Video suggests Tegra 3 HTC One X is faster than the S4 version

Video suggests Tegra 3 HTC One X is faster than the S4 version
Here is one to take with a grain of salt: a video has been released pitting the two versions of the HTC One X against one another – the Tegra 3-sporting international version and the Snapdragon S4 equipped variant that is headed to AT&T. In the video the Tegra 3 device boots up significantly faster, and also wipes the floor with the S4 version when they both run an AnTuTu benchmark.

There are some reasons for skepticism; the boot animations aren’t identical, and it was noted that the Snapdragon S4 version showed “upgrading Android” during boot up (presumably because the Dalvik cache was wiped before the test). Also, while probably not a major factor, the Snapdragon One X was in airplane mode (presumably due to not having a SIM card for it) while the other phone was not.

It’s doubtful that either of those caveats fully explain the benchmark discrepancy – the Tegra 3 pulled a 9713 versus the Snapdragon S4’s 5640 – but perhaps more important is that the AT&T phone is still a preproduction device, so you can’t consider this official until we have a shipping device on our hands. It should also be noted that the read-write speed of the Tegra 3 phone was much better during the benchmark, so some of this may come down to the flash memory that AT&T specified versus the international unit.

That said, we wouldn’t be shocked if the quad-core Tegra 3 can beat the dual-core S4 at some benchmarks. We hope by now that most of you know that different benchmarks can contradict one another, and they don’t fully correlate to a better user experience. But if you want to make up your own mind, take a gander at the video below:

source: Droid-Life



53. wedding21

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 28, 2012

right. The phone has not disappointed me so far. I love the light weight, great design and the finishing. Apart from the great HTC Sense overlay, I love how the phone feels on my hand and every one who has seen the phone has fallen in love with it. The camera is pretty awesome as i. it is a 2.0 - which means it takes great low light images and ii. it can take images whilst shooting video. The speed at which the cam focuses it

30. ngo2dd

Posts: 896; Member since: Jul 08, 2011

My 3D with ics ROM at 1.5 get over 6300 and I know for a fact that my 3D is not faster then the One XL. If you look at the score for antutu the gpu of the One XL is better then the One X. That score is lest then a T2 score. It is not update for the new chips

21. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

crapdragon. Its even lagging in comparison to the tegra 3 just wait till the REAL competition comes out. A15 my arse.

23. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yup. yup yup.. haters gonna hate, but that doesnt make you less right :)

25. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

agreed lol. Lets see samsung conquered A-9 single core, A-9 dual core, and who can guess whats next? A-15 dual-core and A-9 Quad-core kings.

28. jabberwocky

Posts: 89; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

You guys are something else. When benches show your favorite processors losing anything, you claim that benches don't translate into real-world performance. When you win, you claim failure by the competition. A15 is an architecture, not process size, clockspeed, number of cores, or even paired graphics solutions - or even benchmarks. Qualcomm based it off of their license of the A15 instruction set, and they may or may not be the fastest of the A15 variations, but it doesn't mean it's any less A15. You can complain about the performance (out of both sides of your mouth if you prefer) all day long, but suggesting that it is not A15 architecture is a bit absurd.

32. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Its not a15 its krait but they claim its an a15 equivalent. Clearly not. Also im basing it off of the the actual phone wuth t3 clearly outpreforming the s4.

34. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

i think you need to read up on your chips before reprimanding people. Qualcomm makes their own designs. They call them "equivalents" to compare them to ARM, but they are not ARM chips. They licence ARM for compatibility reasons, but they do not make ARM. Honestly, they should have just called them "A9+".. because they are not up to A15 snuff.

35. kshell1

Posts: 1143; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

remixa i found info on the sgs3 posted recently on engadget. A15 dual core here we come.

44. corrifa

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

On a performance level I would say the S4 is closer to A15 rather then A9. Maybe an A-12 ? ;)

45. biophone

Posts: 1994; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

No such thing. Its krait anyway not arm.

48. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Your understanding of architectures and licensing of them is bad and you should feel bad for spreading misinformation.

49. Hunt3rj2

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

They don't "license ARM", they make processors that run code written for ARM chips. They can be relatively compared in terms of performance levels, which is why people talk about Scorpion cores being a better Cortex A8, or Krait as being a Cortex A15. It's a valid comparison and you are a random person on the internet who doesn't have access to Cortex A15 anyway, so I'd rather take insider sources at their word. Please kindly stop being so misinformed, Krait is only slightly slower than A15 clock for clock with more emphasis on power consumption.

51. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

are you just trying to argue for the sake of arguing? just what do you think it IS when one company uses code from another company? just think that over real quick and get back to us when you're ready. :P

38. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Considering this video is fake, and that the S4 is the highest performing dual-core out on any smartphone right now (without being overclocked) I really don't see why you are giving Qualcomm so much grief about this.

19. skymitch89

Posts: 1453; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

I see a major error in this video. The phone on the left is supposed to be the Tegra 3 at 1.5GHz and the right one the S4 at 1.3GHz? The At&t version is supposed to be 1.5GHz as well (or PhoneArena has incorrect information about it). Also, both phones have HTC at the top where as At&t's version has "at&t" at the top.

27. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Yeah, I noticed that too. The AT&T brand isn't on the phone line it should be. I think this is a bogus video

18. thnkthru3

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 25, 2011

I'll take the Tegra3 version thank you...Oh wait...I can't because on this side of the pond we have AT&Ts decision to dumb down our first crack at quadcore favor of LTE...(We should have quadcore and LTE) It must be a conspiracy! I pray they don't do this with the Samsung S3.

26. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

They did that because in order for the Tegra 3 to have LTE it needs a separate LTE radio. S4 has one built in. And the S4 is more or less an equivalent to the Tegra 3 in performance, it's just there were differences between those 2 devices in the video regarding software, not the processor, that made it seem like the Tegra 3 was faster. But if it really means that much to you, the quad-core Exynos chip should have LTE capabilities. If not, then it's most likely gonna run the S4, which will be less powerful than the Exynos because the new Exynos always beats the competition, and holds the title for a long while. But still, the S4 is plenty powerful, there will probably be virtually no lag, unless the user or AT&T does something software wise to mess it up.

15. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

Still fail against a windows phone in terms of boot speed with 4 additional core. (4+1 vs 1)

17. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

HTC fast boot can beat even a macbook air with SSD fanboy buy a Win-Bain (before it does BSOD) !


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Well what do u expect, it take's 370 mb of ram to run Android, wher as windows require around 130 to run half baked OS!

46. eaxvac

Posts: 328; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

lol another excuse when they all do the same. fandroid

33. crankyd00d

Posts: 191; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

It's either 4 OR 1 working, not 4+1=5, that's just marketing and very wrong if you are talking about how the processor works, which is when "1" is working "4" is/are sleeping, or the other way around. Also you can't compare a fully featured OS like Android against WP7, at least not yet, Android is way heavier to lift, and WP7 is very well optimized, that's the one thing Microsoft did right

13. jellytime

Posts: 135; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Top comment on youtube "1296Mhz on HTC One XL? something's not right should be 1500Mhz...." Could someone explain where it says 1296 Mhz?

24. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

If you go to 4:23 in the video, CPU frequency says 1296 Mhz (third line up from the bottom). The international version does say 1500 Mhz. I wonder if has anything to do with AT&T version of OS. That bothers me now, too. :/

10. jdot104

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 17, 2011

How does it test SD card read/write speeds if neither model has an SD card available?

12. josephnero

Posts: 795; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

internal memory

14. jdot104

Posts: 95; Member since: Jun 17, 2011


9. leftheodo

Posts: 108; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

AT&T's bloatware running in the background affects the performance! The 2 phones don't run the same version of AnTuTu ! The 2 CPUs are almost equal!

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