Feb 03 AT 5:28 PM Nick Gray 50 Comments

HTC Inspire 4G benchmark and speed test numbers revealed

We’ve had the HTC Inspire 4G in our hands for a little over a day now, so we’re sure you guys have quite a few questions. Since we can’t read your minds, we simply assumed that the first bits of information you guys would be interested in would be the Inspire 4G’s benchmark scores and how is fares on AT&T’s new 4G network.

First up, quadrant Profession benchmark testing. We ran the benchmark quite a few times and found that the scores ranged between the low 1800′s and the high 1900′s. The Quadrant score we captured in our video was 1976, certainly comparable the T-Mobile myTouch 4G and the original HTC Desire HD. All three of phones mentioned feature the same Qualcomm QSD8255 1GHz Snapdragon chipset, which is much nearly 50% more powerful than the Qualcomm QSD8650 that’s inside the HTC EVO, DROID Incredible, and Nexus One.

While testing the HTC Inspire 4G on AT&T’s HSPA+ netowrk, we noticed that the handset was a bit slower when compared to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ speeds in our area. On average, the HTC Inspire 4G was able to pull down 2Mbps with uploads at 500 Kbps on AT&T’s HSPA+ network, but we did see spikes of up to 4.5 Mbps. These speeds are definitely not slow, but certainly don’t match T-Mobile’s network speeds (which are expected to double by mid year). As many of you may know, AT&T’s HSPA+ network doesn’t officially launch until March 1st, though we know for a fact that the network is fully functional in our area. Our hope is that AT&T will turn up the speed dial a notch or two once March 1st rolls around.

Source: HTC Source

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • http://Website @neidlinger

    Not to bad for stock. I’ll get it that. Still slower on the DL speed than T-Mobile in my area. And slow down troll, i know that fluctuates from area to area.

    I wonder what it will do with some XDA or Cyanogen(mod) sprinkled into that sexy body of a phone.

  • http://Website Oliver

    I have an AT&T N1 and those are the same speeds I get on average. And I live in San Francisco…SMH

    • http://Website chaoscentral


      What did you expect, they basically had to rename their 3G network as “4G” since the nation’s “fastest” network can’t be behind the competition. It’ll be interesting to see what happens when they roll out LTE in the middle of this year, will they call it 5G? Because whether they want to admit it or not, their “4G” network is slow as hell compared to Verizon’s 4G network

  • http://Website Andy

    Wow, 2 Mbps down sucks for a phone that’s clearly labeled as a 4G phone..

    My mytouch slide, a mid-end phone without full 4G support, is able to get 1.54 Mbps down and 1.06 up on average.

    My question for others: Would you rather use Sprint’s 4G network or T-mobile’s network and why? I think T-mobile’s network is very fast, but the coverage is spotty.

    • http://Website 4G or Not To 4G

      gonna stick with T-Mo, those speeds that AT&T is bragging about, I have been getting easily on my G2, and will do even better when I get a 21Mbps, dual core phone!

      • http://Website andy

        AT&T network sucks ass. I meant would you rather use Sprints or T-mobile’s 4G network.

        Also, I think its really gay how others are trying to claim the HTC pryamid doesn’t need speeds more than 14.4 mbps. If the speeds exist, and if I’m going to pay a lot of money for a high-end phone, I want the fastest speeds possible.

        If 14.4 is good enough, then why the FUCK is T-mobile spending so much money on upgrading to 42 mbps for this summer and then about 600 mbps 2013???

        • http://Website UMA Fan

          The 42Mbps connection would probably give you a steady 10mbps down on a 14mbps radio.

          10 mbps is MORE THAN ENOUGH for anything data related for the next 3-4 years.

    • http://Website mjam528

      I have the mytouch 4g, in my area I get 4-6 Mbps download…beats AT&T by a long shot.

    • http://Website Ivan

      This writer is very stupid just like you are. It is labeled as a 4G phone, but At&t’s 4G network has not launched yet, the writer said it himself. So what you are seeing there are 3G speeds you dumb fuck. Man I swear Taylor you are the worst blogger ever, you stupid teen mobile fan boy. Teen mobile sucks and everyone knows it so shut the fuck up about it already. Att is clearly better hands down so go suck a dick and die dumb fucks.

      • http://Website Mark

        Although Taylor does somewhat suck at blogging, you’re the dumbass since you spelled “teen mobile” instead of T-mobile.

        Plus, T-mobile is a much better experience on Android compared to T-mobile, because AT&T is the worst at updating their Android phones and they have the worst line-up of Android phones.

        Plus, has AT&T announced anything about upgrading their network to 42 mbps this summer??? No, but T-mobile has!!!

        So, AT&T fanboy, it looks as if you’re the one that needs to shut the fuck up.

      • http://Website 2FR35H

        Lol T-Mobile sucks? Right that’s why my 3g nexus S is getting a lil more than 4mbps while this “4g” shows a lil over 3mbps? Lol check yourself again no dropped calls hoe!

  • http://Website watbetch

    Did they REALLY cap HSUPA on this phone too?

    • Nick Gray

      Yeah, it’s been capped. But if you root it and flash a Desire HD ROM you should be all set to get much better upload speeds.

  • http://Website Meister_Li

    Strange. I get 1,313 down and 1,163 up in Speedtest over here with my Galaxy S on O2 Ireland. I have to say, if that’s 4g there, it’s pretty disappointing. Especially considering the coverage in this area here isn’t the best.

    • http://Website chaoscentral

      No luckily that isn’t considered 4G over here, maybe to a company that is behind everyone else, even carrier’s a fraction of their size they had to relable their 3G network as 4G so it looked like they had value until they could get the money to launch their LTE network sometime this year.

      I will say this, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon all have respectable 4G networks, I have see this as averages

      Verizon – 10-20mbps down, 5-10mbps up(this is with my real world testing in the Boston market)
      T-Mobile – 4-12mbps down, 2-3mbps up(again my real world testing in Boston market)
      Sprint – 3-10mbps down, 2-3mbps up(Boston area once again)

      AT&T is stuck between a rock and a hard place, they are still on their 3G network, with their LTE close to coming sometime this year, however with every other carrier offering 4G they couldn’t sit for 6 months and say “we don’t have 4G…” as a customer walks away. So they did the software upgrade to their HSPA towers to make them “HSPA+” (unfortunately no one told them you have to do a fiber optics backhaul on the tower to actually get the speeds that HSPA+ calls for like T-Mobile has been doing) so they have a half implemented HSPA+ network at 14.4mbps just so they can claim they have 4G and not be sued about it.

      On an unrelated note I am looking forward to the LTE HTC Thunderbolt which should be as nice a phone as this, but with the speeds to back it up unlike this 4G abortion. Great phone, piss poor network.

  • http://Website Max

    Nice ;) Although just pulled of 3200 with My Desire z xD :P

  • http://Website Dags

    The processor is MSM8255. There’s no such thing as a QSD8255 (see Qualcomm’s website if you don’t believe me). It’s a small detail but I think this site is a bit better than the mainstream ones (who get these details wrong all the time) so it would be nice to get the details right here.

    • http://Website Nick

      We’re only reporting the details that HTC is claiming on their product page. http://www.htc.com/us/products/inspire-att#tech-specs

      • http://Website Dags

        Fair enough then. However, I still maintain that the HTC page is wrong or at least sloppy, that there’s no such processor as the QSD8255, and the processor in the Inspire 4G is the MSM8255 just like the myTouch 4G:


        • geniusdog254

          The Qualcomm soc’s (system-on-a-chip) are always labeled QSD. Their part of their MSM line of chips, which stands for Mobile Station Model. QSD are the Qualcomm SnapDragon chips, notice the acronym? Lol. It is a QSD8255.

          Also, Nick there does need to be a correction. The QSD8650 you listed is the CDMA version. It’s in the Evo and DROID Incredible. The Nexus One, HD2, X10, all GSM Snapdragon phones, is the QSD8250. The GSM chips are QSD82** and the CDMA are QSD86**

          • geniusdog254

            Androidandme, can we please get a comment system that lets us edit? That last comment should have said Mobile Station MODEM not Mobile Station Model.

          • http://Website Dags

            Where the hell did I mention QSD8650? I know what QSD stands for and the second generation 8×55 are MSM. Not to mentuion the fact that MSM8x55 is a registered trademark.

            If it’s a choice between believing you and Qualcomm, I’ll believe Qualcomm about their own processors:


            The processor in the Inspire 4G is the same processor as the myTouch 4G and the phone I have, the Desire HD. It’s the MSM8255.

          • http://Website Darren

            Sorry geniusdog, I see that second paragraph was aimed at Nick.

  • http://Website beerbelly

    hmm … in germany on o2 3g network: 1.0 – 1.5 down / 1.2 – 1.6 up

  • http://Website Dan

    Nice phone, but bothered me that he kept saying Megabytes (MB) instead of the correct term Megabits (Mb). Sorry just a pet peeve.

  • http://Website Keith

    My samsung captivate, rooted ofcourse, is getting a reliable 4 mbps down and 1.6 up when im running a good modem in the allentown pa area so att must suck where you are at

  • http://Website kevin

    Nah somethings wrong with this. I’ve gotten 3 mbps on my backflip. On just 3g

  • http://Website was

    i get better data with my 3G Nexus One w/ Tmobile! disappointing!

  • http://Website mbcls

    i’m not getting this phone until i see some better speedtests!
    my samsung captivate with regular hspa gets better (higher) speeds!

  • Battleship

    I’d love to hear about battery life. There have been conflicting reports about it with the Desire HD, which is rather similar to the Inspire, so it would be helpful if you could shed some light on that when you have a chance to average out daily use.

  • http://Website mike

    I get 5MBs down and 1 mbs up on my non-4G vibrant…
    “nations fastest mobile broadband” yeah right

  • http://Website Mark

    WOW! My G2 produces faster speeds than this. Proof: https://picasaweb.google.com/101967927461577300080/DropBox#5569653168203306994

    And that was just during heavy traffic. It’s sad in general that these carriers can tout their products as something it CLEARLY is not. Yes, including T-Mo and get away with it.

  • http://Website revs1227

    wow i get wayyy fatser speed test on my mt4g but i guess it depends on ur area im in nyc
    but the bench is identical

  • http://www.twitter.com/jimmiekain Jimmiekain

    I average 5 to 8 on my sprint evo… here is a screen shot of one I just did 7mb down 1 up. http://twitpic.com/3w9fyw I live in California and the 4g coverage has been pretty good since mid December.

  • http://Website derek

    What?? No hsupa?? Come on art get off your asses and stop locking out hsupa on android devices!

    • http://Website derek


    • http://Website Derek

      What?? I tell at&t to stop locking out hsupa and I get voted down? WTF, stupid at&t fanboys!!

      I have a captivate and they disabled hsupa on it too. I had to root the phone and install a different modem and kernel to re-enable hsupa. Before it was 360-380kbps max upload, now I get 1.5Mbps upload.

      EFF At&t!!

  • Uncemister

    Phone performance wise that is pretty on par with my mytouch 4g, but data wise thats pretty lolfail. 600 mbps ftw.

  • http://Website Deon

    Wow. If you can overclock the G2, a 2nd gen snapdragon CPU set to 800mhz, up to 1.5ghz w/o breaking much of a sweat, then imagine what you can overclock this phone to. It’s basically just 200mhz faster than the G2, it’s the same 2nd gen CPU. Could easily get it to 1.7, maybe 1.8ghz. It’ll be FAST!

  • http://Website B

    Nice looking phone, but AT&T has a little way to go in the Android world. They’re moving fairly quickly, hardware-wise, but no side-loading, etc. doesn’t help them. Then to see these speeds, which I understand vary from place to place, and I look at my Speedtest results from 10 seconds ago on my T-mobile Vibrant (insert laughing now if you’d like), and I’m getting 3986 kbps down and 1751 up.

  • http://Website NODO-GT

    the score might be high but look at those FPS in 3D benchmarks, they are pretty much low compared to for example galaxy s.
    looks like the gpu in this snapdragon is till pretty weak, talking about Adreno 205…
    tegra 2 has really crazy FPSs during quadrant bench.
    and i think thats what really matters in terms of performance.
    the 2.3 2.2 android are not laggy at all with those 1GHz CPUs. when it comes to gaming there will be real difference between this CPUs because of GPU power.

  • http://Website ninjaceatops

    WHAT!?!? some of you are so mis-informed att is slower than most 4g networks but att 3g=7.2mbps, when they launch “4G” it will be hspa+ (same tech as T-mo) tmobile will call hspa+ 4g and run it up to 42mbps this year they say THEY WILL NEVER RUN hspa+ at 600mbps its not possible only LTE can handle said, speeds! att will run Lte at 20-24mbps and you will fall onto a 14mbps network when not on LTE, verizion has 8-10Mbps on Lte now and you drop to their snail pace 3.2mbps when not on LTE Att has esentally combined the t-mo/verizion network technologies, if they do it right, after 10 million iphone users flee to verizon they will have a sweet network att is crappy now but they also have twice as many smartphones as verizon, actually att has more smartphone users than t-mo has customers just an FYI, honestly I love t-mo, and att but verizon is gonna have a real roller-coaster of a network until the have significant LTE footprint. if your in a big city tmo rocks in the sticks not so much!!! and dont talk about fiber backhaul at&t owns, operates and has more backhaul than verizon or t-mo trust me i install it for a living!

  • http://Website Jeremiah

    Hey guys, thanks for this info but please.. This hurts, “which is much nearly 50% more powerful than the…” please correct that.

    Cheers and keep up the good work.

  • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

    Quadrant is a TERRIBLE benchmark. I’ve had this discussion with Taylor. It’s inaccurate, easily fooled (I tricked it into giving my Epic a score of 2597) and not representative of real-world performance. (Example: the ridiculously poor scores it gives phones using the RFS file system when they perform virtually identically to EXT2 in terms of I/O performance.)

    I’d recommend a benchmark like SmartBench 2010 instead. It’s been demonstrated to be more accurate and the developer has been working closely with the XDA developers community to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the application. He’s also working on a 2011 version that will provide benchmarking support for dual-core SoCs.

  • http://Website Cris H

    Yawn… I get 9.8 Mbps on t-mo’s 4g

  • Vinnyj

    This guy is obviously an AT&T employee, My T-Mobile speeds with my Nexus One are over 4.5MB DL and on the UL I’m getting a very slid 1.4 MB. Those are speeds from the middle of the day. I also have the MyTouch 4G and speeds on that phone are over 6.5MB during the day and the UL is the same at 1.4 MB. AT&T come March 1st better flip the switch because those UL speeds just plain suck big time. The DL speeds are not 4G at all, 2MB isn’t slow but is far from anything near wbat I get from T-Mobile.
    PS The speeds I’m getting from T-Mobile are from inside my office in a brick building, not too shabby.
    AT&T also caps the data and the $$$ is more then T-Mobile.

    Thank You T–Mobile, now bring us Tegra power.

  • http://emuneee.com evan

    Yea it definitely seems AT&T is disabling HSUPA as they have done with every capable device besides the iPhone 4. 4G yea right.

  • http://Website Meet2x4

    It’s totally F’d that they’re crippling this phone right now. Such a shame. I’m an AT&T fan but they shot themselves in the foot touting their first 3.5G phone and not even have the network turned on. Sad part it’s been ready in my area for almost 2 years now. I’ve seen firsthand what it’s capable of when they first started testing. This is just as screwed up as the people on Sprint in my area paying an extra 10 dollars a month for their 3.5G service that wasn’t even on yet! At least there’s no extra charge for the extra speed, just a new device, which doesn’t hurt my feelings any since I’m sick of my iPhone. And forgive me if I’m wrong but isn’t T-Mo essentially leasing AT&T bandwidth? If-so-facto wouldn’t that in turn make the T-Mo experience the same as AT&T when they flip the switch?? Hands down AT&T’s marketing strategy on this is the wrong approach. I mean c’mon, show up WAY late to a heavy metal show and play an accoustic set???? The only thing I’m excited about is that your speed won’t suffer too much when off their LTE network. Even then their LTE network is 2nd or 3rd quarter of this year and their flagship phone for this whole 4G fiasco, the Atrix, is only going to be HSPA+ capable. No LTE support on the device when LTE is only a few months away? Seriously?? Horrible planning on their part.

  • http://Website Derek

    Well, when they were sole provider of iphone4, it was the only phone on their network capable of hsupa. Now that they arent sole provider of iphone4, there’s no reason to keep all their high end android phone crippled like this.