Feb 23 AT 9:19 AM Nick Gray 28 Comments

HTC Ville posts chart-topping NenaMark2 benchmark scores


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?

Via: TmoNews

Source: NenaMark

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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  • YMS123

    So, S4 in my phone, Tegra 3 in my tablet… Hopefully….

    • Jeff Pan

      That is the ideal thing you want

      Phone – Dual Core Snapdragon
      Tablet – Quad Core Tegra 3

      • Moosa Mahsoom

        Hold it!!!Qualcomm S4 is a Cortex A15 class processor!!!!Remember that TI OMAP 5 dual core will beat all quad-cores. Its something like that..

      • spazby

        I like that

  • PapaLos

    It’s too early for me to process all this information. All I got was ”t mobile”, ”htc ville”, and ”ridiculously fast phone”.

    I guess that’s all I need to know, huh. :-)

    • inviolable

      Well its working for me

  • http://theandroidappshow.com Lane

    I am starting to think having 4 cores isn’t all it is cracked up to be.

    In any case the Screencast app doesn’t support Tegra so I won’t be buying a Tegra device again.

    • http://www.brandonvfletcher.com Brandon V. Fletcher

      I think thats whats going with iPad 3. A5X will probably be a better dual core processor instead of a quad-core

      • Moosa Mahsoom

        A5 still has the best mobile GPU.

        • Smooth3d

          Nope, according to anandtech the S4 is the fastest chipset ever tested. Its faster then the A5 and Tegra 3

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      Just wait for qua-core S4 chips with the Adreno 3xx GPU. That thing’s gonna blow people’s minds.

      • http://androidandme.com Taylor Wimberly

        Qualcomm said they will have prototypes at MWC. We could see it in devices by end of 2012.

  • bellken

    more processing power is great, better batter life would be even better

  • Hall Lo

    Quietly brillant :)
    Though this time its not HTC but Qualcomm for the S4

  • leroybrute

    Nenamark2 for galaxy sII tmobile with snapdragon s3 with adreno 220 is 54.1 average. Article not to accurate!

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      What did we get wrong. We mentioned the HTC myTouch 4G slide as the highest scoring HTC device before the Ville jumped in. If we missed something else, let me know.

      • leroybrute

        Im sorry your right but LG and even Samsung are using snapdragon now(galaxy note). Which tend to get better benchmark scores than HTC with the same chips because of the heavy sense ui. My Rezound has the exact chip and ram as the tmobile gsII s3 at 1.5ghz and the gsII kills it. I just think all brands should be concidered. Not HTC branded hardware.

        • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

          But to your point, the HTC phones typically perform worse due to Sense. Since the Ville is running Sense it’s a better comparison with the HTC myTouch 4G Slide than the other phones.

          Also, lets keep in mind that the HTC phones powered by S3 chips are using higher resolution displays than LG and Samsung. This has a huge effect on benchmark scores which are run at native screen resolution.

  • jamal adam

    It seem that Qualcomm was smart in using the Cortex-A15 architecture for their dual-core S4 because it is better than Tegra 3 in many cases, except when it comes to graphics. Qualcomm needs to step up their GPU and all will be good for them. This is not to say that the Tegra 3 with its quad-core is not a beast, which in fact it is but A15 had an upper hand on the A9 architecture.

    • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

      GPU improvements will be coming later this year to the S4 chip and we could see the updated SoC used in devices in Q4.

  • cwjones4

    all of these new chipsets being teased makes it really hard to chose just one phone to upgrade to. don’t think i can hold out until the quad core S4 at the end of the year, but man that would be awesome.

    • Nathan D.

      Me to! All this talk about them makes it hard not to jump on these phones.

      • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

        It’s always tempting to buy the latest and greatest devices, but my rule is always to wait 18 months. I’ll be buying the Ville when it comes out, but I’m upgrading from a T-Mobile G2 with an 800 MHz S2 processor.

        The different between the two is going to be mind boggling – something that many people miss out one when they update every 6-12 months.

        • Wunako

          im in the same boat as u sense im meh about but i know i could always root, even though i would love to get the one x on tmo instead of the ville, theyre both my raidar on my upgrade from my g2

  • Nathan D.

    I don’t know if anything I will probably have S4 in my next phone since it performs better in day to day task and I’ll will use tegra 3 in my tablet for extreme gaming.


    Give me horsepower and graphics on my tablet… battery life and smooth operation on my smartphone.

  • Joe*D

    I was gung ho on the idea of the LG optimus 4x for a day or so until I read up on the S4 dual core. This looks to be a solid phone.

  • bigsteve

    Even the omap4 1.5ghz beats out the tegra 3. I couldn’t