Sep 18 AT 11:48 AM Nick Gray 16 Comments

HTC One max benchmark score hints at Snapdragon 600/S4 Pro SoC


For months rumors regarding the HTC One max have suggested that the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 S0C, the same chip used in the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. That rumor was first disputed by @evleaks last week when he claimed that the One max would be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064, which is classified a Snapdragon 600 but advertised as a S4 Pro (yeah, we know it’s confusing). New images of the phone appear to confirm @evleaks’ claims, showing an AnTuTu benchmark score of 26417 – roughly the same score I get on my HTC One.

If you call it an S4 Pro or a Snapdragon 600, it doesn’t change the fact that you should no longer expect the HTC One max to feature performance on par with the most recent flagship Android phones. An HTC One max powered by a quad-core 1.7GHz APQ8064 SoC isn’t going to be the fastest phone on the market, but hopefully it will allow HTC to keep the cost of the phone down and allow service providers to sell it below the $300 on-contract price of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Does an HTC One max with a Snapdragon 600/S4 Pro SoC lose a bit of its appeal?

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Via: GSM Arena

Source: Weibo

Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. Nick joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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  • breckdroid

    Well if this come to be true, then the “Max” is more or less just a reference to the physical/screen size of the phone.

    • Nick Gray

      Personally, I would not have any issue with that if “mini” meant the same thing. But since the mini has a Snapdragon 400, half the RAM and half the storage, it shouldn’t be unreasonable to think that the “max” should be a better spec’d device than the One.

      • breckdroid

        Yeah I agree Nick. The Mini seemed to live up to its name in many aspects, buy the Max is not shaping up that way. I wonder if this is a reflection of all their troubles. Maybe they intended to beef it up in true “Max” fashion, but things have changed in HTC Land and costs(specs) needed to be cut.

  • surg3d

    Man, I’m rooting for HTC but if they’re planning on going head to head with the Note 3 this is not gonna help them.

  • jamal adam

    I feel that it does lose some appeal without the Snapdragon 800 because this is supposed to be in direct competition with the likes of the Note III.

  • josue85

    If true, this changes everything for me. I was going to skip the Note 3 and wait on the Max (I like HTC’s styling), but not if it features a chip that isn’t much stronger than my current Note 2.

    • Nick Gray

      If you’re simply looking at benchmark scores to judge the difference in power between the note II and the One max, the AnTuTu scores shown there (roughly 26,000) and roughly 45% higher than what the Note II scores (roughly 18,000).

      According to Phone Arena, the Note 3 scores in the 29,000 range with AnTuTu, giving it a only a slight edge over the HTC One max. But I’d like to remind everyone that benchmark numbers never give a good picture as to how the phone will actually perform since all of these phones are running on different versions of Android with custom software.

  • thelaud

    I too am disappointed by the specs. Like many of you I was waiting for something that would rival the Note 3. In my opinion this would not even rival the Note 2. This developement and the sealed battery may have sealed a Samsung for me. HTC sales will definitely suffer because of this.

  • bda6115

    I don’t know…this may not hurt HTC as much as you think it would. The “average Joe”…which is a vast majority of the folks that walk into their carrier’s store and buy devices…could really care less whats inside of it unless you tell them.

    IF they can keep the same smooth operation on the Max that they have on the One…the processor type won’t matter. Everyone should wait for this thing to get into the hands of whatever tech site you believe in and see what they have to say about it first.

    If it performs just as well as the competition and then trumps them on build, sound, etc…it may do just fine afterall. I also believe the SD600 has plenty of horsepower to last just about anyone a solid 1-2 years.

    • surg3d

      Nice try, HTC.

    • Robairto

      Your thinking is closest to the truth. If you added up all of the tech geeks who really get deep into specifications across America, it’s probably less than 20,000. Really relatively a drop in the bucket and far as sales. The vast majority of the buyers out there just want a phone that looks good, is smooth and fast,takes decent pictures and has a good battery life. Personally, I may have a hard time paying full price for something that isn’t reported with the best current technology. Too bad the companies won’t put out a ‘+’ or ‘pro’ edition

  • Fulaman

    Fastest phone is going to be Sony Xperia Z1, it uses Snapdragon 800 and it’s software enhancements are what contribute to it being so fast.

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  • donger

    Still a beastly phone.

  • Tom Andrejko

    I’ll take the one max over samsucks any day. The one is the best smartphone I have ever used hands down. Benchmarks are pointless in the long run. And the 800 really isn’t much different. Couple months from now will have new soc with adreno 420. And on and on. Build quality more important

  • elmando

    Until now i still love my htc one max,root,custom rom and custom kernel.i get 30771 on antutu benchmark.stable and smooth.