“Google Nexus 5” Appears at GFXBench With “Hammerhead” Codename, 1080p Display, and Snapdragon 800


I think it’s pretty safe to assume at this point that LG is making the next Nexus phone for Google. There have been enough leaks out of bars, the FCC, and even Google’s own campus to leave us with little doubt. The only things we don’t know for sure, are what the name will be and if Google has any tricks up its sleeve to set this device apart from a crowded market with a dozen or so legitimate top tier players. If a recent benchmark through GFXBench is to be believed, the oft-used “Nexus 5” name could at least be correct.  (more…)

Even Though Benchmarks Are Silly, the LG G2’s Still Crush

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While we don’t tend to care about benchmarks as much as we used to, we figured we would at least do a couple to give you a rough idea of what to expect performance wise from the LG G2. As you can see from the two I took above, the results are pretty much off the charts, given that the device is running the new Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, has 2GB of RAM and also features that GRAM technology that LG bragged about.  (more…)

Benchmarks for Nexus 4 LTE and X Phone Appear Running New Versions of Android, Probably Shouldn’t Believe Them Though

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Don’t worry, we’ve seen your tips hit our inbox. We are well aware that benchmarks for devices named “Google Nexus 4 LTE” and “Google X phone” are appearing through apps like AnTuTu. We also know that both have been rumored off and on over the last couple of months as potential Google I/O launch devices. But pardon us if we aren’t buying into these benchmarks being legit or giving us any reason to call anything as “confirmed.” Let me explain.  (more…)

LG Optimus G2 for T-Mobile Spotted in Benchmarks Running Snapdragon 800

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Benchmarks were recently filed through GL Benchmark that point directly towards the upcoming LG Optimus G2 for T-Mobile. Previously, we discussed this device for two main reasons – first that it would be launched possibly running Android 5.0 aka Key Lime Pie, and that it would come powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor. Today, we can start the process of confirming at least one part of that, as the device has shown up as the LG D801, sporting the MSM8974 (800).  (more…)

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.  (more…)

Qualcomm Releases Updated Vellamo Benchmark Tool With New Beautiful UI

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Qualcomm released a major update to their Vellamo benchmark Android app last night and it looks stunning. Aside from the UI changing to a 2012-esque styling, they updated the browser benchmarks and added tests for WebGL, network testing, and also for HTML video. If you haven’t benchmarked your phone in a while, now would be a good time to.

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HTC One X Benchmarks: Tegra 3 (Quad-core) vs. Snapdragon S4 (Dual-core)


First, if you haven’t checked out our full review of the AT&T HTC One X, then you will want to do that. After doing that, let’s go ahead and start the conversation about benchmarks between the AT&T, Snapdragon S4 version and the Tegra 3, unlocked version of the phone.

With NVIDIA not having LTE modems for their quad-core processors just yet, carriers that want this phone with LTE capabilities are having to swap out the Tegra 3 in favor of the dual-core Snapdragon S4. Both processors are beasts in their own right, so we thought, “What better way to see if we can find a difference than through a handful of tests?” For those that hate benchmarks and think they mean nothing, we would agree with you to a point. We would have to disagree in that these at least give us something to compare against. We can flip through home screens all day long, open and close apps, look for stutters, etc., but in the end, you need to have numbers. Benchmarks give us numbers.   (more…)