The HTC One X was possibly the most hyped device of Mobile World Congress. It happens to be the first quad-core Android smartphone, with an NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor. But soon after, we found out that the US version (HTC One XL) would not feature a Tegra 3 chip, but a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Krait processor, instead.
Needless to mention that this became a large topic of discussion within the Android community. Some users want their 4-plus-1 cores while others stated that Snapdragon S4 Krait processors outperform NVIDIA’s chipset. We have seen that such statement is true, benchmarks prove that Krait processors are much stronger. And one of the few HTC One XL testers has give us a bit of light about the matter.
We have already seen these processors being compared before, but this seems to be the first time it is done with an HTC One XL, specifically. The user, Phonegeek, put the device to the test with Vellamo and Quadrant benchmarks. The HTC One XL outperforms the ASUS Transformer Prime (Tegra 3) by a handful, and it more than doubles the score of the Galaxy Nexus on both tests. This comes to show that Qualcomm’s 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 is no small competitor.
It is yet unclear how great the device will operate. Benchmarks and real-life performance many times do not go hand-in-hand. But it certainly isn’t the worst downfall to see HTC drop the Tegra 3 processor in favor of some 4G LTE compatibility. The processor is still awesome, and it looks like it could be much better.