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Benchmarks: HTC One X vs. Galaxy Nexus

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Let’s be honest here – benchmarks for the most part, are not something we care all that much about in 2012. Back in 2010 when we were overclocking everything that walked and phones still ran single-core processors, it was a big deal. Now, not so much. With the amount of power in phones today, a benchmark doesn’t tell the full story. With different cameras, screen sizes and techs, and build materials becoming increasingly more important, benchmarks are really just a piece of the puzzle and mostly for bragging rights now. And in the case of the HTC One X with the world’s first quad-core mobile processor inside (aka Tegra 3), bragging is exactly what we aim to do here.

We unfairly compared it to the Galaxy Nexus with its OMAP4460 dual-core chipset since it is the hottest Android device on the block, just to give you an idea as to how the T3 compares to last year’s dual-core chips. So what the G-Nex has to fight with is a “4-PLUS-1” quad-core processor powering a 12-core GPU. “Oh joy!” 

HTC One X (left) vs. Galaxy Nexus (right)



CF Bench



One X

Galaxy Nexus





While the benchmark numbers should be no surprise, I will say that while performing them and watching the graphical elements, the GPU performance truly is remarkable on the HTC One X. Environments that were jittery or slow on the Nexus were buttery smooth on the One X and never really under 50 fps. As we see more and more games developed specifically for chipsets like the Tegra 3, gaming on mobile devices is going to completely change things, if it hasn’t already. It’s scary to think that you have as much power in your pocket as the computer on your desk.

On a related note, Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon S4 (MSM8960) that is in the U.S. LTE version of the One X, is by all means as good if not better in some areas than NVIDIA’s quad-core offering. That phone is not out yet so we couldn’t do comparisons, but Googling it will certainly get you some results. We are about to embark on a mobile journey that will blow minds on performance, gaming and power consumption levels like never before. The Tegra 3 and the first dual-core Snapdragon S4 are just beginning.

More from the HTC One X is on the way. In the mean time, be sure to watch our unboxing and first impressions post.

  • ConCal

    Wow, and imagine it running CM9 or AOKP! 

  • Its great stuff, definitely I will buy HTC One X instead of Galaxy Nexus, i am very impressed by such HTC One X features, and it’s really makes gadgets handy.

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  • Kresot

    the nexus is not perfect yes I have one but it is a great phone. this mnew htc is lets face it kids faster has a better screen and proablably louder with better radio’s.  No it is not  astock ui but I bet sence 4.0 is nice plus the phone has so much muscle that a ui will not slow it down.  And in the fall the next nexus with ti omap 5 or god knows what will be even better but is a niche product. To each their own but this looks a really nice option

  • Bradley Michael

    I was watching a benchmark video for the AT&T version and thought it was interesting that it had 4 lines instead of the three dots for the menu bar

  • David1

    so what is the best phone to get now or later because i am about to upgrade soon and i love big screens

  • josh

    i’m amazed at all of this nexus hate….i’ve never had any issues with my phone and i’ve had it since release

  • CP

    what really matters is that we are all using a platform that doesn’t limit our capabilities, overcharge, lack technology and release products that are the exact same time and time again. HTC devices are amazing and I love my Nexus…Android owners do it right. 

  • Boris Badenov

    wow! i am impressed.

    but by the time i am ready to upgrade this thing is going to be OLD!~

  • F150Fan

    I agree with you on this. The different versions, or higher rather, really don’t mean a whole lot in the long run, as long as what is on your device performs as it should. That there is the whole problem. ICS performs decent on the Nexus, stock form, but not as well as it should considering it is a Google branded device. Maybe I set my hopes too high for the Gnex, but somethings are still not performing like they should. I should not get reboots in the middle of using Google Maps, that is just unacceptable. I really like ICS, but the hardware may not be playing as well as it should be with the software. Also, there are still many apps that do not play well with ICS. This is also wearing on the experience. Lately it has been harder for me to use Android. Not sure why though. I could be expecting too much from Google and the awesomeness that is Android.