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Benchmarks: LG Nexus 4 vs. HTC DROID DNA

The LG Nexus 4 and the HTC DROID DNA are arguably the hottest two phones on the planet, right now. Our coverage of each has certainly been in overdrive, and rightfully so. With quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processors, tons of RAM, and big beautiful screens, these phones are fun to talk about. Beyond being fun to talk about, they are a pleasure to use throughout a day.

And speaking of using – performance on both is about as good as it gets. The 2GB of RAM in each coupled with the latest and greatest processor from Qualcomm leaves little doubt that these are the most powerful phones on the planet. You won’t find stuttering or slow loading times at all with either phone. But how do they stack up against each other? Well, that’s a tricky question because both seem to have few flaws when it comes to performance. 

With that said, we thought we’d run a few of the popular benchmarks on the Play store to get results that can be compared. While we wouldn’t call this an “official” test or anything, it does sort of show you that stock Android may not be optimized to win benchmark battles all that often. Remember, that both phones run the same processor and each have 2GB of RAM, yet the DROID DNA is the clear winner in almost every benchmark.

We tend to take benchmark results lightly, and usually never put much stock into them. But hey, isn’t comparing fun?

Quadrant

Smartbench

Vellamo

AnTuTu

Surprised by any of this? Or are you like us, and think it means very little for either phone?

  • supa_dupa

    So, the older version of Android + heavy Sense UI works better than newer stock Android?

    Nexus 4: 4.2
    Quadrant:4870, Antutu:10048

    HTC Droid DNA 4.1.2
    Quadrant:8142, Antutu:14537

    Summer 2013

    Nexus 4: Android 5
    Quadrant:4520, Antutu:9537

    HTC Droid DNA: 4.1.2
    Quadrant:8142, Antutu:14537

  • blaaaacccckiieee

    Now

    I got a big dick.

    Summer 2013

    I still got a big dick.

    Fall 2013

    My dick is still as big.

    That is all.

  • PuzzleShot

    Man, what kind of processor/software optimizations are these manufacturers making, and why aren’t they merging into AOSP?

  • thomasyim02

    Don’t test it when the device don’t have enough battery

    • TylerChappell

      Both of those batteries look to be at least 25-40%, which would be sufficient as any power management should not have kicked on yet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/steven.elliott.524596 Steven Elliott

    I’ve had Motorola and Samsung phones since I first got into smartphones. I’ve never been interested in HTC because my aunt had a Thunderblot. I just didn’t like it. This may change my mind as my Galaxy Nexus is coming nearer to the end.

  • http://www.youtube.com/lordstickmax LordStickMax

    i really don’t get how the same spec phones can have such a drastic difference.

  • jeff manning

    If you read the AnandTech review, the reviewer says that problem with the nexus 4 is that when running these benchmarks the thermal throttle turns on and drops the processor to use just two cores.

  • ric626

    Anyone know where i can get that wallpaper?

  • dcdttu

    Is this a Nexus 4 with the latest update to 4.2 – post release on the 13th? I’d really like to know, as a number of things were changed.

  • Simon Belmont

    This is kind of confusing. They’re both running the same SoC and have the same amount of RAM, but the DNA totally owns it.

    My only guess is the RAM being used is faster and the I/O is better on the DNA. The fact that the DNA is running Sense 4+ and still owning a stock JB is insane.

  • http://twitter.com/jamdev12 jamdev12

    Ok I don’t get this. Only reason why the DNA would beat the Nexus 4 would be because the CPU is clocked higher. They both have the same CPU and GPU as I have read so why is the DNA that much faster when it is pushing twice as many pixels than the Nexus 4. It doesn’t make sense.