New HTC Droid DNA Smokes the LG Nexus 4 in Benchmarks Despite Nearly Identical Specs

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    Some Benchmarks pitting the new HTC Droid DNA up against the LG-made Google Nexus 4 phone are available to satiate your curiosity. Oddly, even though the two phones have the exact same processor and RAM specifications, the new Droid DNA absolutely crushes the Nexus 4. Obviously, the user experience is not really affected by these benchmarks because both phones are so fast. Still, it's interesting to see the disparity between the two. Normally you would think the "pure" Android experience would be the better of the two. Here's a breakdown of the results (with pics of the results at the source link below):

    • In Quadrant the Nexus 4 scored 4870 while the Droid DNA scored 8142.
    • In Smartbench the Nexus 4 scored 3171 while the Droid DNA scored 4588.
    • In Vellamo the Nexus 4 scored 954 while the Droid DNA scored 1751.
    • In AnTuTu the Nexus 4 scored 10048 while the Droid DNA scored 14537.
    Could this be because HTC has done a remarkable job at optimizing Sense UI? What other reason could cause some a large difference in raw performance numbers?

    Obviously, the other telling thing about this benchmark is that the new HTC Droid DNA is as fast or faster than just about any other smartphone out there, at least in static, number-crunching testing.

    Does this affect your purchasing decision?

    To discuss more about the new HTC Droid DNA, please check out our dedicated sister-site over at DroidDNAForum!

    Source: Droid-Life
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    I bet it started at 100% battery life before the benchmark (only 30% left in the screenshot) lol

    Plenty of reports of horrible battery life already with the DNA (as we all figured was going to happen)
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    HTC could tweak the OS to push better benchmark scores. But as stated they are so fast that the user won't notice any difference in regular usage.

    That battery in the DNA just kills me and is a major turn off.
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    Yeah, it doesn't seem technically feasible to me that you could do a UI overlay and somehow get better performance than stock. As another poster said, they've jiggered the OS to game the benchmarks.
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    I was going to say, it appears that the N4 is either throttling, or only running one core.

    Not much of a confidence builder for the N4 though, unless this was an isolated incident.
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    16gig of space, only 11gb useable... this thing could put up 20k in quadrant I still wouldnt get it... :angry:
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    All the while pushing more pixels and running cooler. Definitely my next phone, don't care about battery or space. I can live with those two issues. Plus its already been unlocked.
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    I can't make that fly. I work 12+ hour shifts, and I'm a supervisor. I need my phone to last, and I can't tether to electricity all day. Battery and connectivity are priorities for me.
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    spare battery?
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    Non-removable? Right?
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    Right. Non-removeable battery. I think that their is a lot of reasoning with all the cloud storage now. They can leave out memory and save money on hardware by selling you on cloud storage. I guess it is an option. I want the DNA so I'm sure I'll be using my Drive and Drop box a lot more now.
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    You can always buy one of those external charging units.
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    This right here is what folks need to focus on....

    Thermal issues with the N4? I hope that is isolated. If not.....those ppl saying "its a Nexus...it will run the same no matter who builds it" might be mistaken.. Stock Android is stock Android....but every phone manufacture doesn't build phones the same..
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    That's what I was thinking, instead of carrying around extra batteries just carry a USB portable charger in your car, backpack, or jacket.
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    while i agree that is an option, i don't think most people accept that as a reasonable / acceptable solution to a top-tier phone and let's face it when do we need the battery to be charged? It's going to happen when we are 1) talking on the phone 2) playing a game or 3) emailing/txt/etc. It isn't going to need charging when it is sitting there idle in your pocket or on your desk - the screen shots from other users show this battery dropping off a cliff when the screen is ON - no one wants to be tethered to a battery charging device (wall or otherwise) when actually USING the phone. It just reinforces peoples' dislike for HTC and shines light on HTC's lack of vision and knowing what people want...Anyone buying this phone that is coming from an iphone or otherwise will be immediately tuned off from android and/or htc, i think, because it will be incredibly frustrating to maintain a charge on this phone.
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    Yea, I so want to buy this phone, but its the typical HTC problem. Freaking fantastic phone, low power battery. I'm going to check it out in the store, but will probably end up with the note 2.

    Such a shame. With a 32g model and 3k battery, this would have been the top phone for x-mas & beyond.
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    ^^ you're right. Checking my SD card now I can see that my 16gb card is full. I want this phone but storage is a problem. I guess I can deal with the battery. I have a charger in every room of the house and 2 car charges. Who at HTC thought it would be a good idea for 16gb of storage? Fools!
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