At this point, we’re roughly 100 hours out from the official unveiling of the HTC Ville (HTC One S), but that doesn’t mean there’s nothing new to report. It turns out someone has been playing around with HTC’s new handset and decided to see what it was capable of by running the NenaMark2 benchmark.
Previous to today’s numbers, the highest scoring HTC device on the NenaMark2 has been the myTouch 4G Slide, which averaged a mediocre 46.44 with its dual-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S3 chip. So how did the HTC Ville fair with the new 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip? The three-score average for the Ville is listed at 57.4 with a high score of 60.6, capturing the second spot on the NenaMark2 global rank chart. The only device with a higher average score of 60.1 is an Android Reference Design handset equipped with a Vivante GC4000 GPU.
We’ve already gone over the benefits of Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 chips, but it’s still nice to see real benchmark numbers from production handsets that back up Qualcomm’s claim of the improved processing capabilities in the new 28nm SoC architecture.
The guys over at AnandTech have put Qualcomm’s Mobile Development Platform with its MSM8960 chip (same chip that powers the HTC Ville) through a few more benchmarks and have done a great job of comparing it to the performance of NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. Their final conclusion is that the dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 chip holds a performance advantage over the quad-core Tegra 3 when it comes to everyday tasks, while both platforms are competitive in GPU benchmarks.
Qualcomm's strengths are clearly single/lightly threaded CPU performance as Krait is able to offer some significant steps forward in that department. Tegra 3 can hold onto an advantage in heavily threaded apps, but I'm not entirely convinced that in phones we'll see a lot of that.Anand Lal Shimpi AnandTech
Many of you are patiently waiting to see what HTC, Samsung, Sony, Huawei, Motorola and LG will be unveiling at Mobile World Congress. What we really want to know is what chip you really want in your next Android phone. Is the reduced power consumption and increased CPU performance of Qualcomm’s new chip architecture a better option than the crazy graphical performance the Tegra 3 chip is capable of with its quad-core processor?