Android Dual-Core Smartphone Benchmarking Comparisons

Jonathan Morris
June 3, 2011

So you’ve read the reviews of the latest dual-core Android smartphones, but what about the raw power figures on the Motorola ATRIX, HTC Sensation, Samsung Galaxy S II and the LG Optimus 2X?

We thought we’d put all the dual-core handsets in a line and test them with two of the standard benchmarking tools, Neocore and Quadrant, in order to see which handset came out on top.

To make it interesting, we also threw in a Sony Ericsson Xperia arc to see how much of a difference a dual-core processor makes over a single-core processor. As you’ll see, there wasn’t as much in it as you might expect when it came to the graphical performance, but that changed with the Quadrant benchmarking results.

It’s important to point out that there’s more to life than benchmark results, so don’t take this too seriously – especially as the Neocore results can vary a little on repeated tests (the HTC Sensation reached exactly 60 frames per second on a different test, for example).

If anything, use this comparison as a sign that there are more important things to worry about than the raw power – but these tests are always a bit of fun!

Specification Comparison Table

Optimus 2X
Galaxy S II
Dimensions: 126.1×65.4×11.3mm 117.8×63.5x11mm 123.9×63.2×10.9mm 125.3×66.1×8.5mm
Weight: 148g 135g 139g 116g
Screen size: 4.3-inches 4-inches 4-inches 4.3-inches
Screen: 540×960 pixels 540×960 pixels 480×800 pixels 480×800 pixels
Frequencies: 2G: Quad-Band
3G: Dual-Band
2G: Quad-Band
3G: Quad-Band
2G: Quad-Band
3G: Tri-Band
2G: Quad-Band
3G: Tri-Band
HSPA: 14.4Mbps DL
5.76Mbps UL
14.4Mbps DL
2Mbps UL
10.2Mbps DL
5.76Mbps UL
10.2Mbps DL
5.76Mbps UL
Wi-Fi: 802.11b/g/n + DLNA 802.11b/g/n + DLNA 802.11b/g/n + DLNA 802.11b/g/n + DLNA
Android OS: Android 2.3 Android 2.2 (w/update to 2.3) Android 2.2 (w/update to 2.3) Android 2.3
Processor: Qualcomm 1.2GHz, Adreno 220 GPU NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GHz, GeForce GPU NVIDIA Tegra 2, 1GHz, GeForce GPU Samsung S5PV310 Exynos 4210, 1.2GHz
RAM: 768MB 1GB 512MB 1GB
App storage: 1GB 2GB 1.5GB 2GB
Media storage: Upto 32GB (microSDHC) 10GB + upto 32GB (microSDHC) 8GB + upto 32GB (microSDHC) 16 or 32GB internal + upto 32GB (microSDHC)
Camera (still): 8MP autofocus rear, 0.3MP front 5MP autofocus rear, 0.3MP front 8MP autofocus rear, 1.3MP front 8MP autofocus rear, 2MP front
Camera (video): 720p 30fps & 1080p 30fps 720p 30fps (1080p future update) 720p 30fps & 1080p 24fps 720p 30fps & 1080p 30fps
Camera flash: Dual LED Dual LED Single LED Single LED
Connectivity: MHL link (combined Micro-USB + HDMI) Micro-USB + HDMI & USB On-The-Go via Webtop mode Micro-USB + HDMI MHL link (combined Micro-USB + HDMI) & USB On-The-Go
Bluetooth: V3 V2.1 + EDR V2.1 + EDR V3 + High Speed
Battery: 1,520mAh 1,930mAh 1,500mAh 1,650mAh
Other: HTC Sense V3 MotoBLUR + Webtop option to connect to LapDock & Multimedia dock Glass display, Gestures TouchWiz UI V4

Neocore Results


Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - 58.9 fps

Motorola ATRIX - 54 fps

Samsung Galaxy S II - 59.7 fps

HTC Sensation - 59.3 fps (60 fps on earlier test, not shown)

LG Optimus 2X - 76.3 fps

Quadrant Benchmark Results

Sony Ericsson Xperia arc - 1216

Motorola ATRIX - 1902

HTC Sensation - 1999

LG Optimus 2X - 2429

Samsung Galaxy S II - 2974

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