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For this comparison, we chose a series of games selected by Nvidia and optimized for Tegra 3. The only limitation we imposed was that the titles also had to be available for iOS, so we could compare the Tegra 3’s visuals to that of the iPhone 5. We added two more test platforms, a Samsung Galaxy S III and a pre-release Google Nexus 4, to compare Nvidia’s chip to GPUs from ARM and Qualcomm.
HTC One X+
Apple iPhone 5
Google Nexus 4
Samsung Galaxy S III
Nvidia Tegra 3 (AP37)
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064)
Samsung Exynos 4 (4412)
Cortex-A9 @ 1.7 GHz (quad-core)
Swift @ 1.3 GHz (dual-core)
Krait @ 1.5 GHz (quad-core)
Cortex-A9 @ 1.4 GHz (quad-core)
ULP GeForce @ 520 MHz
PowerVR SGX543MP3 @ 266 MHz
Mali-400 MP4 @ 400 MHz
4.7” S-LCD 2 @ 1280x720 (312 PPI)
4” IPS LCD @1136x640 (326 PPI)
4.7” WXGA IPS @1280x768 (318 PPI)
4.8” Super AMOLED @1280x720 (306 PPI)
|*Qualcomm does not disclose the frequency of the Adreno 320.|
**The Storage specs are off the base models to help with pricing.
***Base models, as of 12/20/12.
|Beach Buggy Blitz||Yes|
|Fruit Ninja||Separate THD Edition|
|Galaxy On Fire 2||THD-only*|
|Grand Theft Auto III|
|SoulCraft||Separate THD Edition|
|The Dark Meadow: The Pact||Yes|
|*Also available for the Sony Xperia Play.|
When available, we ran the Tegra HD (THD) version of each game on the HTC One X+. The standard Android version from Google Play was used on the Galaxy S III and Nexus 4. Obviously, the iOS version from the App Store was used on the iPhone 5. So that everyone can test at home, all but one of the games we’ve selected is a free title. Our one exception, Grand Theft Auto III is only five bucks, and in our opinion, well worth the price of admission considering the very un-mobile scope of this sandbox favorite.
Remember that today we’re concentrating on visual differences rather than performance, so don’t expect the usual frames-per-second performance data. Instead, we have side-by-side screen shots of the same area in each game on all four test phones. While we originally wanted to provide a video comparison between the various games, due to DRM issues, we weren’t able to. Besides, screen capture software for today’s mobile devices causes far too much of a performance impact to make the comparison valid.