girlfriend's dad has a stock Atrix and when I run quadrant benchmarks on it I get an average of around 2,700. It's quite puzzling to me that a Tegra 2 can beat the much newer MSM 8260. Something just doesn't add up... My friend knows more about phones than me but he is a huge htc fanboy so he won't give me a straight answer. Does anyone have any insight as to which processor is actually faster? Suppose Tegra 2 is indeed faster, does the MSM 8260 have any upsides like greater efficiency or anything like that?

7. blarg unregistered

dont forget about the resolution of this phone. its a qHD display. Everything needs to work harder to make things look good. The galaxy s2 as well as the g2x are only 800x480.

10. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

I know this. However, the Atrix has a qHD screen as well and it scores higher on quadrant with its Tegra 2

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

The QHD's performance drop is minimal when comparing the Atrix to the G2X which both run The Nvidia Tegra 2. The difference is chip archetecture, not screen resolution. Dual core Snapdragon is nice, but it is the walmart of the dual core processors. Dont get me wrong, its an improvement over single core in most every respect (exept gaming where it is only "on par" with the single core hummingbird"), but it cant keep up with its newer designed brothers, the tegra2, exynos, and omap dual core.

17. KingK unregistered

Resolution is a HUGE difference. Look at Tablet quadrants with the same specs. Atrix has double the RAM which helps out against lg2x

22. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

Good point. Then it will be interesting to see if the EVO 3D will post better benchmark scores than the Sensation since it has more RAM...

9. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Well the Sense 3.0 UI & the qHD display BOTH are affecting the benchmark results. I am fine with that because once I am able to root my HTC Evo 3D & be able to run a stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread, we will see the 1.2 GHz's true numbers even though there will always be that qHD display. To me the extra resolution is key because it will make web surfing a true pleasure. No more blur to deal with. Plus games will look that much sweeter also. Other skins like Touchwiz & Motoblur don't affect the phone's benchmarks like HTC Sense 3.0's heavy 3D effects do. It's more demamding than those other UI's. Also if the Samsung Galaxy S II had a qHD screen the benchmarks would not be as high. The higher resolution makes THAT big of a difference. I am not saying the HTC will beat the Samsung, just that the numbers would be closer. The Samsung chip is a BEAST & I know that. Once Qualcomm makes the 28nm chip a reality then maybe we can talk. I just can't wait to get my hands on the HTC Evo 3D already!

16. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

it makes NO discernable difference. quit dreaming. Look up any benchmarks between an Atrix and a G2X, both of which run the Tegra2... the Atrix uses the QHD and the G2X does not.

21. AndroidTroll

Posts: 359; Member since: Mar 05, 2011

This is my point exactly! That's why I think qualcomms new MSM 8260 must just be slower. Just like when the EVO came out with the 8650 cpu, the iphone 4 and Galaxy S series phones were faster. It wasn't until months later when qualcomm started releasing phones with the 8x55 1GHZ cpus like the TBolt, Inspire 4G, Desire HD, etc. that their performance was on par with iphone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S phones. Perhaps this is a repeat of the past?

24. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Look at all the benchmarks that deal with 3D like Quadrant for instance ARE negatively affected. All scores are lower across every product that has a qHD screen. For you to say that higher resolution makes no difference is crazy. The numbers are out there, this is no fabrication. Maybe YOU are dreaming for saying that!

27. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Its funny that your so blind. In my first post I linked to an article that bench marked both the atrix and the g2x and there was only minimal difference even though the atrix's QHD screen pushes 30% more pixels. Dual core phones have more power right now than the OS knows what to do with and they are capable of much higher resolutions than the phones have. That minimal difference between the screen resolutions doesn't take that much extra power on a decent chip set. The samsung hummingbird has 1/3rd of the polygon pushing power of a ps3.. The nvidia has even more. Do you really think these little resolutions push the processor that much? Lol Yes, sense 3.0 has an affect on it, but the biggest difference by far is chip architecture. The atrix runs moto blur and stomps it still. Read the article I linked. It explains it.. In laymen terms so you can follow it. ;)

23. LordDavon unregistered

I think there is still much room for optimization. The Tegra2 has been out the longest and many of the manufacturers have put in all the tweaks. For instance, I have a Dell Streak 7 (Tegra 2) and it only gets 1900-2100 in Quadrant. The resolution is 800x480. I am sure it will get better, but Dell isn't known for their optimizations. Qualcomm raised the SOC 200Mhz to put the speed of the chip at the Cortex9 1Ghz level. Let's see what happens after a few months. I expect the numbers to match the Tegra2. Now, for what is going to match the SGS2, we will have to keep waiting.


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

The sensation has qhd display so anything running a lower screen resolution with a dual core processor like the s2 will get higher scores.

4. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

if that's the case qHD will be a turn off for me, it doesn't even look that much better than the screens on the Droid X & 2 which each have 480x854 resolution, especially on the Droid 2 which packs all of those pixels into a 3.7" display.

19. Thump3rDX17

Posts: 2160; Member since: May 10, 2010

anyone want to EXPLAIN the thumbs downs???

32. Jeff unregistered

You're gay and nobody likes you.

6. dara unregistered

Asside for the slightly bigger resolution to cope with, it's simple why sensation's snapdragon is topped out by tegra and exynos - they are both based on ARM CORTEX A9 chip, built on 40nm technology, while Scorpion is based on just a modified A8, and is built on a 45nm. The next 28nm crait cored snapdragons will be much more advanced, even when clocked at the same 1.2ghz speed.

11. OhSo3D

Posts: 39; Member since: Feb 22, 2011

You know whats funny? You won't ever feel the difference with the processor while you use this device. Played with both the Sensation & Sgs2. Their speeds felt identical on the device. Not a big deal to the user experience. Just Saying. hahah.

13. Sam unregistered

You are so right, in terms of everyday use speed should be fairly the same. Yes the SGS2 might be faster by 1 or 2 seconds when open programs but who cares. Numbers are just for bragging. Man i wished samsung wasnt the only company who made super amoled plus screen cause it would be awesome on the sensation with a qhd screen. I

14. sammyxed unregistered

OH MY GOSH!!!!check this out. wellI guess we better wait for the galaxy S2 because sensation will cause us a lot of problem. check this out guys. its worst than iphone 4 antenna problem. _death_grip_iphone_4_caught_snickering-news-2742.p hp Galaxy S2 offers more except the metal casing. But who cares, its the feature and specs that matters.

20. ckrugo unregistered

There are many factors that influence benchmarks, processor speed, core type, display size, color depth, ram bus speed, ram bus width and system tuning. Atrix has a 30% larger screen than LG2x but only a small delta in benchmarks, its either ram speed or system tuning. Does anyone have the specs on the samsung chip?

31. timshady337

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 19, 2009

Don't let the numbers fool you. I have an HD2 with android 2.2 and first gen. single core snapdragon and i can hit 2970 on Quadrant Advanced. When the developers at XDA get ahold of this phone you will be hitting close to 4000. Take that to the bank

33. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you do realize that quadrant is easily hacked? The biggest difference in quadrant increases isnt over all performance, its a performance gain in only I/O scores. The ONLY reason snapdragon processors score well at all is that they score really high on the I/O part even though they are sub par at all the graphical stuff. Graphically a dual core snapdragon has all the power of last year's Hummingbird chipset. Speaking of which, if the Hummingbird had the ability to smash huge I/O scores (which actually mean little to nothing in performance at this stage) you would be seeing a non over clocked single core hummingbird processor running higher than this dual core 1.2 ghz snapdragon on quadrant.

35. gamikzone unregistered

dual core is good but lnstead you could just have a single with like 1.75 ghz and overclockable, im getting almost 2500 on quadrant with my galaxy

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