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HTC One (M8) And One (E8) Review: A Flagship And Its Sidekick


AnTuTu is an Android system benchmark designed to test the performance capabilities of four major aspects of mobile devices: graphics (encompassing 2D, UI, and basic 3D), CPU (fixed, floating-point, and threading), RAM (read and write), and I/O (read and write).

HTC's One (M8) performs almost identically to Google's Nexus 5, losing a little ground when it comes to RAM and CPU speed, but gaining back points thanks to a faster GPU. The Xiaomi Mi3's Tegra 4 chipset does well in this benchmark.

Basemark OS II

Rightware is an experienced multiplatform benchmark developer. The company leverages this experience with Basemark OS II, an all-in-one tool designed for measuring the overall performance of mobile devices. The test is available on all major smartphone platforms, including Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8. Basemark OS II uses a similar approach to Geekbench, but focuses on more application-specific areas, particularly User eXperience (UX), Web browsing, and rendering performance.

Once again, the One (M8) comes close to the Nexus 5. Check out that memory benchmark result, though. Google specifies the Nexus' memory subsystem at 800 MHz, while HTC doesn't publish the One's clock rate. Once again, a higher GPU frequency helps push the One (M8)'s aggregate score to a near-tie.

Geekbench 3

Primate Labs' Geekbench is somewhat of an industry standard due to its long-standing database and wide cross-platform compatibility (Windows/OS X/Linux/iOS/Android). This simple system benchmark produces two sets of scores: single- and multi-threaded. For each, it runs a series of tests in three categories: Integer, Floating Point, and Memory. The individual results are used to calculate category scores, which, in turn, generate overall Geekbench scores.

This test is run on one core of each phone's SoC. We see the One move ahead with a higher memory score than Google's Nexus, which contrasts with the previous two benchmark results. Lets see what happens when multiple cores are utilized.

HTC's One (M8) loses ground to the Nexus, but still registers a superior memory result. Apple's iPhone 5s performs better in this test, pulling slightly ahead of HTC's entry.

MobileXPRT 2013

Principled Technologies' MobileXPRT 2013 is a modern SoC benchmark for Android. It consists of 10 real-world test scenarios split into two categories of testing: Performance and User Experience. The Performance suite contains five tests: Apply Photo Effects, Create Photo Collages, Create Slideshow, Encrypt Personal Content, and Detect Faces to Organize Photos.

It's interesting to see HTC's One (M8) trail slightly behind the Nexus again, particularly since its advertised CPU clock is slightly higher.

The User Experience suite also has five tests: List Scroll, Grid Scroll, Gallery Scroll, Browser Scroll, and Zoom and Pinch. These results are measured in frames per second. The category scores are generated by taking a geometric mean of the ratio between a calibrated machine (Motorola's Droid Razr M) and the test device for each subtest.

Although these results are all pretty close, HTC still ends up in the back of the pack. A slightly lower gallery scroll and zoom/pinch result is responsible for that position, even if we didn't notice any subjective sluggishness during our time with the One (M8).

CompuBench RS

CompuBench RS is somewhat unique, as it's the first professional RenderScript benchmark. It tests the compute performance of heterogeneous multi-core systems on Android devices that support the RenderScript API, meaning it tasks both the CPU and GPU to perform compute-oriented calculations. The physics workload is a particle simulation, the throughput workload is composed of ambient occlusion and fractal calculations, the image processing load is a combination of Gaussian blur and histogram equalization filters, the face detection workload is its own algorithm, and the graphics test renders a scene dubbed 'Province'.

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    Heironious , July 24, 2014 12:39 AM
    The pricing says 1,309.00 for it on Amazon? May as well buy it straight from an authorized dealer for half that. It's a gorgeous phone and I don't regret picking it up over the Samsung S5 (mostly because of the cheap plastic of Samsung).
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    LordConrad , July 24, 2014 2:12 AM
    I love my M8 except for that stupid depth-camera, they should remove it and bring back OIS.
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    blackmagnum , July 24, 2014 2:18 AM
    HTC M8 versus Samsung S5. No contest!
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    JOSHSKORN , July 24, 2014 2:24 AM
    Just stop comparing to the iPhone 5s until a comparable 64-bit chip is released and implemented into Android phones. Until then, the iPhone 5s "appears to be faster" (only on benchmarks) but as many of us know, it justifies buying an iPhone for most users, even though a 64-bit processor in a mobile phone may be pointless (for now).
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    kevith , July 24, 2014 3:22 AM
    What is the price of E8? All over the article it says 699$, more than the M8 at 659.
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    CaedenV , July 24, 2014 4:46 AM
    If I were the android type I would get this phone hands-down. If they released a WP version then I would jump all over it over the stuff Nokia has been pushing out in 2014 so far.

    The only 'complaints' that I have are the lack of wireless charging (impossible due to the metal back plate right?), and the lack of a sort of Nokia Glance screen (though other android devices are picking up similar features). The cover seems to bring that Glance functionality... but I really don't like that cover and would rather not. The thing is that with my lowly 920 I have built myself an upright wireless charging stand, and with glance screen enabled whenever the device has access to power, it makes a most excellent clock/notification center. With my 920 approaching 2 years old I am starting to look for a replacement, and as of the moment I am not finding one. WP has seemingly abandoned the high end devices, I am not apple compatible, and Android devices have a lot of really neat features... but then you deal with non-standard UIs and gimmickey software. I really hope something really good comes out before Christmas because the 920 is not getting any younger.
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    stevessvt , July 24, 2014 6:13 AM
    Wow, these benchmarks are, by far, the lowest I have seen for the M8. 27K in Antutu? Was power saver on?
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    Avus , July 24, 2014 6:17 AM
    Holy!! $1300 for a phone.... I am too cheap for that...

    I am currently using Nexus 5 and happy with it. If I want to buy a phone now, I may want to get an Oneplus One.
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    envy14tpe , July 24, 2014 6:29 AM
    Great phone but that camera is what holds me back from buying it. So Samsung or Google gets my money, although Apple has the best camera. (However, no Apple..screen wayyy to small...Android flagship phones have been over 4" for 2+ years)
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    TeKEffect , July 24, 2014 8:05 AM
    Me and my friend are both having problems with the usb port. They went cheap on the cheapest part. I would google the problem before getting the one.
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    Merry_Blind , July 24, 2014 9:13 AM
    The E8 looks like a great phone for a great price! Can't wait to see the next Nexus phone though. The 5 was definitely best price to performance ratio. If I ever upgrade to a proper smartphone, it will probably be a Nexus, unless they somehow become garbage.
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    PapaCrazy , July 24, 2014 9:47 AM
    I love my One M8. I've had iPhones and Samsungs before. It's hard to explain why this phone is so enjoyable, it really is more than the sum of its parts. Slick UI even better than stock Android, insanely quick in day to day tasks, design features that genuinely make the phone easier to use like tap-to-wake, beautiful audio quality that can even drive my 600ohm(!) headphones to respectable volumes... I actually was planning on getting a Samsung G5 but with the lack of 32gb went with the HTC instead. I had no idea the HTC One was so awesome when I bought it, but glad I did. Next time around I will be looking at HTC first thing.
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    dovah-chan , July 24, 2014 11:27 AM a proud owner
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    dovah-chan , July 24, 2014 11:31 AM
    oh yeah forgot to say that the futuremark benchmarks are invalid as HTC cheated on those for specifically optimizing for them
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    PapaCrazy , July 24, 2014 3:02 PM
    oh yeah forgot to say that the futuremark benchmarks are invalid as HTC cheated on those for specifically optimizing for them

    Not to make excuses for HTC, but the "high performance CPU mode" that becomes unlocked on those tests was made a public feature to downplay the fact that they cheated. So now you can goto Developer Options and enable it yourself 24/7 (with added battery drain). As an overclocker, I find it a cute novelty, but not much more. It's a tangible user benefit to the cheating, though not an excuse for such tactics in benchmarks.
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    Thor God Of Thunder , July 24, 2014 7:43 PM
    HTC makes excellent phones.
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    doogansquest , July 27, 2014 2:08 PM
    Apple's GPU scores aren't exactly accurate. I mean, they have to produce less information in their much lower resolution screens.

    Got to give it to them on their web browsing experience though. They've always been pretty good there. Still the most over-priced-per-performance piece of marketing-to-the-sheep garbage out there.
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    CaedenV , July 29, 2014 1:12 PM
    Woo Hoo! Confirmed yesterday that the HTC One (M8) is going to have a WP version! Sadly it will be tied to VZW, but perhaps there will be an international version that would play nice on ATT or T-Mo network? Still, this looks to be a much better offering than the Lumia 930, cant wait to see a release date and if they are going to mess with the hardware or housing for the WP variant.
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    stealthgamer , August 7, 2014 5:51 AM
    Great value for money phone is Xiaomi Mi3..........
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