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Video: Watch a Tegra 3 One X and a Snapdragon S4 One X Go Head-to-Head


A friend sent over this video last night which shows a head-to-head battle between two HTC One X devices, one powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and the other by a dual-core Snapdragon S4. The focus here is on the boot-up times for both followed by an AnTuTu benchmark. What’s clear in this video, is that for pure power and speed, the Tegra 3 seems to easily come out on top. In fact, at one point during the bootup, the man behind the camera lets the Tegra 3 sit at the unlock screen for a few seconds before deciding to unlock and boot into Sense and still beats the S4. During the benchmark, it finishes a solid 30 seconds or so faster and produces a score almost double that of the Snapdragon. It’s an impressive video for Tegra enthusiasts, even if we do not know the whole setup or scenario here. Unfortunately for those that wish to get some T3 play, you won’t any time soon here in the U.S. unless you decide to import a device with one from overseas. No LTE, no America.

And we probably don’t need to remind you of this, but will anyway. This is one benchmark out of dozens that are available. We have seen the S4 beat the T3 in some, with the T3 outdoing the S4 in others. What we know for sure is that both processors are beasts and will one day find a time to do some of these comparisons ourselves, so that we know the whole story. Until that happens though, feel free to talk about what you just saw.

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  • jdrch

    Really sucks for Nvidia that Qualcomm’s refusing to play with Tegra 3

  • 6895533

    hey guys look at the atutu benchmark results the galaxy s3 is in top and if you click on it you can kinda see a image of the device looks sexy 🙂

  • JustSayin’

    Actually, the Snapdragon One X was on the LEFT, while the T3 was on the RIGHT.  You can see this at the very end where it shows the CPU speed: 1.5GHz for the phone on the LEFT (S4), and 1.3GHz for the phone on the RIGHT (T3).

    The Snapdragon has more PURE speed, in other words.

    • JustSayin’

      Er, end of the benchmark.  Fail for me.

      But a huge fail for this article for misrepresentation!

  • o1dmon

    My stock Galaxy S II GT – i91000 beats the snapdragon with no mods / roms / overclocking at all. I have really come to love this device as what android should be like (minus touchwiz of course)

  • Imns

    In all seriousness, can we please start using a word other than beast to describe any halfway decent phone?

  • duke69111

    I run the same test at the same time on my LTE Galaxy nexus rooted, no other mods or custom roms, just for fun.  I did not reboot my phone and it has been 4 or 5 days since I last rebooted.  
    1. Kept up with the quad core phone until the graphics test and even then it was only a few seconds behind.  My nexus was blown away in the sd card io test.  
    2. My Nexus dominated the dual core until the sd card IO test then it fell way behind.  
    3.  Galaxy Nexus finished 44 seconds after the quad core and 14 seconds after the dual core.  
    4. The sd card IO test really cost my nexus the test compared to the quad core.
    My over all score was about 300 higher than the dual core and about 3000-4000 lower than the dual core.

  • ddevito

    Yet neither will be able to sniff OMAP 5’s jock.

    • Cowboydroid

      The OMAP in the GNexus is not impressive at all, and can’t even best Samsung’s Exynos in the SII, despite coming out 7 months later.

      • ddevito

        Okay take notes kid.

        1. GNex has an OMAP 4460 – which is an OMAP 4. I said OMAP 5.

        2. The GNex has an ancient GPU, which explains weak benchmarks. This has nothing to do with the CPU.

        Do some homework before talking smack about a device you probably don’t own.

        • Gabba

          Please, for the sake of reputation of android, go to iphone.  You’re the type of rapid fan they’ll welcome with open arms; we don’t need an insecure child who links their self-image to a phone around these parts

          • ddevito

            Please, for the sake of the educated folks who read this site, learn the English language before spraying your nonsense in comments.

            (RAPID fan?) LOL. Too funny.

      • ddevito

        Look up OMAP 5 tests and how it smacked Tegra 3 around like its little bitch.

        • Levi

          That’s funny. Cause my ReZound smacks your precious GNexus around like a little bitch in benchmarks 😉

          • ddevito

            Funny – I said OMAP 5. GNex has 4.

            Reading is fundamental. Read slower.

          • Levi

            It’s okay. just admit that your “Developer phone” got beat.

          • ddevito

            Just admit you can’t read well.

            I wouldn’t trade my GNex for anything else VZW has at the moment. Oh, and by the way, it also has ICS. REAL ICS.

            Just admit you’re bitter for waiting on an ICS update.

          • Levi

            I have REAL ICS, and a fully unlocked bootloader ;). The Nexus sucks. Funny cause offically when my reZound gets ics iit’ll be higher then what you can get straight from google. LOL.

        • ajaxman93

          If I remember correctly, the OMAP 5 is running the Cortex A15 architecture versus the Tegra 3’s Cortex A9. Of course there is going to be a difference and I believe Nvidia is releasing a Tegra 3+ with Cortex A15 architecture in the fall, just in time to compete with the OMAP 5 🙂

      • That’s not the OMAP 5 you fool.

      • kixofmyg0t

         Umm….the SGX 540 in the “G-Nex” came out in Nov 2007 dude. What did you expect?


  • It’s not terribly surprising… Snapdragons just caught up with every other type of processor with the S4 series. Previously, they seemed to be about 25% less efficient, clock for clock. Definitely glad to see them finally catch up… but the Tegra just has more horsepower at this point.

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  • Guest

    Skewed results:

    1) AT&T version has boot logo as noted by others
    2) AT&T version seems to be booting into Android for the first time after flashing (Tegra3 version doesn’t show the Android Optimizing Apps screen, which takes a long time)
    3) AnTuTu benchmark is known to scale to the number of cores (which is not indicative of day to day use Android apps – check any T3 vs. S4 benchmark). So yes, it was known that T3 beats S4 in that benchmark

  • Dvukovich

    I just benchmarked my Verizon Galaxy Nexus using An Tu Tu and when checking the “List Chart” the #1 ranked device is the “Samsung Galaxy S III” with an included picture. Just thought I’d pass it along in case it is a legitimate leak. Lol.

  • UNFAIR! One was in airplane mode and the other wasn’t! =P

    • The airplane mode one lost though….

  • c4v3man

    The only thing that stood out to me was the difference in storage speed. The SD card (which is not really a SD card) tests are 26MBps write on the T3, 10MBps on the S4. Read speeds were also different but only by a few MBps. If the S4 is truly that much slower with storage interactions, then taking photos, copying over videos and music will be noticeable slower. 

    I’m curious if there is something else running in the background on the AT&T phone, like the gallery indexing pictures or something else. Might explain the delays, and the low speeds.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      I noticed that as well. I am betting that AT&T went with slower flash chips on their model to save costs. Either that, or the memory is two interleaved chips on the 32GB model and only a single 16GB chip on the other. I am doubting that the processor had much to do with it in any case.

      As for the background tasks, it’s very possible. You’ll note that the S4 phone had an “upgrading android” message on startup – I have only seen that message when you are doing a Dalvik Cache wipe. That fact alone made me skeptical of the results as a whole, but there were a lot of other factors that make it seem very fishy,

      • c4v3man

        Agree. Haven’t run an ICS ROM in awhile, but I don’t recall seeing the upgrading screen other than the first time I booted up… but then it would also show the sign in/configure wizard, so I’m sure you’re right on the davlik cache wipe. 

        I’m sure as the author states, that it’s entirely possible that the S4 will be slower in certian tasks, and faster at others, so I’m certainly not trying to defend the S4 at all costs… these results just seem rushed and haphazard. 

  • Deadwolph

    Did anyone notice that the snapdragon was set on airplane mode, where the t3 was showing full 3g/4g connection. Not sure if it would be that big of a deference to the overall out come, just wanted to see if anyone else caught that also.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      Yep. He probably only has one SIM. For the sake of completeness, he should have removed it from the other phone as well.

    • Christopher Riner

      I thought airplane mode helped benchmarks, anyways?

  • Zebra

    You can’t really compare the boot times as the S4 has the ATT pre-animation added, which adds time to the boot either way.

  • Jeremy Turnley

    Well, a few things to point out about this not really being apples-to-apples:
    1. That’s not a production AT&T phone, the ones we have seen from early sales have an AT&T logo on the front, which this one doesn’t.
    2. The different kernels, and versions of Sense will skew results.
    3. The boot time is skewed by the inclusion of an extra AT&T boot animation.

    Once both phones are on the market for a bit and we can see them running the same custom ROM, we can get an actual comparison.

    In any case, the difference are pretty minimal, and you won’t really notice much difference when not running benchmarks. On a two year contract both phones are going to be just as obsolete by the time you get a new one, so in the end it really doesn’t matter.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Very interesting. Thanks for posting.

  • Stephen Morrison

    HA! The S4 was even behind one minute on the clock widget after the test.

  • John

    Why do people feel the need to add music to every type of video like this

    • Stephen Morrison

      It only seemed to work with the Knights and their swords, otherwise I was thinking the same as you.

    • Liderc

      lol I actually liked it.  Would have never watched the whole thing if it wasn’t for the music. 

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  • KS

    Dumb question but how can you tell which is which? 

    • Stephen Morrison

      The one on the left was the clear winner, which as it says in the article is the tegra, so it’s the left one.

    • Jeremy Turnley

      The One on the right (pun intended) is the AT&T, it had the corporate boot animation.

  • Bill Anderson

    What’s the “Down Arrow” next to the menu on the S3 version?

    • Bill Anderson

      Ahhh, the S3 is actually pushing more pixels and alpha blending on its “menu button”….

      • RadicalPie

        Yeah it looks as though you can hide the menu button?

    • Jeremy Turnley

      It looks like you can minimize the soft menu bar – that’s actually a pretty awesome improvement over the Sense version on the T3.

  • EC8CH

    Nice menu buttons 😛